This past Sunday at the Farmers Market, we bought some strawberries. We attempted to buy 3 (very full) pints for $15. The farmer asked if we’d like to double it for $5. Sure! Then he asked if we’d like to double it AGAIN for $5 more. Suuuurrrrrre? And that, my friends, is how we wound up with an entire flat of strawberries. (For $25!) It’s also why I’m sharing a recipe for Strawberry Oatmeal Bars with you today.
These Strawberry Oatmeal Bars are the cure for too many strawberries.
I originally made this recipe in a 9×13 inch baking dish, which made a LOT of bars. The recipe posted here uses an 8×8 inch baking dish, which makes 9-12 bars. If you want to make these to share, or to have on hand for quick snacks or breakfast, you can absolutely double the recipe.
Since I have a tendency to post a lot of almond flour based recipes, I wanted to make these nut-free. They’re egg-free, too! And this shouldn’t be surprising considering the name of the recipe: They contain oats. If oats are not your friend, you could try to adapt this recipes using the crust and topping from my Apple Pie Bars instead.
Got Strawberries? I’ve got a whole bunch of recipes to help you use them up!
– Summer Strawberry Pie
– Strawberry Salsa
– Strawberry Salad with Basil Lime Vinaigrette
– Strawberry Chocolate Chip Muffins
– Roasted Strawberries
For the crust and topping:
- 1 cup cassava flour
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon finely ground sea salt
- 1 stick / 8 tablespoons butter, cut into pats
- 1 cup gluten-free rolled oats
- 3 tablespoons water
For the strawberry filling:
- 3 cups diced strawberries (1 pound / about 1.5 pints)
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon tapioca starch
- pinch salt
- Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a lightly greased 8×8 inch baking dish with parchment paper and lightly grease the parchment.
- In the bowl of a food processor set with the chopper blade, pulse the cassava flour, brown sugar, vanilla extract, baking soda, and salt a few times to combine.
- Add the butter and pulse 10-12 times to cut in the butter, so there are no longer any large chunks.
- Add the oats and the water and pulse a few times more, until the mixture starts to clump together.
- In a small bowl, combine the strawberries, brown sugar, tapioca starch, and salt.
- Press half of the oat mixture into the prepared pan, pressing it firmly and evenly. Spread the strawberry mixture over the crust and top with the remaining oat mixture, pressing it gently onto the strawberry mixture.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until the strawberries are bubbly throughout, and the top is light golden brown.
- Allow to cool completely* before removing from the pan and cutting into squares.
I haven’t tested it, but coconut sugar should work in place of brown sugar.
I am not joking about allowing them to cool before cutting. They will fall apart. Let them come to room temperature in the pan, and then pull them out onto a flat surface and transfer them to the fridge until they’re completely cold.
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