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Fruit-Filled Oatmeal Bars

November 4, 2014 by

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The Members

1 cup of whole wheat pastry flour (original recipe calls for all-purpose)

1 cup oats (I use regular rolled, original recipe calls for quick-cooking)

1/3 cup packed brown sugar (original recipe calls for 2/3 cup)

1/4 teaspoon of baking soda

1 teaspoon of cinnamon (optional – original recipe does not use)

1/2 cup butter (this is also excellent with coconut oil)

1 – 21 ounce can pie filling or 1 1/2 cups fruit preserves (My favorites are: applesauce, cranberry sauce, apple pie filling, raspberry jam, & huckleberry jam)

The Method

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. (My favorite is this countertop convection oven.)

Grease a 9x9x2 or 11x7x1 1/2 inch baking pan with oil, butter, or spray.

Using a food processor, cut butter into several slices into the food processor bowl. Then add flour, oats, sugar, baking soda, and cinnamon (if using). Process until all ingredients have been well incorporated. (30 seconds to 1 minute).

If you don’t have a food processor, you can do the same thing in a bowl using a fork or pastry blender to cut in the butter until your mixture results in a coarse crumb.

Set approximately 1/3 of the mixture aside, or about 1/2 cup. Press the remaining mixture into the bottom of your pan.

Spread your desired filling over the crust in the pan, chopping up any large pieces of fruit (if using pie filling).

Sprinkle remaining mixture over the top of the fruit and bake for approximately 30 minutes or until the top is lightly browned.

Cool in the pan on a cooling rack before cutting into bars and serving.

These make an excellent breakfast, snack, or dessert.

They freeze well. Simply place into a labeled ziploc bag and freeze once cooled. To defrost, allow to thaw at room temperature, in the refrigerator, or defrost in a microwave or oven.

I cannot take credit for this recipe, but it is a favorite in our home. I slightly adapted this recipe. It is also found in this cookbook: one I reference often and highly recommend.

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These bars are quick, healthy, and delicious. I hope your family enjoys them as much as ours does!

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27 Responses to Fruit-Filled Oatmeal Bars

    • Heather

      I love using oatmeal in snacks and desserts, too, Shannon! It makes them healthier so we can eat more, right? Thanks for the pin. I’m sure your family will love these. They are so versatile. You can use any fruit you have on hand.

  1. Lou Lou Girls

    Hello cute lady! This looks incredible. Pinned. We really appreciate you taking the time to stop by our party. It wouldn’t be a party without you. Please join us on Monday at 7 pm. Happy Saturday! Lou Lou Girls

    • Heather

      Coconut oil is definitely a favorite of mine, Cathy. I use both the coconut flavored (virgin) and the neutral-tasting (expeller-pressed). I also use it as a facial moisturizer. It’s a wonderful product. Enjoy the oatmeal bars!

  2. sgarrison05

    These look so good….like Nutrigrain bars but only better! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Talented Tuesdays Heather! I hope you join us again this week!!

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