When my freezer defrosted this week, I created a compote with several kinds of semi defrosted fruit as a kind of “quick save”. Although I’ve been eating a lot of it just mixed in to my morning yogurt, some of it went into these yummy Oatmeal Fruit Bars.
With only 5 ingredients (sans the fruit filling), all of which are pantry staples, these bars are quick and frugal!
1C Oats (original recipe stated quick cook, but I use reg & it’s fine)
2/3C Brown Sugar
1/4 tsp Baking Soda
Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl.
Cut in butter. I have never like that whole “use two knives to cut in” thing, so I just get in there with my hands and keep mushing & mixing until it is combined
Reserve out 1/2C of mixture. Press the rest firmly into an 8X8 pan.
Layer on fruit filling & sprinkle reserved oat mixture on top.
Bake at 350 for 35 minutes.
Let cool & cut into bars.
You have several options here. You can use a 10oz jar of preserves (homemade or store bought) or you can cook up some. If you are a confident cook, just cook some fruit, water & sugar to the consistency of pie filling. If you need a recipe, try one of these below:
Raisin Filling: Cook till thick and bubbly 1C raisins with 1/2C water, 2TBS sugar and 2TBS Cornstarch (remember to dissolve cornstarch in a bit of the cold water first)
Apple Filling: Cook 2 apples (peeled & chopped) with 2TBS Sugar, 2TBS water, a dash of lemon juice and any spices (1/2 tsp cinnamon is good). Boil, then reduce heat and simmer till thick, approx 8 min.