There are 2 times in the day when I need something a little sweet. First, in the AM with my large mug of steaming hot black coffee and around 3 or 4 in the afternoon with my PM java jolt.
To satisfy my sweet fix I adapted this recipe from one I had in my file. The original recipe called for a jam layer only but I wanted to add a protein component so I would feel better about eating all the sugar.
On baking day I was out of Almond butter (my favorite) so I used peanut butter. Regardless of your choice, almond or peanut or any other butter for that matter you cannot go wrong and will love this recipe.
PB & Cherry Preserve Brown Sugar Oat Bars
The crumb mixture is simple to prepare. This would be a great activity if your little ones want to help with baking. Years ago I baked desserts for local restaurants, my son would love to crack eggs. He was pretty good at it too.
The peanut butter and preserve layer can be mixed together as shown above. It will not affect the final results.
For baking, I chose my favorite 9×13 cast iron baking dish. This dish is so attractive and travels well if bringing to a potluck or gathering.
- You may use either Quick cooking oats or regular. For this recipe, I use regular oats.
- Experiment with your favorite jam. I am a cherry love but think orange or grape will taste equally delicious
- 1-3/4 stick Cold Butter, Cut Into Pieces
- 1-1/2 cup All-purpose Flour
- 1-1/2 cup Oats (quick Or Regular)
- 1 cup Packed Brown Sugar
- 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
- ¼ teaspoon Salt
- 1 jar (10 To 12 Ounce) Cherry Preserves
- ½ cup Peanut or Almond Butter
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9 x 13 baking dish. I used a cast iron pan but your can use any type of oven-safe dish.
- Mix together the flour, oats, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cut in the butter with a pastry cutter until it resembles coarse crumbs.
- Sprinkle half the mixture into the pan and pat lightly to pack it a little tight.
- Spread cherry preserves evenly over the surface.
- Warm the peanut butter in the microwave about 20 seconds so it becomes spreadable. Spread over cherry preserve layer.
- Sprinkle the other half of the oat mixture over the top and pat lightly again.
- Bake until light golden brown on top, about 35 to 40 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and let cool in pan.