April 13th, 2013.
I have stopped baking for a while, but still been tempted to make this. The recipe sits in my to-try-list for more than a year, attempted once but failed last year. Finally, I bought a pack of strawberries and made this batch. My intention is to make a very healthy version, but I ran out of wholemeal flour, so used plain flour instead. Next time I will use wholemeal flour.
We served this in our Friday cell group. Initially I wasn’t confident to serve, because… without coordination, all of us brought desserts! We had banana muffins, mash sweet potato chocolate pie, and this strawberry oat bars.
But surprisingly, everyone raved about this! The ladies were asking for this recipe, so no matter how lazy I am to post this, I must write down the recipe now. :p
|From My Bakery|
STRAWBERRY OAT BARS RECIPE
2 cups oats (I use regular rolled oats coz that’s the only one I have at home)
1 cup plain flour (intend to use wholemeal next time)
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg (or chia egg for vegan = 1TBSP chia seeds + 4TBSP water, soak few min)
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup honey
2TBSP milk (or soy/almond milk)
Some sesame seeds to sprinkle on top
For Strawberry Jam
2 1/2 cup chopped strawberries
3 TBSP sugar
Some lemon juice (approx 1-2 tsp)
1. Preheat oven to 180C and line a 9×9 square pan with baking paper. No need to oil it, coz the base is oily enough.
2. First, prepare the strawberry jam. Mix all ingredients in a pot, cook in low-medium heat for 10-15 min. At first it will sweat and juice will come out and the mixture will be very watery. After continuous cooking, the natural fruit pectin will react and thicken the jam. At the end, if it is still too runny (which happened in my 1st attempt last year), you can add some chia sees to help it thickens. Set aside to cool.
3. Now to prepare the base: mix all dry ingredients well in one bowl (except for sesame seeds). In another bowl mix all wet ingredients well (you may want to use electric mixer). Then pour the wet into the dry, and you may want to use your hand to mix them well.
4. Press the base mixture onto the pan but reserve about 1/2 cup for topping.
5. Spread the strawberry jam onto the base.
6. If the reserved base mixture is too wet, you may want to add in more oats at this stage. It should be able to sprinkle on top of the strawberry. Lastly, sprinkle some sesame seeds around.
7. Bake at 180C for 30-40 min. When baked, allow to cool before removing and slice them into the shape you like. Keep in fridge or consumer right away.
I plan to use pumpkin seeds in future to replace the sesame seeds. Just need to remember to bake a while to allow it to pop, before sprinkle on top of the jam.