Making my own bars has been something I’ve wanted to do for quite a long time now. For some reason I just never got around to it. Thinking it would be hard and that they wouldn’t turn out the way I’d like. Finally, I was inspired by a mother in one of my birth circles who would continuously be bringing different kinds of bars over for our get togethers. They were simple amazing and I knew I had to make some of my own. So combining some of her advice and some of my own research online I created my own recipe for some yummy oatmeal jam bars.
Oatmeal Jam Bars
2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup coconut butter, softened
2 eggs (I like to use fresh ducks eggs if possible!)
1/2 tsp almond extract
1 1/2 cups oatmeal
1 1/2 cups jam ( I used strawberry and homemade is best!)
Combine all ingredients except jam in a large mixing bowl till mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press half of mixture in greased 13×9 inch pan; spread jam. Sprinkle rest of mixture on top. Bake at 375 degrees for 35 minutes or until golden brown. Cool, cut into bars and voila! Serves about 3 dozen bars.
Side note; adding shredded coconut to the crust is also a delicious add on, we simply did not have any left in the pantry today. Next time we will be sure to add some coconut!
Hope you enjoy!