I’ve been in another kitchen rut since our schedule has become more hectic. With four kids, having snacks on hand is an absolute must. It is too easy to lean on prepackaged snacks – crackers, graham crackers, granola bars, etc.
In an attempt to stock the kitchen with grab-and-go snacks that aren’t processed, I modified a recipe from the wonderful cookbook The Baker Creek Vegan Cookbook. And a bonus – I am using my homemade jam in the recipe!
Berry Oatmeal Bars
1/2 cup coconut oil
3/4 cup Earth Balance vegan margarine
1 3/4 cup unbleached sugar
2 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
2 1/4 rolled oats
2 1/4 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1 cup Blackberry jam
1 cup Strawberry jam
2 cups raspberries (frozen, slight thawed or use fresh)
In a stand-up mixer, combine coconut oil, Earth Balance and sugar and mix until light and fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes.
In a separate mixing bowl, combine flour, oats, baking powder and salt. Combine dry and wet ingredients in mixer, and mix on low speed. Dough mixture will be loose.
Stir together jam and berries and set aside.
Press 2/3 of dough mixture into the bottom of a 9″ x 12″ baking dish. Spread jam mixture evenly over dough. Spread remaining dough mixture on top of jam mixture.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 1 hour until lightly browned. Remove and let cool completely before cutting.