September 20, 2011

Gluten-Free Raspberry Oatmeal Bars

Oftentimes at the end of the week I am left with ingredients that I didn't use all of in my weekly menu plans. With meat and commonly used items like bread flour that is never a problem. However, when I buy specialty items for a particular recipe, I am left with trying to figure out what to do with the remaining ingredients. A couple of months back, I made a batch of delicious spelt pancakes. The pancakes turned out great, but I was left with half of a package of whole grain oat flour and no idea what to use it for. Last week while trying to decide on an afternoon school snack for my oldest son, I came up with the idea of using homemade jam and the oat flour to bake Raspberry Oatmeal Bars. Here is the recipe:
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) Unsalted Butter
  • 2 tsp. Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup Oat Flour
  • 1 cup Rolled Oats
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1 1/2 Xanthan Gum
  • 1 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp. grated Lemon Zest
  • 1/2 tsp. Sea Salt
  • 2/3 cup Raspberry Jam
Preheat oven to 375. Grease a 8 by 8 pan. Combine melted butter, and 1 tsp. vanilla in a bowl. Add flour, oats, sugar, xanthan gum, baking powder, lemon zest, and salt until well mixed. Press 1 cup of the mixture firmly into bottom of the greased pan. Add remaining 1 teaspoon of vanilla into raspberry jam and spread evenly over top. Sprinkle remaining oat mixture over top and bake 20-25 minutes. Let bars cool at least 30 minutes before slicing. Makes 16 bars.

These bars only lasted a couple hours after I made them, they were delicious. I used homemade raspberry jam, which I had canned last month. The recipe would work just as well with store bought preserves or jam. A very easy gluten-free dessert recipe.



Adapted from the back of the Bob's Red Mill Whole Grain Oat Flour package.

11 comments:

  1. Oh those look yummy! Just stopping by to say hi and thanks for the follow!

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  3. Thanks for the follow! These look delicious! I will definitely have to try out the recipe.

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  4. I am not surprised that these were finished quickly! They look delicious!

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  5. Ok, those pics literally made my mouth water! Thanks for following www.MomsLifeMadeEasy.com-following you back :)

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  6. I want these soo much right now :))Now I have to figure out where I can found oat flour...perhaps I could pit the oats in a grinder

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  7. @Andrea I bought mine pre-packaged in the organic section of my grocery store. I would assume that the grinder would work, that's how wheat flour is ground, but I don't know :)

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  8. Andrea,
    Yes, you can grind rolled oats into flour in your blender. You may need to periodically scrape down the sides of the blender to make sure all of the oats get ground up into flour. I have even ground up steel cut oats for use in making quick bread. That experiment was largely successful, especially the second time when I ground the steel cut oats into a finer flour and added a couple tablespoons more liquid to the batter to account for the absorbant nature of steel cut oats.
    -Kristy Grund

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    1. Thanks for the great reply! I have never made my own oat flour, but your explanation sounds very easy. I love steel cut oats and eat them for breakfast every morning, but never thought of grinding them for quick bread, that's a great idea! I might try making rolled oats into oat flour, it would definitely be a lot cheaper than the stuff at the store, thanks!

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