Every once in awhile a connection you make with a student sticks with you for a long time. I was lucky enough to meet Whitley over 6 years ago when I started teaching middle school and she was one of my high school cheerleaders. I've seen her grow from a young lady nervous to leave home to a confident young woman taking on the world at a University. She's kind and patient (great qualities for a future teacher!) and genuinely cares about other people. I can't wait to see what she's up to next!
Today she is coming to visit us and have dinner! Since we moved she only lives about 20 minutes away and I want her to feel like she has a place she can go to when college just seems like too much. I know I went home very frequently during college and not being able to all of the time would be hard.
To celebrate her coming for dinner, I made raspberry oatmeal bars! Chewy, sweet, and crumbly these bars are great! I am a big fan of raspberry and lemon and that combination in this dessert is a home-run! I'm sure other jams would be great in this also. These WILL be put in our dessert rotation! Plus they don't use very many ingredients. Bonus!
To start, melt a stick of butter and stir in 1 tsp. vanilla.
Then mix together your dry ingredients. Flour, sugar, baking powder, xanthum gum, oats, salt and lemon zest. I used a zester and took a couple swipes at the lemon. I've been doing a little research about the xanthum gum. It seems as though it's main job is to be a binder in dishes that don't use wheat flour. I think if you used wheat flour in this instead of oat flour, you wouldn't need the xanthum gum. Just a thought!
Then press 1 cup of the mixture onto the bottom of an 8x8 inch glass pan that has been greased. I used a cooking spray.
Now for the delicious raspberry filling. Stir raspberry jam and 1 tsp. vanilla together.
Top with the rest of the dough mixture and bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes, or until the top is slightly brown.
These are fantastic! I haven't been able to find a lot of recipes that are easy to make like this - but this one is! Easy, quick and delicious. You can't go wrong!
Raspberry Oatmeal Bars
As seen on the back of the Bob's Red Mill oat flour package
1/2 cup vegan butter melted
2 tsp. vanilla - divided
1 cup Oat flour
1 cup oats
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp lemon zest
1/2 tsp sea salt
2/3 cup raspberry jam
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
2. Grease an 8x8 inch glass dish
3. Melt butter and stir in 1 tsp. vanilla
4. Mix together flour, oats, sugar, xanthan gum, baking powder and lemon zest in a medium sized bowl.
5. Add melted butter mixture and stir. Dough will be crumbly.
6. Press 1 cup dough onto bottom of glass pan.
7. Mix raspberry jam and 1 tsp. vanilla together in small bowl.
8. Spread evenly over dough.
9. Sprinkle remaining dough on top of jam mixture.
10. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until top is slightly brown.
*** Side note. The next time I make this I would double the amount of jelly mixture in the center. That would make this even juicer!