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Over the Top Raisin Crumb Bars have 3 distinct layers with different textures and taste.
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Oatmeal Raisin Bars

Oatmeal Raisin Crumb Bars have 3 distinct layers with different textures. A yummy oats base, a fruit filling, a perfect peanut crumb topping.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Bars
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 20 Bars
Calories 165kcal

Ingredients

For the Filling:

  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 1/4 cups raisins
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut

for the base and crumb mixture

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats (also called rolled)
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar, packed - you can also use coconut sugar instead
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup dairy-free butter
  • 1/2 cups chopped peanuts

Instructions

  • Do the raisin filling first so it can cool a bit while you are working on the crumb mixture.

For the Filling:

  • In a medium sized saucepan add the sugar and cornstarch.
  • Stir in the raisins and orange juice. Do not add the coconut yet.
  • Cook over medium heat until thickened. Take off the heat and stir in the coconut. Set aside.

For the crumb mixture:

  • In a large bowl add the flour, oats, brown sugar and baking soda. Mix together.
  • Add the dairy-free butter and cut in until the mixture resembles crumbs.
  • Remove 1/2 cup of the crumb mixture and put in a small bowl. Add the peanuts and set aside for the topping.

Assembling:

  • With your fingers - press the remaining crumb mixture in an ungreased 9"x9" baking pan.
  • Spread the raisin mixture all over the bottom layer.
  • Evenly sprinkle the peanut mixture over the top. Press gently into the raisin mixture.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes.
  • Cool in the pan on a wire rack. Cut into squares. Makes about 20 bars depending on the size that you cut your squares.

Notes

TO FREEZE:
After they have cooled you may freeze them in rigid sided containers or freezer bags.
They defrost quickly so it really doesn't take any planning. Just put them on a plate for an hour or two and enjoy.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Bar | Calories: 165kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 103mg | Potassium: 159mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 235IU | Vitamin C: 5.1mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg