Today I wanted to prepare something sweet for my family that I wouldn’t make me feel guilty about it. I didn’t want to spend too much time in the kitchen either. I came up with a recipe turned out really great. It’s perfect with vanilla ice cream! On top of that, it is healthier than a traditional pie crust. I used whole wheat and all purpose flour for this recipe but I am confident it will be delicious with only whole wheat flour, if you prefer.
Berries Oats Bar
1 cup of flour, plus 2 tablespoons
1 ½ cups of brown sugar
2 ½ cups of quick oats
1 teaspoon of canola oil
½ cup of butter at room temperature
½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
2 cups of orange juice
1 teaspoon of orange zest
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
22oz of fresh berries (black berries, raspberries, blue berries)
Preheat the oven to
375F. Grease a 8 inch square baking pan with cooking oil. Set aside.
Place 1 cup of flour, 1 cup of brown sugar, quick oats, orange zest, oil and vanilla extract in a food processor bowl. Pulse for about 20 seconds or until combined. Add butter and orange juice. Pulse for another 20 to 30 seconds or until fully combined. Remove and reserve 1 ½ cup of the crumb mixture.
In a clean bowl, combine the berries, lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of flour and ½ cup of brown sugar. Toss gently with a spatula just until combined.
Spread the crumb mixture evenly on the bottom of prepared baking pan then add berries mixture. Top it with reserved crumb mixture.
Bake for 40 to 45 minutes. Cool for about hours. Storage in the fridge in an air tight container.