June 30, 2014

Strawberry Bars Recipe

My childhood friend introduced me to strawberry bars when we were in our early twenties.  My dietitian friend used raspberry jelly to make raspberry bars.  She gave me the recipe, but it took years for me to make them again, despite how I enjoyed them.  Since I make my own strawberry jam, it only made sense to make strawberry bars for my own family.

Strawberry Bars

by ThisSimpleHome.com
Prep Time: 5
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Ingredients (32 bars)
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 8-10 ounces of jam or jelly
Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 400. Prepare 9x13 pan with cooking spray.
2. Combine oats, flour, wheat-germ, and baking soda in a small bowl.
3. Beat brown sugar and butter until fluffy.
4. Add dry ingredients to the butter and sugar mixture. Mix thoroughly.
5. Press half of the crumb mixture in the bottom of the prepared pan.
6. Spread with jam.
7. Sprinkle with the remaining crumb mixture.
8. Bake 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
9. Slice with a sharp knife.
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As you can see, the strawberry jam spreads throughout the bars instead of remaining as distinct filling.   Use any jam or jelly of your preference to make strawberry bars.  You'll be glad you did.  The original recipe called for a 10 ounce jar of jelly.  I only used 8 ounces, and it was just fine.

Homemade strawberry jam is actually much simpler to make than I thought.  I don't even can mine; instead I freeze it.

Do you prefer strawberries or raspberries?  (I don't prefer either...but like them both in foods and smoothies.  It's a texture thing.)

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10 comments:

  1. Ohhh those look good. and I am loving the prep time! As soon as we finish off the blueberry cheesecake I think I know what i am making!

    Thanks for sharing this Annette!

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  2. They look tempting - and pretty simple - a good combination :)

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  3. Why yes, yes I'd love to make this and gain 50 pounds when I eat the whole thing.

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  4. These look so good and easy! I'm going to have to make some for my son soon! Thanks for sharing the recipe

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  5. These are definitely light work and super easy. They are also tempting...I tend to eat more than my share at once.

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  6. Yum yum. I love strawberries more than raspberries. Not a huge fan any of the jams but I like the fresh ones more :)

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  7. These sound so yummy and easy to do . Will have to try them with my grandkids - they would probably gobble them up in no time.

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  8. Those look yummy! I'll have to try this so that my family can take them to work/school for snacks instead of those processed fruit bars.

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  9. Never heard of it before but it sounds and looks yummy. I love strawberries. Thank you for sharing.

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