Raspberry Streusel Bars

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Raspberry Streusel Bars

Happy Friday, loves! Hope you have a great weekend planned! Me and the hubby will be off to the beach tomorrow, but before we take off for our day in the sun we will have a cup of coffee and a raspberry streusel bar! They are great for breakfast or a sweet treat after dinner. They are quick and easy to make, and they are delicious!

You can have fun changing the ingredients around, if you’d like. I used milk chocolate chips, but you can try semi chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, or even mix two kinds. You could try dark brown sugar for a more intense flavor, or try a different type of fruit (or jam) like blueberries, blackberries, ect.   That’s the beauty of baking – make it your own!

Ingredients

1  1/4 cup quick oats (I only had rolled oats on hand, but a quick spin in the food processor and I had quick oats!)Raspberry Streusel Bars
1  1/4 cup flour (I prefer oat flour, but used all purpose this time)
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 stick of butter softened or melted
1 cup raspberry jam, preserves, or frozen berries (I used frozen, so it wouldn’t be too sweet)
3/4 cup chocolate chips

Combine oats, flour, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Stir in butter until mixture is crumbly.

Crumbled mixture

Crumbled mixture

Reserve 1 cup of mixture, set aside. Press remaining mixture into bottom of an 8 in square pan. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes. After removing pan from the oven spread raspberries evenly over crust to within 1/4 inch of the edge. Sprinkle with 1/2 of the chocolate chips. IMG_1935
Combine remaining crumb mixture and remaining chocolate chips, sprinkle on top of raspberries, pressing lightly into fruit. IMG_1936

                   Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes or until top is golden brown.

All done!

Forgot to take them out right away, so the edges are slightly toasty, but thy are still delicious!

Enjoy!  These also freeze well, so feel free to make a double batch and freeze for future cravings!
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