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Honey Oat Strawberry Bars

April 1, 2012

Spring is a rather difficult time for me.  It is a difficult time for me because I get severely itchy feet.  Every spring the same patterns happen to me.  The snow melts, the flowers push through the ground, and the tiny buds begin to open and the sun breathes life into us.  Spring is the mark of a new beginning for me.  It is a time when I love to explore new areas and different opportunities.  Spring is not to be wasted inside unless of course it is raining.  The last couple of days have been glorious, the sun is shining the birds are  busy making nests and finding mates and I am fighting off my spring time itchy feet syndrome 🙂  don’t worry, my feet are firmly rooted where they are for now!

These Honey Oat Strawberry Bars are tender, sweet and chewy.   They are soft but hold together well making them prefect for a picnic or an after hike snack.  These bars would also be wonderful for breakfast or brunch as they are not overly sweet. I really love how these honey oat strawberry bars combine and oatmeal cookie with the deep red color of strawberry jam.  They have a wonderfully buttery oatmeal flavor which really compliments the strawberry preserves.  These honey oat strawberry bars benefit from sitting overnight, as this allows them to soften and their flavors to mingle.

Honey Oat Strawberry Bars
Ingredients

1/3 cup plus one tablespoon butter
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1 egg
1/4 cup honey
1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup strawberry jam

To Prepare

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease an 8×8-inch pan, line with tinfoil leaving a 1-inch overhang, lightly grease the tinfoil.
In the bowl of your electric mixer cream together butter and sugar. Add the egg and honey, mixing until blended. Stir in the oats, flour, and baking soda. The Batter will be slightly sticky. Using floured hands, press 3/4 of the batter into the bottom of the prepared pan. Spread strawberry jam evenly over the top. Crumble the remaining 1/4 of the batter on top.
Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until lightly browned. Allow to cool slightly in pan before serving.

Makes 16 ~ 2-inch squares
Source Adaptation The Pastry Affair

These bars are perfect with your morning coffee or tucked into your rucksack for your next big itchy foot adventure!

Not a fan of strawberries?  Try one of these recipes  Fresh Blueberry Crumb Triangles or Fresh Raspberry Crumb Bars.

From our kitchen to yours,
Sydney Jones

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. April 1, 2012 12:40 pm

    Looks delicious – have to make these for hiking!

  2. April 1, 2012 12:54 pm

    These look very yummy! I will have to give them a try:) Thank you for sharing….certainly looking forward to your posts as well!

  3. April 2, 2012 4:25 am

    Could I try all three? Raspberry, blueberry and strawberry all together? 😀 I love them all, and they all sound so good!

    Quick question though – what are “old fashioned oats”?

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