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.
Servings 20 Bars
For the Filling:
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 ¼ cups raisins
- ¾ cup orange juice
- ½ cup shredded coconut
for the base and crumb mixture
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 cup old fashioned oats (also called rolled)
- ⅔ cup brown sugar, packed - you can also use coconut sugar instead
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ cup dairy-free butter
- ½ cups chopped peanuts
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 ½ cup of the crumb mixture and put in a small bowl. Add the peanuts and set aside for the topping.
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.
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.
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