Fruity Oatmeal Squares

21 Sep

Fruit & Oat Squares

 

One of the best parts of being a SAHM is when you can get together with your other SAHM friends in the middle of a weekday.

It always feels a little naughty though. Kind of like when you were in high school and you and your best friend would feign illness so that you both could leave school early and go back to her house to watch MTV and eat a bag of Doritos and a tube of cookie dough.

Or was that just me?

Anyway…

On a random weekday, not long ago, my friend Sara invited me over for coffee.

I’d love to tell you that we chatted about current events, cleaned things, organized other things, and were overall productive in any way but mostly we just drank coffee, stuffed our faces, watched lady movies, and gossiped.

Best morning ever.

Not wanting to show up empty-handed, I whipped up one of my favorite treats to share with her.

She, anticipating that maneuver, completely showed me up with some sort of divine pastry situation stuffed with spiced sausage. I’m not sure what their proper name was but they were buttery, spicy perfection that tasted like friendship and hugs.

Totally outdone.

Anyway, I guess these bars are pretty good too. Not magic buttery sausage pastry good, but they’ll do. πŸ˜‰

In all seriousness, I actually make these bars all the time. I’m sort of addicted to them. I eat them for breakfast, snack, and dessert.

They’re based on a recipe for Raspberry Oat Bars that I found online a few years ago that I adapted to suit my taste because raspberries are the worst.

I prefer to eat these bars when they’re warm so I’ll either stand in my kitchen and eat them with a fork straight out of the pan after they come out of the oven, or I’ll just reheat the leftovers in the microwave.

 

Fruity Oatmeal Squares

1 stick of unsalted butter – room temperature

1 cup brown sugar

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

1 1/4 cup AP flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

2 cups rolled oats

1 cup fruit preserves/jam – I used:

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9×9 inch pan.

Using a hand or stand mixer, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla and mix until combined.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Fold into the butter mixture along with 1 3/4 cups of the oats.

Press 2/3 of that mixture into your greased pan.

Spread a cup of your favorite jam or preserves on top.

You should have 1/4 cup (give or take) of oats left. Add those to your remaining dough and mix gently to combine.

Crumble the dough over the top of the preserves/jam.

Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown.

Store leftovers in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.

 

I normally don’t ice my bars because frankly, they don’t need it. But you can always add a little room temperature cream cheese, freshly squeezed lemon juice, a couple drops of vanilla, and a tiny pinch of salt to some powdered sugar, stir until smooth, and then just drizzle over the top.

 

*SAHM: Stay At Home Mom πŸ™‚

 

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2 Responses to “Fruity Oatmeal Squares”

  1. Jackie September 28, 2013 at 8:52 am #

    These sound yum! Will have to try

    Like

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