I had a friend bring me a whole bucket of strawberries from a local strawberry farm. Wasn’t that nice? I was so excited!! When I looked at all those strawberries, I saw the opportunity to develop recipes! After we ate a ton of them, I thought about what I could make. The first thing I made was a double batch of strawberry cinnamon rolls. I couple months ago I made apple cinnamon rolls and couldn’t believe how good they were…so why not strawberry? I whipped up a basic sweet dough, added a delish strawberry compote and baked them to perfection, they were…..so goooood!
I took a pan right out of the oven to the people who had gifted me with strawberries, then some to my husband’s work, and, of course, we ate the rest!
Hmmm, what else could I make? How about a breakfast oatmeal bar? Of course, I have this thought right in the middle of making eggplant curry for dinner, because you know I need to be busier while making dinner…..
I start putting it together. As I’m making dinner, I was snapping pictures and tasting, it seemed to be coming together quite well! I finish prepping it and put it in the oven to bake. It smelled so good!
I pulled it out, let it cool for a couple of minutes and gave it a taste…..Ok, good stuff right here! I snapped a few more pictures and called the kids in to get a taste. Their reaction wasn’t the normal “that’s good mom”, but “omg, that’s soooo good, can we have more!?”
Ok, these are probably going on my blog. Then Tim came home from work. I cut one for him and put it on a plate…. His reaction….”This is the best thing I’ve ever had!” Ok, I have to put these on the blog, they are just. that. good.
For other breakfast ideas check out this simple Chia Pudding recipe!
Strawberry Vanilla Oat Bars
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts could also use pecans
- 1 1/2 cup oats I used old fashioned
- 1 cup unbleached flour
- 1/3 cup packed brown sugar + 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp pink salt or sea salt
- 6 Tbsp coconut oil melted
- 2 tsp real vanilla
- 2 cups strawberries sliced with 1 Tbsp flour and 1 1/2 Tbsp sugar sprinkled over top
Strawberry Glaze (optional)
- 6 strawberries
- 1 tsp coconut or almond milk
- 2 tsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350
- In a small saucepan, melt coconut oil. Once it's melted, whisk in vanilla, maple syrup and salt.
- In a medium mixing bowl measure in chopped nuts, oats, sugar, and flour and stir.
- Pour coconut oil mixture over flour mixture and stir until there's nothing dry.
- Put half of this mixture in a Nutri-bullet or food processor and pulse a couple of times so it can be pressed easily to the bottom of the pan.
- In a separate bowl, slice strawberries and sprinkle 1 Tbsp flour and 1 1/2 Tbsp sugar on the berries. mix well.
- Take the half of the crumble that you blended, and press it into the bottom of your pan. like this one
- Pour your strawberry mix over the top and spread evenly.
- Spread the remaining crumble on top
- Bake at 350 for about 35 min.
- While baking, make the drizzle.
- In a blender or Nutri- Bullet blend all ingredients for drizzle until smooth.
- Let cool and cut into squares.
- Drizzle glaze over bars before serving or serve on the side.
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