Fall is here and my baking game has been annoyingly consistent. I have been baking at the minimum once every other day. I am sharing the joy and spreading the desserts around though, so good karma.
This past weekend we paid a visit to our local swap meat and farmers market combo. The result – a box of beautiful and juicy fresh strawberries. The dilemma began right away. Uh, my 14 month old won’t eat all these strawberries before they start to mold. Since I have been on a breakfast bars/prep hype – what better way to test them but in some Strawberry Oat Bars. Yes!
FRESH STRAWBERRIES, ALWAYS
I’ve always wanted to create the perfect snack that would incorporate delicious fresh strawberries. I have always had trouble maintaining the pretty presentation and texture of strawberries – they always come out looking sort of mushy and greenish red, not that appetizing. Maybe those are just its characteristics, but it sort of bugs me, you know? Any how, my obsession with strawberries comes from my son – he LOVES them. I mean, he could eat them at every meal if he could, in fact he kind of does. Watching him squeeze them in his hand before stuffing them into his mouth and watching the juices drip out of his mouth is oddly satisfying. His enjoyment brings me joy. ♥
The point here? I alway shave TONS of strawberries in my fridge, by the box! Finding ways to use them up before they near death is a challenge. But lately I have been into breakfast meal prepping of the sorts, quick and easy – lots and lots of breakfast bars have been baked. And so, the Strawberry Oat Bars were born.
WALNUTS, THE POWERHOUSE NUT
Another component worth mentioning,Walnuts! I just now discovered the amazing health benefits of walnuts. I learned about it after a reader reached out to me and mentioned how great it was that I liked to use walnuts, and it would be great to include some background on walnuts for my readers (I hope I have some, psh). Well I did. Did you know there are 22 health benefits provided from consuming walnuts in just one meal a day? (site) Yeah, I didn’t know that. I wrote a whole little shpeal on it in my Apple Pear and Walnut Pie recipe. Check it out, learn some stuff, bake a pie, and enjoy the health benefits.
HERE ARE A FEW BENEFITS THAT SPEAK TO ME
- Improves Overall Mood – Being a mom and struggling with postpartum depression and stress is hard. Anything that helps is welcome in my book.
- Anti-Inflammatory – When I think anti-inflammatory I think, yes, please help the dreaded Aunt Flo side effects.
- Contains Vitamins – Once women become moms I think most can agree a well balanced meal at every meal time can be a dream. Most of the time I snack, so reaching my vitamin intake through food is tough.
- Reduce Signs of Aging – This one is a no brainer! Who wants to get old, come on now!
- Reduce Risks of Diabetes – My dad developed Type-2 Diabetes in is 30’s; I am 29, soo…. Positive thoughts, but being cautious never hurt anybody.
- Improves Brain Function – I want me a smart brain.
- Improves Quality of Sleep – Once again, mom here! Sleep, what sleep? I have so much going through my brain that falling asleep can sometimes be easy but other time can be tough.
- Improves Quality of Hair – This kid has ruined me. Post-pregnancy hair loss is a doozy. It sucks, plain and simple. My thick hair is gone.
- Benefits Pregnancy and Babies – Anything to help out my little offsprings!
- Reduces Risk of Breast and Ovarian Cancer – Most women can agree with me, I think, that breast and ovarian cancer is always in the back of our mind. Cancer is not racist or selfish. Sure, genetics come into effect here, but it can happen to any one of us. Anything to help keep me on this earth longer for my family.
- Helps Maintain a Healthy Weight – I am vain, I will be the first to admit. Being fit and healthy is important to me, especially after having kids. Being able to keep up with them for a long time is important to me and keeping my hubby happy is a plus.
- Lowers Blood Pressure and Helps Your Heart – Two very important things!
3 STEPS TO DELICIOUSNESS
You really only have 3 main steps before you plop these bars into the oven: the crust, the strawberry filling, and a quick walnut crumble.
- Combine the crust ingredients and evenly flatten on the bottom of a parchment lined 9×13 baking dish.
2. Layer sliced strawberries over the top of the crust and sprinkle the flour over the top.
3. Combine the crumble ingredients and sprinkle over the top of the strawberries. Bake at 350F for 30 minutes. Let the bars rest in the pan for 10 minutes before removing the parchment paper. Allow them to cool completely before cutting. Simple!
Cut into desired squares and enjoy!
Strawberry Oat Bars
For The Crust
- ¾ cup Butter, unsalted (melted)
- ½ cup Brown Sugar, light
- 1 Egg
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1 cup Flour, AP
- 2 cups Quick Oats
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- ¼ tsp Salt, kosher
For The Filling
- 2 ½ cups Strawberries, Fresh (sliced)
- 2 tbsp Flour, AP
For The Crumble
- ½ cup Flour, AP
- ⅓ cup Brown Sugar, light
- ¾ cup Quick Oats
- 1 tsp Cinnamon, ground
- 1/3 cup Butter, unsalted (melted)
- 1 tsp Honey
- ½ cup Walnuts (chopped)
Prep Before Hand
- Preheat the oven to 350F. Line a 9x13 baking pan with parchment paper.
For The Crust
- Whisk the butter and brown sugar together.
- Whisk in the egg and vanilla extract.
- Stir in the flour, oats, baking soda, and salt until well combined.
- Evenly spread the crust mixture on the bottom of the prepared baking dish with a rubber spatula.
For the Filling
- Layer the sliced strawberries over the top of the crust.
- Sprinkle the filling flour over the top of the strawberries.
For the Crumble
- Combine the flour, brown sugar, oats, and cinnamon in a bowl.
- Add in the melted butter and mix with a fork until it resmebles crumbles and is in clumps.
- Sprinkle over the top of strawberrins evenly.
- In the same bowl, combine the honey and the walnut pieces. Sprinkle over the top of the strawberries as well.
Bake the Strawberry Oat Bars
- Bake in preheated oven until top is slightly golden and the bottom crust has set, about 30 minutes.
- Allow it to cool in the pan for 10 minutes.
- Remove the parchment paper carefully and allow the bars (not yet cut) to fully cool to room temperature. Once cool, cut into desired size bars. Enjoy!
- You can always omit the nuts due to allergies or preference
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