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  • Writer's picturePenny Belle

Strawberry Crumble Oat Bars


These strawberry crumble oat bars are absolutely delicious and the semi healthy version that I made here was great for my sweet tooth. I’m trying to stay away from refined sugar but was really craving a sweet treat and these hit the spot perfectly.


A few things to note that you may find helpful


- As I mentioned, I was trying to create a healthy-ish version but you can use all purpose or whole grain flour instead of gluten free flour, butter instead of coconut oil and brown sugar instead of maple syrup. I don’t want to promote sugar consumption because it’s not doing me any favours at the moment but I have made these with sugar before.


- I put the peanut butter in the crumble that went on top this time but you can mix it in with the bottom layer instead. It can be a bit overpowering if you do both.


- If you are going really really sugar free, you can melt fresh fruit over a hot stove to make a filling. I’ve done it with blueberries and added corn starch to thicken it but this jam version was just a bit quicker


- Try to get good quality jam with less sugar and chemicals


Ingredients


  • 1 cup of gluten free flour

  • 1/3 cup of melted coconut oil

  • 1 cup of oats

  • 1/2 a cup of maple syrup

  • 1/2 a teaspoon of salt

  • 1 cup of strawberry jam (some people call it preserve or jelly)

  • 1/4 cup of melted almond butter

  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder

  • 1/2 cup brown or coconut sugar (optional. I used jam that had sugar in it so I didn’t use extra sugar)


Process

  • Preheat the oven to 350 and spray an 8x8 tin with non stick spray

  • In a bowl, mix together all of the ingredients apart from the peanut butter and the strawberry jam

  • Take around a third (1/3) of the mixture out, stir the peanut butter into it and then set it aside for the topping

  • Squish the other 2/3 of the mixture into the bottom of the oven tin and flatten it into the corners with your hands

  • Spread the jam over the crumble layer but not all the way to the edge because it gets all burnt and sticky when you bake it

  • Crumble the peanut butter crumble mix (the 1/3 you set aside earlier) over the jam and then pat it down a bit so it doesn’t all just roll off once it’s out of the oven (yes this happened to me lol)

  • Bake in the middle of the oven for 30-35 mins or until the crumble on top is the level of brown that you like

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