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Refreshing Strawberry Rhubarb Oat Bars: A healthy crumble in bar form

Refreshing Strawberry Rhubarb Oat Bars: A healthy crumble in bar form

Discover the delicious combination of sweet and tangy with these refreshing Strawberry Rhubarb Oat Bars. Made with a healthy oat base and delicious fruit topping, these bars are like a berry crumble transformed into a convenient, portable treat. The addition of rhubarb intensifies the flavors, creating a perfect balance that is both refreshing and satisfying.

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Why you'll love it: These bars are not only delicious but also offer a healthier alternative to traditional desserts. Made with natural sweeteners and whole grains, they're a good source of fiber while satisfying your sweet tooth. The strawberry and rhubarb topping, enhanced with a hint of lemon, adds a bright, fruity flavor that makes these bars irresistible.

Perfect occasion: Perfect for picnics, afternoon snacks or as a light dessert, these oat bars are versatile and perfect for any occasion. They're perfect to share at meetings, pack in lunch boxes, or enjoy as a post-workout snack. Their crumble texture and fruity taste also make them a success at brunches or coffee breaks.

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Decorating Tips: For a beautiful presentation, dust the bars with powdered sugar or drizzle with a simple glaze of icing sugar and lemon juice before serving. Garnishing with slices of fresh strawberries or a few mint leaves can add a touch of elegance and freshness.

Ingredients:

  • Oat base/crumble topping:
    • 1 1/4 cup oatmeal
    • 3/4 cup oat flour
    • 1/4 cup brown sugar
    • Coconut oil (enough to form a paste)
    • 1/4 cup honey
  • Filling:
    • 2 cups strawberries, fresh or thawed if frozen
    • Optional: additional rhubarb for added flavor
    • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
    • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
    • 1 teaspoon of cornstarch

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the oat base and topping:
    • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Line an 8×8-inch baking dish with parchment paper.
    • In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, oat flour and brown sugar. Add enough coconut oil to the mixture until it forms a paste-like consistency. Add the honey.
    • Reserve about 1/3 of the oat mixture for the topping and press the remaining mixture firmly into the bottom of the prepared baking dish to form the base.
  2. Make the filling:
    • In a medium mixing bowl, mash the strawberries (and rhubarb, if using) with the brown sugar, lemon juice and cornstarch until well combined.
    • Spread this topping evenly over the oat base in the baking dish.
  3. Assemble and bake:
    • Sprinkle the reserved oat mixture over the strawberry topping to create a crumble topping.
    • Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until topping is golden brown and filling is bubbling.
    • Remove from the oven and allow the bars to cool in the pan for about 30-60 minutes before cutting into bars.
  4. Presentation suggestions:
    • Serve the bars alone or top them with a spoonful of yogurt or a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an even more indulgent treat.

Enjoy these delicious Strawberry Rhubarb Oat Bars, a perfect treat that combines health and deliciousness in every bite!

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