These strawberry oatmeal bars have a luscious fresh strawberry center that sits on a whole wheat pastry flour base and is topped with a buttery streusel crumble.
They are the perfect way to make use of fresh strawberries that are so plentiful right now.
Every year, about this time, I come back from the Farmer’s market with a LOT of fresh strawberries. I used them in so many recipes to make sure that I enjoy them, since I know that their season is quite short.
(See my fresh strawberry yogurt pops. The kids will love them!)
For this oatmeal bars recipe, I am using the strawberries for to make a yummy strawberry sauce that gives so much flavor to these bars.
(You can use preserves like so many other strawberry bars call for, but the bars just won’t taste the same.)
Fresh Strawberry Oatmeal Bars – Bring on Summer!
The flavor of these bars comes from fresh strawberries. I love that they are used in a couple of ways in the dessert (both whole in chunks and made into a delicious preserve style puree.)
The bars just seem to be beckoning us towards summer!
Start by preparing your strawberries. Wash them and remove the stems. Use an immersion blender or regular blender to turn 1/2 of them into a puree.
Cut the other half into big chunks.
The filling is made by mixing half of the puree with corn flour and then mixing the remaining puree, the mixed puree and the chunks of strawberries in a saucepan and cooking it until it thickens.
Set the mixture aside to cool while you prepare the crumb base and topping. All of the crumble ingredients go into a food processor and it gets pulsed for a few minutes until it forms crumbs.
Half of it goes on the bottom of a prepared pan. The strawberry sauce gets added and then the remainder of the crumble goes on top to bake for about 40 minutes till it is lightly browned.
Let’s taste these fresh strawberry oatmeal bars
These bars have a buttery crust and topping that holds in the delicious strawberry center. Every bite is fresh, sweet and crunchy.
I love to take these delicious bars when I go to a pot luck dinner. I know that the pan will be empty in no time flat.
These bars are great for breakfast, perfect for a snack and round out any meal in a flavorful way. The recipe makes 24 bars each with 165 calories. Not bad for a healthy snack!
This post first appeared on my site in May 2013. I have revamped it to add new photos and to update the directions.