Anything sweet at all is better than nothing: says your resident sugar addict. Unfortunately we cannot all eat chocolate every night for dinner, otherwise I would be more than happy to. The issue with that is… well, well there’s really no problem at all with that (in my opinion). But every once in awhile, it can be fun to mix up your sweet tooth. Now that I have a bundle of schoolmates to give all of my baking to, I was more than happy to indulge myself and make “healthy” strawberry oatmeal bars. And honestly, it was one of the quickest and similarly delicious dessert-like snacks that I’ve ever had. Thanks to Well Plated by Erin for posting the recipe so I could give it and some variations a shot (I opted for no sugar glaze)! Without question: I would highly recommend it.
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- 3/4 cups flour
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 6 tbsp coconut oil
- squeezed lemon juice
- 1 tbsp of sugar
- 1 package (or 2 cups of sliced strawberries)
- Preheat your oven to 375 F and take your tray (ideally an 8-by-8 inch pan with parchment paper – but if not… a coconut oil-ed tray is fine)
- Combine your oats, flour, brown sugar, ginger and salt and stir it together: then add in your coconut oil until the dry ingredients are clumpy and moistened. Use all by 1/2 cup of it and squish it down on the pan
- Layer strawberries on the crust and line them up to your most favoured aesthetic, sprinkle on some lemon juice, and half of your sugar. Again, layer on top the rest of the strawberries, making it look just as beautiful as you’d like: and then the remaining sugar…. finally add on the rest of the crumbs.
- Bake the bars for 35-40 minutes until the crumb topping looks golden. You can eat them warm or cool them (but I personally found it difficult to wait).
- And then send them to all your friends and listen to them rave about your baking 🙂
Note: Next time I make this and I have access to a blender, I am definitely going to adapt these to have a layer of date and almond butter with some nuts along with different kinds of fruit and maybe even some coconut in the flour. As I was eating, I couldn’t help but imagine all of the awesome great dishes it was possible to make. Seriously: I am beyond ready for a blender. But if YOU happen to have one, please go and try out some variations: I’m excited to see what potential this recipe has!