These bars are a twist on fruit crisp and perfectly portable too. My son goes back to school in a few weeks and these would make a perfect afternoon snack. You can also, wrap in wax paper and place into your kiddos lunch box for a special treat.
This recipe comes together in no time. The hardest part is waiting for the bars to cool before you slice them. There are 3 layers to these bars- the buttery oat crust, fruit filling and crumble topping. Feel free to substitute any type of berry in this recipe. Raspberries would make a fine addition, too.
I had one of these for breakfast this morning- fruit and granola, it has to be healthy?!
- 1 cup plus two tbsp all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 3/4 cup butter, melted
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1 pint fresh blueberries
- 1 cup chopped strawberries
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tsp lemon juice
1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
2. Mix 1 cup flour, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and baking powder in a large mixing bowl. Stir in melted butter and vanilla extract until it is the consistency of wet sand.
3. Dump 3/4 of the crumb mixture into an ungreased 8″ x 8″ pan. Press lightly into pan, to form a crust.
4. In another bowl, mix together berries, white sugar, two tbsp flour, and lemon juice until berries are well coated.
5. Spread berry mixture evenly across crust base.
6. Sprinkle remaining crumb mixture evenly on top.
7. Place in oven and bake 40-45 min (until crust is golden brown and berry mixture is bubbling.)
8. Remove from oven and set on counter allowing bars to set. Cool before cutting.
*Store bars in fridge.
If you don’t wait for the bars to set, the mixture will come out much like fruit crisp and that tastes great too. Sometimes, we are impatient and want to enjoy our kitchen adventures sooner. Do whatever works best for you.
Thanks for reading! xo