• Raspberry Oatmeal Bars

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    This recipe comes from a good friend to Dinner Intervention, Valerie, who has her own food blog called Simple Fare, Fairly Simple.  We loved this recipe at our house!  Thanks to my handy, dandy food processor, it took a literal ten minutes to get these into the oven.  The taste was reminiscent of a Kellogg’s Nutrigrain bar, except WAY better.  And check out the difference in the ingredient list.  Be sure to click on Valerie’s link and check out all her other amazing recipes!  Thanks, Valerie!

    Here are the ingredients to a Kellogg’s Nutrigrain bar: CRUST: WHOLE GRAIN OATS, ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, VITAMIN B1 [THIAMIN MONONITRATE], VITAMIN B2 [RIBOFLAVIN], FOLIC ACID), WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR, SOYBEAN AND/OR CANOLA OIL, SOLUBLE CORN FIBER, SUGAR, DEXTROSE, FRUCTOSE, CALCIUM CARBONATE, WHEY, WHEAT BRAN, SALT, CELLULOSE, POTASSIUM BICARBONATE, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, MONO- AND DIGLYCERIDES, SOY LECITHIN, WHEAT GLUTEN, NIACINAMIDE, VITAMIN A PALMITATE, CARRAGEENAN, ZINC OXIDE, REDUCED IRON, GUAR GUM, VITAMIN B6 (PYRIDOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE), VITAMIN B1 (THIAMIN HYDROCHLORIDE), VITAMIN B2 (RIBOFLAVIN), FILLING: INVERT SUGAR, CORN SYRUP, STRAWBERRY PUREE CONCENTRATE, GLYCERIN, SUGAR, MODIFIED CORN STARCH, SODIUM ALGINATE, CITRIC ACID, DICALCIUM PHOSPHATE, METHYLCELLULOSE, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, CARAMEL COLOR, MALIC ACID, RED 40.

    Raspberry Oatmeal Bars

    Ingredients:

    • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
    • 1 cup all-purpose flour  (I used 1/2 AP, 1/2 spelt)
    • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/8 teaspoon salt
    • 1 cup rolled oats
    • 1/2 cup butter, softened
    • 3/4 cup seedless raspberry jam  (I used strawberry)

    Directions:

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8 inch square pan. (I used a 9 inch round.) Line with foil and spray the foil.
    Combine brown sugar, flour, baking soda, salt, and rolled oats.

    Cut in the butter with a pastry blender until crumbly. (I combined everything, then pulsed it approximately 15 times in my food processor.)
     
    Press 2 cups of the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan.

    Spread the jam almost to the edge.

    Sprinkle the remaining crumb mixture over the top, and lightly press it into the jam.

    Bake for 35 to 40 minutes in preheated oven, or until lightly browned.

    Allow to cool then cut into bars.

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