Strawberry Oat Crumb Bars

A fresh strawberry filling and buttery oat crust will keep you coming back for “just one more” taste of these Strawberry Oat Crumb Bars!

Strawberry Oat Crumb Bars, made with fresh strawberries! | Kristine's Kitchen

I cannot wait for summer. I’m looking forward to long, relaxed days with no strict schedule to follow. During the school year, I only teach three days a week, but it is enough to keep me busy and always struggling to balance work, family, house, and me-time.  The other four days of the week I get to stay home with my two kids- not exactly relaxation time, but I am so grateful for the time I get to spend with them.  When I do have time for myself, I most often spend it in the kitchen, on my computer blogging, or outdoors walking and running.

 

In the summer, there is always tomorrow to get the chores done, and I get to focus more on the things I enjoy most- spending time with my kids and family, and creating recipes to share here.

While I have a few more (busy!) weeks to go before summer vacation begins, I’m thankful that I don’t have to wait that long to enjoy fresh summer berries. My favorites are strawberries and blueberries. Fresh strawberries have been available in my grocery store for a while now, and fresh blueberries are just starting to arrive in bigger, more affordable packages.

Strawberry Oat Crumb Bars, made with fresh strawberries!  | Kristine's Kitchen

These Strawberry Oat Crumb Bars are full of fresh strawberries, with an oat crust and topping. Many strawberry bar recipes use jam or preserves, but I wanted a bar that was bursting with fresh strawberries. The fresh berries do break down some while the bars bake, but don’t worry, the flavor is perfect. The strawberry filling is just sweet enough and the topping is buttery and full of oatmeal. These Strawberry Oat Crumb Bars will keep you going back for “just one more” little taste.

Strawberry Oat Crumb Bars, made with fresh strawberries! | Kristine's Kitchen

Strawberry Oat Crumb Bars
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12-16
 
A fresh strawberry filling and buttery oat crust will keep you coming back for "just one more" taste of these Strawberry Oat Crumb Bars!
Ingredients
For the crust and topping:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cups old-fashioned oats
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into ½-inch cubes
  • 1 egg
For the strawberry filling:
  • 2 lbs. fresh strawberries, stemmed and sliced (about 4 cups)
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • 4 tsp. cornstarch
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a 9x13-inch baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, oats, sugars, baking powder, salt, and lemon zest. Stir to blend. Add butter to the bowl and use a pastry blender to work the butter into the flour until the largest pieces of butter are the size of small peas. Once most of the butter is worked in, add the egg and continue to use the pastry blender to work the egg and butter into the dough until the dough starts to come together. The dough will be somewhat crumbly.
  3. Place half of the dough into the prepared baking dish and use your hand to firmly press it into an even layer in the bottom of the pan.
  4. In another bowl, gently toss the strawberries with the ⅓ cup sugar and the cornstarch until evenly distributed. Evenly spread the strawberries over the crust. Crumble the rest of the dough over the strawberries.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven for about 45 minutes, until the dough is just golden brown on top. Place pan on a wire rack to cool completely before slicing and serving. Store bars in the refrigerator.
Source: Kristine's Kitchen original.

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  1. Yum! These look so good! I love strawberry desserts in the summer!

  2. These bars are stunning! Strawberry season is just starting here in NY so I need to get on this recipe ASAP!!

  3. I love strawberry season! Here in NC they are just getting in season and I am so excited to take the kids strawberry picking. Once we go; I’ve got to make these they look so, so good! Thanks for sharing!

    • It’s one of my favorite times of year when fresh berries come into season. I haven’t taken my kids strawberry picking, but that sounds like a lot of fun! We’ve gone to pick fresh cherries and they have really enjoyed that. I hope you are able to make these strawberry bars soon. :)

  4. Yum! Your Strawberry Oat Crumb Bars look delicious!
    Will be making these just as soon as I can.
    Thanks for sharing!

  5. I already make granola but I never try the bars. I see yours and I want to make it! here in Bordeaux is strawberry’s time! Do you think I can mix with raspberry as well?
    Very nice recipe :)

  6. Your Strawberry Oat Crumb Bars look so good!
    I will be making soon.
    Thanks for sharing!

  7. I love fruity bars when it warms up outside! These look so fresh, and perfect for bringing to a fun outdoor event!

  8. What is “me-time”? I’ve totally forgotten! ;-)

    Jk I spend mine at the gym. No one gets between me and my gym-time…or me and these strawberry bars! These look fabulous! Pinned! Can’t wait to try them out!

  9. These bars look so delicious! Perfect for breakfast or a snack. Love the pop of color, too!

  10. These bars are gorgeous, Kristine! I love fruity bars like this because they’re so easy to pack for picnics, lunch boxes, etc. They look so delicious! :)

    • It’s hard not to love a fruit-filled dessert bar! I brought these to a new mom friend to go along with a dinner I made for her family. They are an easy dessert to transport, and it’s easy to grab a quick bite in the middle of doing other things. :)

  11. I totally hear you! I’m a teacher too, and I love how unstructured summer days are, even with my kids around. It’s not exactly a vacation, but it’s nice!
    And I know we will all love these bars on those long, wonderful days. So perfect for summer!

    • Yes! Less structure is a nice change, even though there’s certainly not time to sit around and relax for hours on end when you’re a mom. :) I’m just excited to not have to stress over paper grading and other work that I’ve brought home with me! Instead I’ll be able to focus on my kids and blogging!

  12. Beautiful pink color on the bars! My daughters birthday is coming up so I’ll be making these for sure :)
    Angie

    • Thanks so much Angie! These would be such a fun birthday treat. Might as well take advantage of fresh strawberries while they’re here, right? :)

  13. These bars look perfect, Kristine! I’m always looking for new and different ways to use up summer strawberries so I will definitely have to put these bars on my list! Loving all that crumb topping. Gorgeous photos too! Pinned. :)

  14. I am TOTALLY with you on the lazy days of summer thing! I can’t wait! I really don’t know how you do it all. You’re a superstar! I am dying to try these strawberry oat bars! We love strawberries around here – my boys would devour these, pinned!

    • Awww, thank you, Jen! You are so sweet. My secret? I wake up early in the morning to have some quiet time and get some work done before the kids wake up. :) I know you and your boys would love these bars. I can’t wait to make them again!

  15. Hi Kristine, what lovely strawberry bars these are. I love that they don’t use preserve – fresh is best! I enjoy your photos too. Pinned! :) P.S – Have a great summer!

  16. I recently made a strawberry cobbler but it looks like I’ll need to get some more strawberries so I can try this recipe!

    • These strawberry bars are a new favorite in our house. I just can’t get enough of fresh strawberries right now, both for baking and just plain eating!

  17. These are amazing – thank you so much for sharing! I made them yesterday for a party 9 2-year-olds and their parents, and they were a universal hit. (I also substituted gluten-free flour and oats, which worked perfectly.) Totally delicious, and so fresh.

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