This is my sister absolute favorite dessert and she insisted that I make her some. She has recently been bothered by eating gluten so it was my job to find a way to make these gluten free. Many gluten free flour substitutes found in the supermarket are really expensive so i decided I would try to make my own oat flour*. It was super simple and much cheaper then buying it. This is my first recipe using them and I’m definitely going to try it again. In the mean time, gluten free or not, these bars are delicious. Bake away!
Raspberry Oatmeal Squares:
(adapted from joy of baking)
1/2 cup unsalted butter room temperature
1 cup light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups oat flour* or (all purpose flour)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups old fashioned rolled oats, divided
* make your own oat flour by put either steel cut oats or old fashion rolled oats in the food processor till it becomes close to flour consistency.
1 cup raspberry jam or preserves (homemade or store bought)
Raspberry Oatmeal Squares: Preheat oven to 350 degrees parchment a 9 x 9 inch pan.
Oatmeal Base: In the bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy (about 2 minutes). Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat until incorporated. In a separate bowl whisk together the oat flour(or all purpose), baking soda, and salt. Add to the butter mixture and mix until well combined. Stir in 1 3/4 cups (155 grams) of the rolled oats. Press 2/3 of the dough into the bottom of the prepared pan.
Spread the raspberry jam (preserves) over the oatmeal base.To the remaining dough add the remaining 1/4 cup (25 grams) of rolled oats.Crumble this mixture evenly over the top of the raspberry jam. Bake for about 25 -30 minutesor until nicely browned. Place on a wire rack to cool and then cut into squares.
Makes about 16 – 2 inch squares.