Thursday, February 24, 2011

Raspberry Oat Bars

These bars don't need much of an introduction.  Raspberry.  Oats.  And, dark chocolate - if you'd like.  They're tasty, and best the first day or so after baking.  But - they won't last that long.

Raspberry Oat Bars - Finding Joy in My Kitchen

1 C whole wheat flour
1 C quick cook oats
2/3 C brown sugar
1/4 tsp. baking soda
3 T butter
1/4 C applesauce*

1 C raspberries
1 T corn starch
3 T sugar
1/2 C dark chocolate chips, optional

Begin by combing the oats, baking soda and flour together in a large mixing bowl.  Then, add the brown sugar.

Take 1/3 of the mixture and transfer it to another bowl.  Add the 3 T of butter, softened or melted, and mix to combine.  

With the remaining 2/3 of the oat mixture, add in the applesauce, and mix until clumps form.

Press the mixture into a lightly greased 11x7 baking dish.

Then, prepare the sauce.  Mix the berries, corn starch and sugar in a sauce pan.  You may need to add 1/8 C water to the mixture.  Heat over medium heat and stir constantly until the berries have a nice thick sauce.  

Pour the sauce over the oat crust mixture.

Then, spread out the mixture using a spatula.

If you desire, sprinkle chocolate chips over the top.  I did half and half.  

Take the remaining butter-crumb oats and sprinkle them over the top.  

Press the oat mixture lightly so it presses into the raspberry layer.  

Bake at 350 for 30 minutes, until the top is golden brown.  

Allow to cool a bit before slicing and serving.  

Oh. My.  Please do, share these with friends.

But not too many friends.

You'll want one or two yourself.  

*If you wish, you can use all butter in this recipe.


Linked to: Recipe Swap, Feasting in Fellowship Friday, Fun with Food Friday, Sweet Tooth Friday, Sweets for a Saturday, Made By You Monday.


  1. You had me at raspberry...then you said dark chocolate....MMMMMMMMMMMM!!!! Can't wait to make these!

  2. I am so excited to see that I have all of the ingredients to make these! I love anything with raspberries :)
    I had frozen some raspberries not long ago so I am hoping they will turn out ok in this recipe. Anxious to try it out this weekend!
    Thanks for sharing,

  3. Those look delicious! I think I even have most of the ingredients in my pantry right now ...

  4. These sound so good - rasberry & dark chocolate - nothing gets much better! I'll be trying this recipe soon :o)

  5. may give these a shot with some strawberries i need to use up! sounds tasty!

  6. Maybe I missed it bit why is there an * by applesauce?

  7. @Mike and Sue

    Great catch! I updated the recipe with the * at the end. I wanted to say that the recipe can be made entirely with butter, or with any increasing combination of applesauce and butter you desire.

  8. Ok this looks right up my alley!

  9. Yum! I can't wait to try these! They sound so delicious.

  10. I am loving the flavor combination. Yum.

  11. Wow!! These look amazing! You just can't go wrong with Raspberry and chocolate. Can't wait to try these! :)

  12. These bars look delicious...and healthier than many dessert recipes, which is perfect for the kids!!!

  13. My husband will love these, thanks for sharing! Healthy and delicious, perfect!

  14. This looks so good... wish I had some raspberries in the freezer.

  15. This has been sitting in my inbox for a couple of days, I knew as soon as I saw the title that it would be a keeper! Thanks!

  16. Oh...good glory! This looks so tasty....I shared this recipe on my Must Try Tuesday post this week....

  17. Mmm, raspberry and chocolate are a match made in heaven. Thanks for linking this up to Sweets for a Saturday.

  18. These are delicious, but you never say when to add in the brown sugar - I assumed in the first step, which worked for me! I also doubled the fruit.

    Thanks for a delicious recipe!

  19. I have been scouring the internet for a recipe containing whole wheat flour and raspberries and came across your blog. This sounds amazing. I am now subscribed to your blog and can't wait to look around. :)


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