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Make Ahead Strawberry Granola Bars

strawberry granola bars

These strawberry granola bars are SO easy to make – and they freeze well if you cut them into portions and wrap them in plastic wrap. I like to store these in the freezer in a Tupperware container, after wrapping them. I pull them out in the morning while I pack the kids for school or in our hiking packs, and they are thawed by lunchtime! They also keep well, so if I pull them out and don’t eat them I found even 3-4 days later they were still yummy!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Quaker Oats, divided
  • 1.5 cups flour, divided
  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar, divided
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger, divided
  • 1/2 tsp salt, divided
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter (we like Earthborn Vegan Butter Sticks)
  • 6 more tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 cups (10 oz) diced strawberries, make them tiny!
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp granulated white sugar, divided
strawberry granola bars

Recipe:

  1. Preheat your oven to 375ºF and line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper so that the paper overhangs two sides like handles.
  2. Mix half your oats (1 cup), flour (3/4 cup), brown sugar (1/3 cup), ginger (1/4 tsp), and salt (1/4 tsp) in a bowl.
  3. Melt 6 tbsp butter and pour over the dry ingredients. Stir until the mixture is coated and crumbly.
  4. Next, Pour and Press the mixture into the bottom of your parchment lined pan in an even layer.
  5. Spread the strawberries in your baking pan. Sprinkle the cornstarch evenly over the strawberries, then sprinkle the lemon juice and half your granulated sugar (1/2 tbsp).
  6. Create another crumble mixture with the other half of your oats (1 cup), flour (3/4 cup), brown sugar (1/3 cup), ginger (1/4 tsp), and salt (1/4 tsp) in your bowl.
  7. Melt 6 tbsp butter and pour over the dry ingredients. Stirring until the mixture is coated and crumbly.
  8. Scatter this crumbly mixture over the strawberries and press down gently; evening out your ingredients as best you can. It is ok if the strawberries show through.
  9. Bake the bars for 35-40 minutes, until the fruit is bubbly and the crumb topping smells toasty and looks golden. LET YOUR DELICIOUS STRAWBERRY GRANOLA BARS COOL COMPLETELY BEFORE CUTTING. Fruit gets VERY HOT, so don’t rush this step.
  10. Once cooled you can pull them using the parchment paper, cut and serve. Or, portion out your strawberry granola bars, wrapping in plastic wrap and store in the freezer for up to 2 months.
make ahead strawberry granola bars

This recipe was adapted from Erin over at Well Planted

If you like the ease of having delicious food on the go, check out my article on Meal Replacement Shakes!


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