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Super Easy Oatmeal Jam Bars & an Award

As a food blogger, I try to keep my site somewhat versatile in an effort to appeal to a vast audience. Although My Baking Addiction’s primary focus is on homemade desserts and decent food photography, I do try to throw in the occasional side dish and also attempt to supply my lovely readers with easy, kid friendly recipes.

I know not everyone has time to make cupcakes from scratch or spend hours preparing a gazillion step Daring Bakers recipe. Although I am not a big user of boxed mixes, I do realize they come in very handy in many households and can produce some damn tasty desserts, which is why I post them from time to time.

Since I stalk sitemeter like it’s my job, I know the stats from my blog on a daily basis. I know what is getting a bunch of hits and what does not seem to be going over very well. Last week I received a ton of hits from stumbleupon for my Rocky Road Bars and being oh-so-curious, I checked the tags and ratings for the recipe. I realized that someone had stumbled the recipe and tagged it as trash because it contained a box mix.

Was I offended? Heck no, it cracked me up! And I would like to take a moment to personally thank that person for the stumble because it sent over a lot of traffic… so smooches to you, my anti-boxed cake mix friend, although I have no clue who you are!

Okay, enough of that randomness. In honor of the trash tag, I bring to you another boxed cake mix recipe. This one is ridiculously easy and perfect for a child foodie to make.

It uses very simple ingredients and produces a nicely textured, fruity bar. I used a lemon cake mix and blackberry jam (that is what I had on hand) which was decent, but the recipe as it is written with the yellow cake mix is much tastier, so definitely follow that route. I am thinking the combinations for this recipe are endless and I just bet some of you come up with some scrumptious versions!

Oatmeal Jam Bars


1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix
2 1/2 cups quick cooking oats
3/4 cup margarine, melted
1 cup raspberry jam
1 tablespoon water


1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Grease a 9"×13" inch pan.

2. In a large bowl, mix together oats, cake mix, and melted margarine so that it makes nice clumps and there is no dry mix left. Press 1/2 of the oats mixture evenly into the bottom the prepared pan. In a separate bowl, mix jam with water, and spread over the crust. Sprinkle the remaining oat mixture evenly over the top.

3. Bake in the preheated oven for 18 to 23 minutes, or until the top is lightly browned. Cool before cutting into bars.

- from allrecipes

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The rules are as follows
1. Thank the person who has given you the award-goes without saying lol
2. Copy the logo and place it on your blog
3. Link to the person who has nominated you for the award
4. Name 7 things about yourself that people might find interesting
5. Nominate 7 Kreativ Bloggers
6. Post links to the 7 blogs you nominate
7. Leave a comment on which of the blogs to let them know they have been nominated

According to the rules, I have to post 7 things you may not know about me:
1. I am not a morning person.
2. I hate bugs with a passion and you will never catch me in a tent.
3. I love fountain pop, diet coke or regular…if I feel like living on the edge.
4. I have an obsession with crime shows, my absolute fave being Criminal Minds.
5. I teach children with emotional disturbances.
6. I love Cheetos…even the baked ones!
7. I treat my dog, Henry, like a child.

Okay, now I have to pass this off to 7 rad bloggers…Here are my nominations!
1. Maria from Two Peas in a Pod
2. Ingrid from Baseball Baking and Books
3. Em from The Repressed Pastry Chef
4. Sara from Sara’s Sweets
5. Avanika from YumsiliciousBakes
6. Eliana from A Chica Bakes
7. Cassie from How to Eat a Cupcake

You gals are all great and keep the recipes coming!!!

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A Rachel Ray Stoneware

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Thursday 5th of February 2015

Having such a great time with this recipe! I just found it a few weeks ago and the third batch is in the oven right now! The first time I followed the recipe almost exactly - yellow cake mix with raspberry jam - I just sprinkled a cup of mini choco chips on the jam before the topping. Huge hit with choco-loving husband and my young great-nephews! The next version was a chocolate cake mix with strawberry jelly - another win. Then, my niece used apple butter with a spice cake mix. My newest rendition is a lemon cake mix with quince jelly. I am sure it will be great too! I try to bake from scratch but too often time is at a premium. That's when cake mixes can be magic! This will now be my go-to recipe when I need a quick pan of great cookies! Thanks!


Thursday 17th of July 2014

So I tried this with a gluten-free cake mix (my son and I have celiac disease) and other than needing to add more butter/margarine than is called for, it worked just fine. Anyone making this option would also need to use gluten-free oats. These were great, my family of eight vacuumed them right up! Thank you!


Thursday 16th of January 2014

I made these bars couple of times , they are fabulous , thank you so much I'm a big fan , unfortunately all I have today is a vanilla cake mix box , will it gave me the same result instead of the yellow cake mix ???


Friday 17th of January 2014

Maria- I think that will be completely fine. Enjoy and thanks so much for stopping by! -Jamie


Tuesday 21st of July 2009

These bar are fabulous.


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Sunday 19th of July 2009

Back in 1959 the neighbor's man of the house insisted that they have cake every week, and "No box cake will ever be in MY house!" He bragged on and on about his wife's delicious cakes.

Of course, they threw the boxes away at our house so he didn't know. Heh!

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