Oats and Berry Bars

Time: 15 min. prep + 35 minutes baking
Yield: One 9x13 pan, cut as small or large as you like
Recipe adapted from Allrecipes

1 C brown sugar
2 C flour
1/2 t baking soda
1/4 t salt
2 C rolled oats
1 C butter, softened
1 1/2 C jam (I used blueberry)

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

2. Into a medium-sized mixing bowl place 1 cup brown sugar, 2 cups flour, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 2 cups rolled oats.

3. Add 1 cup soft butter. Grab yourself a pastry blender and mix the butter into the dry ingredients. No pastry blender? Don't worry about it, you can just use your fingers to blend the butter in. You are looking for the mixture to resemble coarse crumbs.

4. Spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray and pour 4 cups of the oat mixture into the pan.

5. Grab some delicious jam. I used this homemade blueberry jam (recipe and tutorail found here). Pour 1 1/2 cups of the jam into a microwave safe bowl and heat it up for about 30 seconds. Warming up the jam will make it much easier to spread.

6. Pour the jam onto the oats mixture and spread it out with a knife. Be sure to leave about a half-inch around the perimeter of the pan free from jam.

7. Sprinkle the remaining oat mixture over the top of the of the jam.

8. Press it gently into the pan with a wooden spoon. 

9. Bake for 35 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Allow the pan to cool completely and then cut into bars.