Strawberry & Blueberry Oat Bars

Baking with young children is so important to get their motor skills working and get them excited about trying new foods! My daughter and I love to bake treats together and I happen to have some berries in the fridge that looked like they needed to be used. I decided to make a healthy oatmeal treat that required no eggs and would be fun for Sophia to help me make. These kinds of treats are the most fun for Sophia because she loves to lick her fingers and the spoon and I don’t have to worry about contamination from the egg. I made the berry compote about 45 minutes before we started the oatmeal bars so it had time to cool before Sophia touched it. If you don’t have berries or you don’t have the time to make it from scratch, you can always use some preserves in a jar. This was a quick simple recipe that tasted delicious right out of the oven and even better once it was cooked completely! 😊

2 cups rolled oats

1 cup flour

1 stick melted butter

1 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

Pinch salt

* Berry Compote*

1 cup blueberries

1 cup halved strawberries

1/2 cup white sugar

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 tablespoon cornstarch

1/4 cup water

Bring to boil stirring constantly … cook on high heat for 10 minutes till thickened. Turn off and take off burner. Let cool.

Melt butter in microwave safe bowl for 45 seconds. Mix in brown sugar and vanilla. Add oats and mix well. Add flour and salt. Spray 8×8 pan and spread 2/3 of mixture in bottom of pan pressing firmly. Pour cooled berry mixture evenly across pan. Place remainder of oat and flour mixture over top evenly making like a crumble topping. Bake in oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

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