Raspberry Oatmeal-Cinnamon Bars

Friday, May 24

Raspberry Oatmeal-Cinnamon Bars | une gamine dans la cuisine

Sometimes I crave several hefty spoonfuls of oats and brown sugar - with a smooch of something fruity. In my world, oatmeal isn't necessarily "healthy." It's wicked, and rebellious, and loves skipping gym class to hang out with sugar and butter.


Here's nubby, crumbly, naughty, irresistible bar recipe for your super-busy (or super-chill), Memorial Day weekend. It's pretty basic & exquisitely scrumptious. You don't have to worry about a crazy refrigeration time, or resisting the urge to grab a straw whilst watching butter brown - these bars go from mixing bowl (only one!) to greedy hand(s), in almost no time at all! They certainly resolved my errant, unhealthy-oatmeal, craving.

Have a fun, safe, weekend, Everyone!

Raspberry Oatmeal-Cinnamon Bars | une gamine dans la cuisine


Raspberry Oatmeal-Cinnamon Bars
makes about 8-10 bars

ingredients
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon baking Soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup rolled oats
3/4 cup tightly packed, dark brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon pure almond extract
1/2 cup (that's 1 stick) unsalted butter, cold and cut into small chunks
3/4 cup raspberry jam (feel free to use your personal favourite!)

method
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line an 8 x 8-inch pan with foil - leave a slight overhang along the edges. Grease the foil.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, and oats. Add the brown sugar and almond extract - mix until well combined, breaking up any clumps of sugar as you stir. Add the cold butter bits and use a pastry blender (or the tips of your fingers) to blend the butter into the ingredients until the mixture becomes crumbly and clumpy. {Don't over-mix - it's okay to have bits and pieces of varying sizes.}

Press a scant 2 cups of the dough onto the bottom of prepare pan. Spread the jam on top - don't go all the way to the edges of the pan or the jam will burn (leave about a 1/4-inch border). Sprinkle the remaining dough over the layer of jam.

Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the crumb topping is lightly browned. Remove the pan from the oven and place onto a cooling rack. Cool completely before slicing and serving. (Use the foil overhang to lift the bars out of the pan.)

adapted from allrecipes

29 comments:

  1. I loved the line about oatmeal "skipping gym class to hang out with sugar and butter." I too love my oatmeal when it isn't being particularly healthy. If I'm being honest, that is the only way I can enjoy the stuff :) these sound ridiculously delicious, I can't wait to try them!

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  2. YUM, these are SO my kind of bar, I love my oatmeal in this kind of form :)

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  3. Yay I have all the ingredients for this; making this tomorrow!

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  4. I made something SUPER close to this and put them in my cookbook! Raspberry Crumble Bars! I worked some PB into them, too :) Yours look amazing and I know I would love them. Cannot go wrong with those big nuggets of crumbly love!

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  5. Gorgeous bars and lovely flavors!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  6. I'm backlogged with must-try recipes from your blog, and this only adds to the issue. Thanks for giving me such a wonderful problem to deal with!
    Have a great long weekend, Valerie.

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  7. This looks FANTASTIC Valérie!! The combination of raspberries, oats and cinnamon must be divine!! Love it :)
    xox Amy

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  8. I just made date squares yesterday:) very simiar of course!

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  9. EVERYTHING I love wrapped up in a gorgeous little bar! Happy Memorial Day, Val! xox

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  10. Aww these are so beautiful Valerie! Have a wonderful holiday weekend.

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  11. Don't we always crave oats and brown sugar?! Love these bars, just wish I had one for breakfast (confession - I just ate cake for breakfast. I justify that decision by the fact that the cake has blueberries in it ;))

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  12. Wow, I have got to make these! Lovely recipe.

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  13. These look so good and perfect for the awkward chilly spring around here recently. Can't wait to make them :)

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  14. You have such a great way with words! Love the post.

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  15. Oh yum! I'd skip gym class any day for these, they look amazing, delicious, scrumptious!

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  16. Sugar and butter are the in-crowd! ;-)
    I want to eat the entire batch, and no, I don't want anyone's help... I can also do it in one sitting.

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  17. These look amazing Valerie! I absolutely, postively love buttery crumbles and all things oats with a good helping of brown sugar! I definitely agree, they're not healthy when cooked this way, but one taste makes you forget all of the bad stuff! Love this recipe. I can imagine eating one as a snack but they'd be amazing eaten warm for dessert with ice cream! Thanks for the recipe xx

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  18. nubby, crumbly and naughty all in one bar-now it's all I want for breakfast:)Super fabulous, Val!

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  19. Would love to have some for breakfast! Looks delicious.

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  20. I LOVE baking with oats!
    They make the batter get nice and crisp!

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  21. These look delicious!! I love oatmeal bars and the raspberry jam is delicious in these I'm sure!

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  22. They look delicious! Perfect for breakfast around here :)

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  23. I love that you like oats and brown sugar - is that not the best combination ever. These bars are right up my alley and a MUST make. Beautiful photos! Have a great week!

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  24. Girl, you had me with oatmeal being "wicked, and rebellious, and loves skipping gym class to hang out with sugar and butter". Isn't that the way we love her best? All gussied up? Can't wait to make your raspberry "nubby, crumbly, naughty, irresistible bar recipe", Valerie! Hope your Memorial Holiday weekend was swell! xo

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  25. I could have used a few of these in our near-winter weather this past weekend!

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  26. Ohhhhh I agree, oats and brown sugar? AMAZING! These look delicious :)

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  27. Oats and brown sugar? Yum! Add cinnamon - heaven!

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  28. These are exactly the kind of bars I've been wanting to make. Cinnamon, oats and berries? Sounds like a winner to me!

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  29. You've got that right oatmeal is naughty and it does love to hang out with butter and sugar especially in my world. These look wonderful and I couldn't resist eating half of the pan if I had these around!

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Happy Baking!
♥ Valerie

 

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