Learn how to make the best gluten free strawberry oatmeal bars in this easy snack recipe.
I am always playing with yummy snack recipes that the whole family will love. During this time of year, most of those snacks feature seasonal fruits. Now that our farmer’s market is back in full swing, we’ve been enjoying the locally grown strawberries – yum!
Sometimes I want something a little more hearty than just a handful of berries though. That’s where these Strawberry Oatmeal Bars come in. They have a crispy, buttery crust. It’s basically like a strawberry pie in bar form. It can’t get much better than that!
If you’re looking for a delicious snack your whole family will love, give these Gluten Free Strawberry Oatmeal Bars a try. For a different flavor, you can replace the strawberries with 2 cups of mixed of berries, cherries, apples or your favorite fruit.
Gluten Free Strawberry Oatmeal Bars
- 1 cup gluten free oatmeal
- ¾ cup gluten free all purpose flour
- 1/3 cup light brown sugar
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter - melted
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon Fresh squeezed lemon juice - from about ½ small lemon
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar - divided
- 2 cups strawberries - diced small
- Mixing bowl
- Baking sheet
- Cooling rack
- Place a rack in the center of your oven and pre-heat to 375 degrees F.
- Line an 8" x 8” baking pan with parchment paper so the paper overhangs the two sides.
- In a medium bowl, combine the oats, flour, brown sugar, ginger and sea salt. Pour in the melted butter and stir until it forms clumps and the dry ingredients are evenly moistened.
- Set aside ½ cup of the crumble mixture, then press the rest into an even layer in the bottom of the prepared pan.
- Scatter half of the strawberries over the crust, and then sprinkle on the cornstarch, lemon juice and 1/2 tablespoon granulated sugar evenly over the top. Scatter the remaining berries, then the remaining ½ tablespoon granulated sugar.
- Sprinkle the reserved ½ cup crumb mixture evenly on top. Berries will be peeking through the topping. Bake the bars for 35-40 minutes, until the fruit is bubbly and topping is golden. Cool on a wire rack completely.
- Once cooled, pull bars out of the pan using the parchment paper, then slice and serve.