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Sunday, 14 April 2013

Oatmeal Berry Jam Bars

These are a fun alternative to granola bars.  I think they taste like a really good version of a nutri-grain bar. We like to cut them, freeze them individually and have them ready to pop in lunches for a snack. 

Oatmeal Berry Jam Bars
Preheat oven to 350F. Butter a 9x13 pan.
Mix the following:
1 ½ cups Kristin’s Gluten-free Flour Mix *see note below
¼ tsp xanthan gum
1 ½ cups regular oats (make sure they’re gluten-free, if Celiac or sensitive)
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 ½ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
Add and cut in with pastry cutter until you have coarse crumbs:
¾ cup + 1 Tbsp butter
ps. these are my 2 yr old daughter's hands. Mine are not that small.

Put half the mixture in your pan. Press gently to flatten a bit.
Spread evenly (and gently) over the base:
1 ½ cups fruit jam (we love a raspberry, cherry & key lime jam we’ve found, but raspberry or strawberry work as well)
Sprinkle the top with the other half of the mixture. Press down gently.

Bake ~40-45 minutes until golden brown.  Let cool before cutting. I find these are best eaten after waiting several hours to overnight.  We love to cut them into squares and put in those snack-sized freezer bags and freeze.  Pop them in the kid’s lunches for a snack!  Enjoy!
* If you don’t want to make a full batch of Kristin’s GF flour mix – just use the following for this recipe:
 ¾ cup brown rice flour, ¼ cup sorghum flour, ¼ cup cornstarch OR 3 Tbsp arrowroot starch, 2 Tbsp potato starch, 2 Tbsp tapioca starch, ¾ tsp xanthan gum

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