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Berry Bars

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup unbleached flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ
  • 1/2 cup ground flax seeds
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 sticks (or 1/2 pound) Organic Valley® butter, softened at room temperature

For the berry filling:

  • 5 cups mixed frozen berries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 Tbsp. cold water
  • 2 Tbsp. corn starch

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Spray 13″ x 9″ cake pan with non stick spray.
  3. Combine first 9 dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  4. With clean hands, mix in soft butter till large crumbs form and all butter is incorporated.

Next make berry filling:

  1. In a large sauce pan combine berries, sugar and 1/4 cup water. Stir and bring to a boil.
  2. While berries are heating, mix the corn starch into 2 Tbsp. of cold water to make a thin paste.
  3. Pull berries off heat. Slowly pour in cornstarch mixture while stirring.
  4. Return pan to heat and bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 1 minute more. Remove from heat and let cool.
  5. Pat 1/2 of the oat mixture into bottom of cake pan. Spread berry filling over the top. Sprinkle remaining oat mixture on top of berry filling.
  6. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes untill starting to brown and filling is bubbling.
  7. Cool before cutting into squares.

Servings: 30 bars

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