Raspberry Crumb Bars

I spent a couple of days happily munching on my Quebec raspberries, but I realized I’d have to actually do something with them or they would go to waste. What to do, what to do? A memory of recipe for raspberry bars popped into my mind, and thankfully I had bookmarked it. The recipe for these raspberry crumb bars is courtesy of Smitten Kitchen. I should have realized, most of my bookmarked recipes come from there.

These bars were really easy to make. The recipe says to pulse everything in a food processor, but since I only have a mini one I mixed everything together with my hands. I think a pastry cutter would have worked too. I made a couple of other small changes; I swapped whole wheat flour for all purpose, cut back on the sugar, and baked them in a smaller pan. These bars are deeelicious. The tartness of the raspberries is perfectly cut by the sweetness of the oats. I had a hard time not eating them all as soon as I cut them.

Raspberry Crumb Bars

Adapted from Smitten Kitchen, who adapted it from Baked: New Frontiers in Baking

Crust

  • 1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/4 cup quick oats
  • 3/4 packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Put all ingredients in a large bowl, mix with your fingertips or a pastry cutter until well combined (mixture will be crumbly)
  3. Press half the crust mixture into an 8×8 inch pan lined with parchment paper. Bake 12 to 15 minutes.

Raspberry Filling

  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • zest and juice of one lemon
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp whole wheat flour
  • 1 pound raspberries
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  1. In a medium bowl, mix sugar, flour, cinnamon, lemon juice and zest, and butter together.
  2. Add raspberries to mixture, toss gently till all the raspberries are covered.
  3. Once bottom crust has baked for 12 minutes, cover with raspberry mixture and then with remaining crumb mixture. Press the crumb down gently.
  4. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes.
  5. Let cool completely before cutting into bars. Seriously. It will be tough, but if you cut them too soon they will just fall apart.

Enjoy!

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22 thoughts on “Raspberry Crumb Bars

  1. These look almost exactly like fruity-oat bars that my fiance loves to get at the Madison Farmer’s Market. I will definitely need to whip up a batch for him so he can still get his fix, even though we’re far away. :)

  2. These are really, truly beautiful– I’m impressed! I am also pretty excited, because I can pretend they are healthy because fruit is involved… yay!

    — Lauren, Lauren’s Little Kitchen

  3. My two favorite things are raspberries and oatmeal. This is just what I was looking for! Now I have to find some way to make em… :-|

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