Berry Good Breakfast Bars
Use fresh or frozen raspberries or any combination of berries to make this grab 'n go breakfast or cookie bar.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 16 bars
- 1-1/2 cups fresh or frozen berries, about 6-7 ounces, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries or combination
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 Tbsp cornstarch
- 2 Tbsp lemon juice
- 1-1/2 cups regular or quick oats
- 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/3 - 2/3 cup packed brown sugar, depending on preference for sweetness
- 1/3 cup walnut pieces
- 1/4 cup wheat germ or flaxmeal
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/3 cup canola or vegetable oil
- 1 large egg
Combine berries, sugar, cornstarch and lemon juice in a small saucepan. Stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil. Simmer on medium heat, stirring constantly for 2-3 minutes until fruit breaks down and mixture is thickened and translucent. Remove from heat and let stand while preparing topping.
Combine oats, flour, brown sugar, walnuts, wheat germ, cinnamon, and salt in a food processor. Process until oats and walnuts are finely ground.
Add oil and egg; pulse until evenly combined, scraping sides of work bowl.
Firmly press half the crumb mixture, about 2 cups, evenly on bottom of prepared pan. Spread fruit filling evenly over crumbs. Top with remaining crumbs and pat down evenly.
Bake 25 minutes until golden brown. Bars may puff slightly. Cool completely in pan. Lift out of pan with parchment, if using parchment and place on a cutting board. Cut into bars. Or cut bars in pan and lift out with off-set spatula.