Thursday, June 03, 2010

Cranberry Oatmeal Bars

I love eating oats and baking with oats. Beside my favorite Oatmeal Raisin Cranberry Cookies I thought I change it a bit today and made it into bars instead of individual cookies. I used cranberries in these bars but it could be made with almost any dried fruits. These little bars are great to snack on and pretty nutritious too.


Filling:

3/4 cup of strawberry jam – you can replace it with any type of fruity jam
1 cup of dried cranberry – you can replace it with any type of dried fruits

Ingredients for crust:

1 ½ cups flour
1 cup of roll oats
½ cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon powder
¾ tsp salt
½ tsp baking soda
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg
1 stick/113 grm/1/2 cup melted butter

1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degree F. Line and greased an 8” x 8” square baking pan.
2. For the filling mix together the jam and the dried fruits. Set aside.
3. For the crust, mix together the flour, sugar, cinnamon, salt and baking soda. Stir in the oats and walnuts. Add the melted butter, egg and vanilla and stir until incorporated.
4. Using your clean fingers, lightly press half of the crust mixture onto the bottom of the prepared pan. Spread the filling over the crust leaving a 1/2-inch border around the edge of the pan. Cover the top with the remaining crust mixture and gently press to flatten it up.
5. Bake until light golden, about 30 to 35 minutes. Cool for 1 hour. Cut into bars and store in an airtight container for up to 3-4 days.

17 comments:

MaryMoh said...

I love oat bars. Like you said, it's healthy snack. I love that you add a layer of filling to it.

busygran said...

Looks good, sounds healthy.
I love it.

zurin said...

Oh yes I LOVE oat bars. they sound healthy and I like that. the jam makes this one really special. Good idea :)

ReeseKitchen said...

Oh its so nice, i bet its very delicious. I like any fruit bars or cookies, anything with dried fruits in it is my favourite. But now I'm having a bad sore throat..*sigh*..:( Guess I have to wait to make this.

wendyywy @ Table for 2 or more..... said...

Oh yes!!! I'll definately try this out one day, cos my brother loves muesli bars.

Angie's Recipes said...

This is a keeper! They look too good to miss!

Kitchen Corner said...

WOW! This is kind of very nutritious cookie bar! May I know what is the texture of these bar? Chewy or crunchy?

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

this is good to have it with a glass of milk..sound healthy.

Cheah said...

These look so neat and tidy. I always have a hard time cutting them up. Will try out this one for sure!

Katie said...

These look delicious. Perfect for taking on a picnic

Simply Life said...

oh my gosh, those look amazing!

Jeannie said...

THese look good! would love to try it! Thanks for sharing. Hv a nice weekend!

Little Corner of Mine said...

Yummy! I like oats in cookie and bar.

ICook4Fun said...

Mary, we love oats in our cookies too.

Busygran & Zurin, thanks.

Reese, yes better stay away from baked and fried food for the time being. Hope you will feel better soon.

Wendy, hope he likes it.

Angie & Sonia, thanks.

Cheah, yes sometime it is difficult to cut the bars :)

Katie, yes it is.

Simply Life, thanks.

Jeannie, hope you try this out one day.

LCOM, me too :)

Cherine said...

Those bars look delicious!

Mary @ Bites and Bliss said...

My mom and I make these bars every holiday season for gift baskets. We usually use apricot preserves but crabnerries seem so delicious! Thanks!

leen said...

Hi My Kitchen Snippets,
Healthy and delicious! Sweetness is just right! Thanks!