Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast Bars
I'm always on the lookout for easy and delicious things to make for breakfast that are on the one hand, relatively healthy and good for you, while on the other hand, not too good for you. I think these really do fit the bill. These are normally made with strawberry preserves, but here we're using fresh strawberries for a little lighter and lower-sugar approach. For best results, refrigerate before serving.
- Serves: 8 persons
- 1pound fresh strawberries
- ½lemon, juiced
- 2tablespoons white sugar
- 2teaspoons cornstarch
- 1½ cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- ½cup all-purpose flour
- ½cup whole wheat flour
- ½cup packed light brown sugar
- ½teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼teaspoon ground ginger
- 8tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
Step 1Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Butter a 9x12-inch baking dish.
Step 2Remove the green tops from strawberries using the tip of small, sharp knife or strawberry huller. Place the berries cut-side down on a work surface and cut in half. Slice each half lengthwise 3 to 5 times before turning and cutting across in a nice, uniform dice.
Step 3Combine diced strawberries, lemon juice, sugar, and cornstarch in a mixing bowl and stir until thoroughly combined and the cornstarch disappears. Set aside until needed.
Step 4Combine oats, all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, brown sugar, salt, and ginger in a mixing bowl. Pour in melted butter and stir thoroughly until dry ingredients are evenly coated.
Step 5Transfer 60% of the oatmeal mixture into the prepared baking dish and spread out into an even layer. Press the mixture down with the back of a spoon or spatula to compress slightly.
Step 6Place strawberries over the top using a slotted spoon. Do not press down. Reserve any accumulated juices in the bowl. Top with remaining oatmeal mixture and press down lightly with the back of a spoon or spatula. Drizzle reserved juices on top.
Step 7Bake in the preheated oven until the top is golden brown, about 45 minutes. Press the top down with a spatula to compress slightly. Let cool completely, about 1 hour. Cut into bars and serve.