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Author Notes: I love the idea of raspberry oat bars. They're classic. They're simple. They're made with oats and I love their crumbly crust. But, I often find them too sweet and quite frankly, uninspiring. Starting with Real Simple's recipe as a base (http://www.realsimple.com...), and using the inspiration of a blood orange in my fruit basket, I came up with this combination, which feels both homey and more adventurous. Fig stands in for raspberry though if you're a die-hard raspberry fan, would still work fine. Whole wheat flour adds nuttiness to the crust while cardamom adds a touch of warmth. Up the amount of cardamom if you want more of its heat and feel free to use a regular orange, orange in place of the red blood orange if that's what you have on hand. —rachelRS
Makes 24 bars
cup AP Flour
cup whole wheat pastry flour
cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
teaspoon baking soda
cups whole, rolled, oats
tablespoon blood orange zest, piled high
cup butter, melted and slightly cooled
cups fig jam
- Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line a 9x13 inch half pan with foil or parchment paper being sure to leave a 3 inch overhang on all sides. This will enable easy unfolding when the bars have cooled.
- Mix together the flours, brown sugar, salt, baking soda, oats and zest in a medium bowl. Add the melted butter and incorporate into dry ingredients, forming a wet-sand-like "dough" and eliminating any dry pockets.
- Press 2/3 of the dough firmly into the prepared pan. Starting with 1 c, spread jam evenly over the unbaked crust. Add up to 1/2 cup more of jam depending on how jammy you want your bars. Sprinkle remaining dough/crumble over the jam layer and gently press down.
- Bake until golden brown and jam is bubbly around edges, 20-25 minutes. Cool on completely on rack then cut into bars and enjoy!