I’ve been spending a lot more time in grocery stores lately and I’m definitely loving the fact that beautiful, fresh berries are back in stock. In my mind, fresh berries are a sure sign that the seasons are changing, even if it’s still sweatshirt/sweater weather here in Ohio. And while peak strawberry season hasn’t quite hit my region, this recipe allows even pre-season berries to sing.

Along with Spring warmth and sunshine comes bathing suit season – did that just make you wince a little? I pretty much find myself dreading the mere thought of it! Coming off of a super long, cold winter hunkered down over delicious comfort foods; these Strawberry Oatmeal Bars sweetened with Truvia Baking Blend can make you feel a little less intimidated by a trip to the beach. Swapping Truvia Baking Blend for regular sugar has allowed me to cut some calories from my diet, without having to cut out my weekly baking rituals.

These bars are a breeze to make. One simple mixture packed full of whole grain goodness makes up both the tender crust and the cinnamon crumble topping. The fresh strawberry filling adds just the right amount of sweetness to make these bars the perfect Spring dessert. Between the fruit and the oats, they’re also pretty much breakfast perfection.

Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

Ingredients:

Crust/topping:
2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup white whole wheat flour
1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
¾ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/3 cup Truvia Baking Blend (see note below for substitution)

Filling:
4 cups of strawberries, washed, hulled and diced
1/3 cup of Truvia Baking Blend
Juice from 1/2 lemon
1/3 cup corn starch

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease a 9×13 baking pan and set aside.

2. In a large bowl, stir together strawberries and 1/3 cup of Truvia Baking Blend and let sit for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, add lemon juice and cornstarch and stir to combine.

3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix oats, flours, cinnamon, butter, salt, vanilla and 1/3 cup Truvia Baking Blend on low speed until combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix on high speed for an additional 2 minutes.

4. Press 2/3 of the crust mixture into the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Spread the strawberry filling evenly over the top of the crust. Sprinkle the remaining crust mixture over the top of the strawberry filling, creating a crumb-like topping.

5. Bake bars for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool completely before cutting.

Notes:

– You can use all purpose flour in place of the white whole wheat flour.
– Try swapping out other berries in place of the strawberries for a different twist.
– If you would like to use granulated sugar in place of the Truvia Baking Blend, simply double the measurement.

My Baking Addiction adapted from Truvia

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