strawberries

Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

Baguio is known to be the “summer capital of the Philippines” because of its cool climate, perfect for escaping the scorching heat of Manila. It is also popular for the fresh vegetables, fruits, and flowers that you can get from their markets.

I have been to Baguio twice. I always wanted to go back there but it would require at least three whole days (out of my usual 9-10 days vacation in Manila) because of the 8-hour drive from Manila to Baguio, and another 8 hours back. So that’s 16 hours of travel!

Strawberry-picking is one of the activities I would like to try. It would definitely be a great experience to harvest fresh strawberries and not just get them from the supermarkets packed in plastic boxes.

Just recently, my friend brought home some strawberry preserves for me. I am not fond of jams and preserves, but thinking about the farmers who harvested those strawberries and made them into preserves to earn a living, it would be heartbreaking to let it go to waste. So again, being the “I hate to see food go to waste” person that I am, I needed to find a recipe to put it to good use…

Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

Adapted from The Pioneer Woman

Ingredients: 

  • 1 3/4 stick cold butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 1/2 cup plain flour
  • 1 1/2 cup oats (quick or regular)
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 jar (10-12 oz) strawberry preserves

Procedure:

  • Preheat the oven to 175 C. Butter a 9 x 13 or 8 x 10 baking dish.
  • Mix together the flour, oats, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  • Cut in the butter with a pastry cutter (or in my case, a fork!) until it resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Sprinkle half the mixture into the pan and pat lightly to pack it a little tight.
  • Spoon strawberry preserves evenly over the surface, then use a dinner knife to carefully spread it around.
  • Sprinkle the other half of the oat mixture over the top and pat lightly again.
  • Bake until light golden brown on top, about 30 to 40 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool in pan.
  • When cool, cut into squares and serve.

Now, this one is definitely LOVE! Even the kiddo digged into it! The oatmeal crust was able to balance the sweetness of the strawberry preserve. I guess it would also work with blueberry or peach, depends on what you have in your pantry.

It would be great to pair it up with coffee or tea! (caffeine-free tea for the preggo lady, please!)

Give it a try this weekend… Enjoy!

Thanks for dropping by,

Alexa’s Mom