As if I didn’t already have enough sweets…I could not resist trying to make these Strawberry Oatmeal Bars. The recipe is from Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman, on the Food Network. I must admit, that I truly love a bunch of her recipes. That woman just has great taste! So here is a link to the recipe –> Strawberry Oatmeal Bars.
Don’t they look just delicious?!?! I mean seriously! So I came upon this recipe because I had a batch of puréed strawberries from this Spring. See I live in FL and our strawberry season is early in the first quarter of the year. We had picked a ton of strawberries this year and I decided to purée the leftovers and froze them. Well looking at my freezer stash, I realized I needed to find something to do with this strawberry purée. When I googled strawberry recipes, Ree’s came up. Boy am I glad it did!
This recipe is super easy. Again, you all know I’m not a baker. But I’m not sure you can count these bars as officially a baking type thing. I mean it really is just too easy. Dump some oatmeal with flour, brown sugar, butter, salt and baking powder and voila…it’s magic! Now Ree’s recipe calls for salted butter, but I used unsalted. I never use salted butter. And I’m glad I did. I think if I used salted butter, it would be too salty. I also have to say that her recipe calls for using any flavored jam. My strawberry purée was naturally sweet but not overtly. Which I think you’d expect from a natural purée. Store bought jams tend to have a lot of sugar. So my recommendation would be to cut down the 1 cup of brown sugar to 1/2 – 3/4. The 1 cup though was perfect with my purée.
I also saw some comments about how it didn’t fit into a 9×13 pan. Personally mine fit perfect. I had doubts when I was putting it into the pan, but after it baked and expanded, it was perfect. Here’s a picture of my finished pan.
For me, this is a recipe that will definitely be sticking! Try it out! Thanks Ree! As always, you rock!