Oatmeal Strawberry Bars

Organic strawberries are on sale this week!!  I bought 2 cartons and then found myself at the grocery store again a few days later only to see that organic strawberries are on sale this week!!  I obviously bought 2 more… forgetting about the first two.  Woopsa.  Daisy.

I hate (and I mean hate) wasting produce.  It kills me.  So I researched a bunch of strawberry recipes and plan on baking what I can and freezing whatever’s left.

Sidenote:  We got a new puppy last week while in Nashville visiting our good friends!  It was totally unexpected, but we bumped into Nashville Humane Society at a park and ended up adopting this sweet lil’ fella. He flew back with us and is happy as a clam in his new home. Or maybe we’re the ones happy as clams.  Either way… meet Louie! Is he not the cutest thing you ever did see?

Puppies wake up early.  So puppy parents wake up early too and this means more time for cooking/baking. Today I decided on some Oatmeal Strawberry bars and they were REALLY stinkin’ good.

Louie 2

Ingredients n’ thangs:

  • 1 Cup Old Fashioned Oats
  • 3/4 Cup Flour
  • 1/3 Cup Sugar
  • 1/4 Ground Ginger
  • 6 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter, Melted.
  • 1 Teaspoon Cornstarch
  • 1 Tablespoon Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tablespoon Sugar, Divided
  • 2 Cups Strawberries, Diced into Small Pieces

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and line an 8 x 8 cooking sheet with parchment paper.

Start by combining oats, flour, 1/3 cup sugar, ginger and salt in a mixing bowl.  Melt the butter and pour over mixture.  Stir until a nice crumbly texture forms.  Put 1/2 cup of crumble aside and press the rest of the mixture evenly into the bottom of the pan.

Scatter 1 cup of strawberries evenly on top of the crust.  Sprinkle the cornstarch, lemon juice and 1/2 tablespoon of sugar evenly on top of them.  Add remaining strawberries and another 1/2 tablespoon of sugar.  Finish by sprinkling the 1/2 cup of crumble on top.

Bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes until strawberries are bubbly and the crumbles are golden brown and toasty.  Allow the bars to cool completely before cutting.

These are just 100 calories each!   I’m down with that.

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This recipe is every so slightly modified and comes from Well Plated by Erin

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