Monday, April 23, 2012

Jam and Oatmeal Bars

So every Saturday in spring and summer, I go to the Farmer's Market down the block.  It's my "thing."  I get cranky if I can't go.  It's just such a perfect way to start a weekend.  I browse the beautiful produce, handmade soups and lotions, and cool jewelry.  Then I grab a latte and The Onion and everything is right in the world and my possibilities are endless.  

But what I don't tell people is that I don't actually buy any of the produce or lotions or soaps.  I go there for one thing and one thing only.  Pastries.  PASTRIES.  The same vendor is there every week and they sell the best scones and cinnamon rolls and breads.  So I let my heart decide which pastry speaks to me that morning and then I pretend that I'm not about to consume 1,000 calories in the form of a mixed berry scone.  It's fine.    

So this last week I decided to get a blueberry danish.  And it was just terrible.  NOT.  It was heavenly.  My life would be easier if it was terrible.  Then I wouldn't eat danishes and I'd have the abs of an athlete and I'd run marathons.  But I guess SOMEONE has to eat the danishes of the world, right?  You're welcome Denmark.  
But if you're not in the mood for a 1,000 calorie breakfast and a food coma, these Jam and Oatmeal bars are a nice alternative.  There's some buttery goodness and some fruity sweetness.  Plus, and don't freak out, these are major shortcut bars.  With cake mix, jarred  jam, and butter, they're a breeze to whip up.  Sorry Denmark.  

Jam and Oatmeal Bars

1 (18.25 oz) package yellow cake mix
2 1/2 cups quick cooking oats
1 cup butter, melted
1 cup jam (any flavor)
1 Tbsp water (if needed)

1.  Preheat oven to 375 F and grease a 9"x13" pan.  
2.  In a large bowl, mix together cake mix, oatmeal and butter so there is no dry mix left.  Press about half the dough into the pan to form the crust. 
3.  If your jam is thick, mix with tablespoon of water to thin.  Then spread evenly over crust.  Sprinkle remaining dough over the top by dropping clumps to evenly coat.
4.  Bake in preheated oven for 18-22 minutes or until top is lightly browned.  Cool completely before cutting into bars.  



  1. Ann these were amazing! Made them a couple weeks ago and forgot to tell you about it. And we make the granola allll the time. Can't wait to try the berry crumble recipe!
    miss you :)

  2. Thanks Ash! They're so easy and there's a ton of variations for them too. I miss you too and I hope you and your little nugget are doing great! :)