The recipe seemed simple enough - mix the crust ingredients, put half in the pan, spread the jam, top with the other half of the crust mix. What made it a little trickier than expected is that the crust turned out very crumbly even after I pressed it down, so spreading the jam on top didn't work very well. Imagine trying to spread jam on a sand castle. Same idea. So instead I dropped it by small spoonfuls close together and carefully tried to make it as even as possible, but it was still a little messy. Next time I'll try using jam that's less thick, or maybe heat up the jam a little to make it a saucier before attempting to spread it.
The bars were a big hit. We all loved them. Not sure that I'd classify them as a breakfast food since they are pretty sugary, but the kids are looking froward to having them in their lunches for dessert this week, and especially stoked to be able to say that they were made at home!
Out of curiosity I plugged my ingredient list into an online nutrition calculator and then compared with a store-bought cereal bar. The results indicated that if I cut my sheet into 30 bars we'd have the same number of calories, with mine having a higher fat content and less sodium. And with mine having no artificial ingredients or extra packaging. The cost worked out to be a fair bit cheaper than a box of cereal bars, even including the fact that I used a pricier good quality jam.
Jammy Cereal Bars
recipe was altered slightly from this one
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 3/4 cup butter
- 1 1/2 cups quick cook oats
- 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 3/4 cup strawberry jam
- Mix sugar, oats, flour, cinnamon, and soda.
- Cut in the butter to form a crumbly mixture.
- Spread a little over ½ the crumb mixture into 9×13 buttered pan and press down. (I used parchment paper and didn't grease the pan)
- Carefully spread with jam, leaving a one inch edge with no jam or it will ooze out the sides.
- Add the remaining crumb mixture on top and press lightly into jam.
- Bake at 350F for about 45 minutes.
- Cut into bars, let cool at least a little before eating so you don't burn yourself on hot jam.