Strawberry season is just around the corner, and we are so excited!
Strawberries are the perfect addition to any summer treat, and we love that they add an extra pop of color to any dish. In honor of strawberry picking season—and to inspire some healthy baking—here’s a recipe for one of our favorite healthy strawberry oatmeal bars, via wellplated.com.
- 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats (gluten free option)
- 3/4 cup white whole wheat flour (substitute all-purpose flour or 1:1 baking flour to make gluten free)
- 1/3 cup light brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted (substitute melted coconut oil to make vegan/dairy free)
- 2 cups small-diced strawberries (about 10 oz.), divided
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 1/2 small lemon)
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar, divided
(option for vanilla glaze, if you prefer a sweeter bar)
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar, sifted
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon milk (any kind)
- Place a rack in the center of your oven and preheat to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Line an 8×8-inch baking pan with parchment paper so that the paper overhangs two sides (like handles).
- In a medium bowl, combine the oats, flour, brown sugar, ginger, and salt. Pour in the melted butter and stir until it forms clumps and the dry ingredients are evenly moistened. Set aside 1/2 cup of the crumble mixture, then press the rest into an even layer in the bottom of the prepared pan.
- Scatter half the strawberries over the crust. Sprinkle the cornstarch evenly over the top, then sprinkle on the lemon juice and 1/2 tablespoon of the granulated sugar. Sprinkle the reserved crumbs evenly over the top. You will have some fruit showing.
- Bake the bars for 35-40 minutes, until the fruit is bubbly and the crumb topping smells toasty and looks golden. Place the pan on a wire rack to cool completely (or stick it in the fridge to cool faster).
- While the bars cool, prepare the glaze: In a medium bowl, briskly whisk together the powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk until smooth.
- Using the parchment-paper handles, life the bars from the pan. Drizzle with glaze, slice, and serve! It should yield about 16 bars.
These 100-calorie bars are sure to be a hit at your next party!
Not sure where to find fresh, delicious strawberries? Come to Orr’s Farm Market where you can pick your own farm-fresh strawberries starting later this month! Be sure to check back with us for updates on pick-your-own season!