Raspberry Crumb Breakfast Bars

This past weekend when I was flipping through my Baked cookbook and thinking about what I wanted to make, it was hard to decide on whether I should make the Crispy Peanut Butter Bars first or these. Both recipes had my mouthwatering. I decided on making the crispy peanut butter bars first just because I was craving some chocolate! :) But after I made the peanut butter bars these raspberry bars kept tempting me. After my sixteen mile marathon training run yesterday all that was on my mind were these little pieces of heaven-I had to make them! They are fast, easy and a great change of pace from my regular breakfast and post workout snack. Crumbly oats, plump and juicy raspberries and a hint of lemon make these breakfast bars the perfect start to your day.

Raspberry Crumb Breakfast Bars

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1 1/4 cups rolled oats
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces
1/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 pound raspberries, fresh or frozen
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter the bottom and sides of a 9-by-13-inch glass or light-colored metal baking pan. Put a long piece of parchment paper in the bottom of the pan, letting the parchment extend up the two short sides of the pan and overhang slightly on both ends. (This will make it easy to remove the bars from the pan after they have baked.) Butter the parchment.
Put the flour, brown sugar, oats, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon in a food processor. Pulse in short bursts until combined. Add the butter and pulse until loose crumbs form.
Reserve 1 cup of the mixture and set aside. Pour the rest of the mixture into the prepared pan and use your hands or the back of a large wooden spoon to push the crust into an even layer at the bottom of the pan. The crust should touch the sides of the pan. Bake until golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let the crust cool. Keep the oven on while you make the raspberry filling.
In a medium bowl, whisk the sugar, lemon zest, cinnamon and flour together. Add the raspberries, lemon juice and butter and use your hands to toss gently until the raspberries are evenly coated.
Spread the raspberry filling evenly on top of the cooled crust. Sprinkle the reserved 1 cup crust mixture evenly on top of the filling.
Bake for 35 to 45 minutes, rotating the pan every 15 minutes, until the top is golden brown and the filling starts to bubble around the edges.
Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely, then cut into squares and serve. The bars can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to two days.

Recipe Note: If you do not have a food processor, no worries. Instead of placing the ingredients in the food processor, place ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add the butter and let it mix on low speed until the butter is the size of small peas. The only difference is you have large oat flakes in the bars!

Source: adapted from Baked: New Frontiers in Baking

Raspberry Crumb Breakfast Bars