Oatmeal Berry Bars

I made these for Mother’s Day while we still didn’t have any AP white flour. They’re super soft and sweet, and I liked them a lot. I’m not gonna lie, they might be better using half AP flour, but I was working with what I had. As the flour shortage continues, hopefully this will help you if you’re working with sparse resources, too. You could also replace jam for fresh berries, apple sauce, or mashed banana. In their current state I would give them a solid 6.5/10, but adding regular flour to the topping would bring them up to an 8, easily.

Ingredients:

Crust:

1/2 c oat flour (blended oats)

1/2 c almond flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

mashed ripe banana

2 tbsp maple syrup

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp cinnamon

Filling:

about a half a cup of jam- enough to form a layer of desired thickness

Topping:

1/4 c brown sugar

2 tbsp sugar

1/2 tbsp cinnamon

dash of salt

1/4 c coconut oil melted

1/2 c +1 tbsp oat flour

ground almonds for sprinkling (optional)

preheat oven to 375. combine dry crust ingredients in a large bowl. combine wet crust ingredients in a medium bowl. add wet to dry ingredients. Pour mixture into 8×8 dish & distribute evenly. place layer of jam over top. combine sugars, cinnamon, and salt in a medium bowl. add coconut oil until combined. use a fork to loosely mix flour (should be combined, but crumbly). sprinkle over top of dish, keeping crumbly. sprinkle almonds over top, if using. bake for 30 mins and let cool completely before serving.

Tips/Things I would Change:

  • Change topping flour to AP
  • Maybe bake a little longer
  • You could make each part and assemble at the end, but I think letting the jam sit on the first layer gives it a good flavor

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