Heather is happiest when taking a beautiful photo, creating something in her kitchen, or elbows-deep in a DIY project.
Home Made Strawberry and Oatmeal Bars
These home made bars taste delicious. Imagine a yummy oatmeal cookie with a strawberry filling or a piece of strawberry pie with a yummy brown sugar and oat crumble. These strawberry bars remind my taste buds of a variety of my favorite desserts. This dessert squares recipe is also so simple that you'll find yourself making this dessert treat regularly. It's foolproof and the kids can help too.
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- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 cups Quaker Oats, uncooked
- 1 and 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2/3 cup butter, softened
- 1 jar (18 oz) Smucker's Strawberry Preserves
What Are Strawberry Preserves?
How are strawberry preserves different from strawberry jam or strawberry jelly?
- Strawberry jelly is made from the fruity juice of strawberries.
- Strawberry jam is made from the pulp of crushed strawberries.
- Strawberry preserves contain chunks of strawberries and syrup or jam.
Strawberry Oatmeal Bars
- Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly grease 13x9 inch baking pan.
- In bowl, combine flour, oats, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Stir until mixed well.
- In separate larger bowl, cream butter and brown sugar. Gradually add dry mix, stirring well. Mixture will be crumbly.
- Reserve 1 cup crumb mixture for topping. Press remaining crumb mixture onto bottom of prepared pan. Bake 7-8 minutes until lightly browned.
- Remove from oven and spread preserves over crust. Sprinkle remaining crumb mixture on top. Bake 20-25 minutes or until crumble topping is golden brown. Cool completely in pan on wire rack.
Oats and Strawberries
Tips for Baking Strawberry Bars
- When all of my ingredients are almost mixed together, I like to finish combining the mixture by hand. Wash your hands and coat with a little shortening or oil. Kneed and squish your crumbly mixture with your hands to evenly distribute all the ingredients. This saves time and wasted energy with an electric mixer or an unhelpful spoon.
- If you're not a fan of those fruit chunks, don't worry. By the time your squares are done baking, the fruit pieces have melted. When you remove your pan from the oven, the strawberry preserves will be bubbling hot. You won't bite into a bar and get a large strawberry piece—trust me.
- Use your favorite flavor of fruit preserves or experiment combining two kinds in the same dessert.
Easy Oatmeal Squares
A lot of people ask me how I have time or energy to do as much cooking and baking as I do. Recipes for desserts like these oatmeal squares definitely make it easy. This dessert uses simple ingredients that aren't hard to find in the grocery store and more importantly are everyday items that I usually have on hand. This recipe is ready in no time at all because it doesn't entail too many steps. Like many other people out there, I sometimes won't bake because I hate the cleanup required. These oat squares don't make a mess. Baking quick and easy treats like these enable me to have more time and the energy to spend it on whatever I want. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
More Uncooked Oats Recipes
- Cherry Craisin Oat Bars
A healthy snack I whipped up that tastes good and is good for you. These bars are faster to make and yummier than cookies or cupcakes.
Leland Johnson from Midland MI on March 06, 2018:
Heather, great article. Loved your pictures of the ingredients. I'm a show and tell person so the pics are helpful for me. Thank you!
firstname.lastname@example.org on August 13, 2016:
Thank you for sharing this recipe! It is baking in the oven right now! I made it gluten free with gf oats and buckwheat flour. Will serve it later today, at an Arctic Race event ☺
Heather (author) from Arizona on March 18, 2014:
@katie-- Thanks so much for the great idea. I do love the gooeyness to them when they're warm :)
@Faith A Mullen-- Thanks so much for stopping by. I'm glad you enjoyed this recipe. I hope you get a chance to bake these bars and love them as much as I do :)
@lemonkerdz-- Thanks for reading and commenting! You're right... the possibilities are practically endless. I'm glad you enjoyed this recipe.
@Glimmer Twin Fan-- Thanks so much. Raspberry sounds yummy too. Thanks for stopping by and pinning :)
@carol7777-- Thanks so much. I love baking with oatmeal so much! Thanks for stopping by. I'm glad you enjoyed this recipe :)
katie on August 29, 2013:
make sure and let them cook all the way before you cut - when they're warm they can be pretty gooey:)
Faith A Mullen on January 25, 2013:
These look so good! I will definitely be trying them. Love that you used your own pictures. Voted up!
lemonkerdz from LIMA, PERU on November 04, 2012:
hey i really like this idea and you could have no end of fruit fillings to spice them up depending on seasonal fruits available.
thaks for the great and easy to follow hub.
Claudia Mitchell on September 27, 2012:
This looks awesome! I'll probably swap out the strawberry for raspberry, but yummy. Pinned!
carol stanley from Arizona on September 26, 2012:
They just look so good! I love oatmeal in baked stuff as it is crunchy. I am a big crunch fan. I am going to bookmark, vote up and share.