I recently saw the Pioneer Woman make these strawberry oatmeal bars on her Food Network show and thought, “I’ve got a lot of strawberry freezer jam, I should make these.” So I did and boy are they yummy!
There was an upcoming appreciation event at school and I cut these into small bars and put them into bags for a snack at a later time. Just bite size pieces that were perfect for a quick treat or afternoon craving. They would also be delicious as an after school treat or dessert. When the Pioneer Woman made these the topping covered the jam. I may have used too much on the bottom but I didn’t think using half was enough for the bottom and didn’t want the jam to seep through and burn. By not covering the top completely with the oat mixture I think it makes for a pretty presentation. If you don’t have homemade strawberry jam, store-bought is fine. Use whatever brand you enjoy. You could also mix it up and use raspberry or another flavor of your choice.
- 1 ¾ sticks butter, cut into pieces, plus more for greasing the pan
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 ½ cups oats
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- One 10 to 12 ounce jar strawberry preserves
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9 x 13 inch rectangular pan. Set aside.
- Mix together the butter, flour, oats, brown sugar, baking powder and salt.
- Press half the oat mixture into the prepared pan. Spread with the strawberry preserves. Sprinkle remaining oat mixture over top and pat lightly.
- Bake until light brown, 30 to 40 minutes. Let cool completely and then cut into squares.