Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

It’s May and strawberry season is beginning! I’m looking forward to making enough jam to fill my freezer and eating fresh berries as often as I can. And making these Strawberry Oatmeal Bars a few times, as well. These are a nice treat for breakfast (oatmeal and fruit!) or as a light dessert. They are just as delicious without the glaze, if you prefer less sugar. If storing in the refrigerator, the bars will soften quite a bit. Let’s hope the weather cooperates and it’s a good year for strawberries.

  • 2 cups small-diced strawberries
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • ¾ cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 6 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • Optional glaze:
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 Tablespoon milk (plus more, if needed)
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.  Lightly grease and 8×8-inch baking pan.
  2. In medium bowl, toss together strawberries, cornstarch, lemon juice, and sugar and set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine oats, flour, brown sugar, and salt.  Pour in the melted butter and stir until dry ingredients are moistened and crumbs begin to form.  Set aside ½ cup of crumb mixture and press remaining crumbs into an even layer on the bottom of prepared pan.
  4. Scatter the strawberries evenly over the crust.  Sprinkle reserved crumbs over the berries.
  5. Bake the bars for 35-40 minutes, until the fruit is bubbly and the topping is lightly brown.  Cool completely on wire rack.
  6. While the bars cool, whisk together the powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk to make a thin glaze.  Drizzle over bars and slice.

Store any leftover bars in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Makes 16 bars.