Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

I wanted to use up a jar of strawberry jam which I bought during my last trip to Cameron Highlands. Since I do make my own homemade jam, this jar of strawberry jam has been left forgotten, hidden behind other stuffs on my pantry shelf. 

I used the jam to make Strawberry Oatmeal Bars, recipe from The Pioneer Woman. 

Very easy to make, simply mix flour, oats, baking powder, butter into coarse crumbs. Sprinkle half of this mixture into a greased pan, pressing down lightly to pack it, spread evenly with the strawberry jam and sprinkle with the remaining half oats mixture. Bake until golden 30 to 40 minutes.

You got to grease the pan you are using, really well, I think it would be better to line with parchment paper. I did not line my baking dish, simply greased it with butter, and I have difficulty removing the bars.

I find the bars a little dry and crumbly, but it tasted really nice.

And wonderful with a cup of warm tea.

Strawberry Oatmeal Bars
(adapted from The Pioneer Women)
1-3/4 stick cold water, cut into pieces
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 cups oats (quick or regular)
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 jar (10 to 12 ounces) strawberry preserves

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9x13 or 8x10 baking dish.
Mix together the flour, oats, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cut in the butter with a pastry cutter until it resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle half the mixture into the pan and pat lightly to pack it a little tight. Spoon strawberry preserves evenly over the surface, then use a dinner knife to carefully spread it around. Sprinkle the other half of the oat mixture over the top and pat lightly again.

Bake until golden brown on top, about 30 to 40 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool in pan.

When cool, cut into squares and serve.

I'm linking this to Cook Like A Star, featuring Ree Drummond as the star for this month, hosted by Zoe from Bake For Happy KidsBaby Sumo from Eat Your Heart Out and Mich from Piece of Cake.


  1. Delicious oatmeal bars looks crunchy and yummy.

  2. Oh Joyce,
    Healthy and notty in one!

  3. I would love to join you for afternoon tea with some of these gorgeous jam bars!

  4. That looks delicious! Yes, I tried baking some oats bars using another recipe and it got stuck too! got to use parchment!

  5. Simply delicious and healthy looking bars. The best part is that I could carry these bars outdoors to have it at any point of time.

  6. this such a great snack for the kids after school. I am bookmarking this one for later! LOVE IT!

  7. In spite of dry, I think these bars make a great snack...simple and easy.
    Hope you are having a great week Joyce :D

  8. Hi Joyce,

    This is also one of the recipes that I have bookmarked for this month CLAS or Nov Oat LTU... but so many other recipes to bake and cook, this recipe goes to the bottom of my list... Ops!

    Nevertheless, I reckon this is a great lunch box for kids... My boy is starting school next year and this recipe might re-surface again being part of my boy's lunch box recipes :D


  9. Easy and tasty. Perfect with a cup of tea! Thank you so much for sharing yet another delicious post. I'm hungry now! I hope you are having a great Tuesday!

  10. I love the sound of these strawberry bars!

  11. I like to bake with oat. Love the jam /filling between the crumbly oat bar. Yummy!

  12. These bars look easy and delicious! I made her granola bars, they were great!

  13. Joyce this looks like a very delicious after-school treat!

  14. Hi Joyce, I also bookmarked this because I want to use my strawberry jam and oats.

  15. Joyce, this seems like a good way to use up jams. I am sure other flavors would work too :)

  16. Joyce, these bars definitely look like a good breakfast where you can eat it with coffee or tea so it won't taste that dry ;) And best of all, it's brilliant to use up your strawberry jam really fast ;P