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