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Awesome Strawberry Rhubarb Oatmeal Bars

These scrumptious Awesome Strawberry Rhubarb Oatmeal Bars won a Pennsylvania State Fair Butter Cookie Contest and it's no wonder with the mouth-watering sweet and tart flavors of strawberry and rhubarb pie flavor baked in a yummy oatmeal crust. Promising you won't stop at one.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Author: Kim Lange

Ingredients

Strawberry Rhubarb Filling

  • 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen unsweetened rhubarb I used Dole frozen rhubarb, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

Oatmeal Crust

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Combine rhubarb, strawberries and lemon juice in 2-quart saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, 8-12 minutes or until fruit is tender.
  • Combine 1/2 cup sugar and cornstarch in bowl and stir into fruit mixture.
  • Continue cooking, stirring constantly, 1 minute or until mixture comes to a boil.
  • Continue boiling 1 minute or until thickened.
  • Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Heat oven to 350°F.
  • Combine all crust ingredients in bowl.
  • Beat at low speed, scraping bowl often, until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Reserve 1 1/2 cups crumb mixture.
  • Press remaining crumb mixture onto bottom of greased 13x9-inch baking pan.
  • Spread strawberry rhubarb filling over crust.
  • Sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture.
  • Bake 30-35 minutes until golden brown.
  • Cool completely and cut into bars.