Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Raspberry Oat Bars | Blogger C.L.U.E. Society

I am excited about three things at this exact moment.  First that it time again for Blogger C.L.U.E. Society.  Second is that the theme for May is berries. Third but the most exciting is that I was paired with Kim from Liv Life.  I belong to this secret society of sorts where each month we are paired with another food blogger, given a theme and set off to explore our assigned bloggers blog and hunt down a recipe that matches the theme and we are excited about making.

Although I have actually never met Kim, I feel like we have been friends for years.  We actually have been Facebook friends for years. She was originally from the Bay Area and now resides in the San Diego area with her Pilot hubby, talented daughter Liv, smart son and their two adorable Maltese doggies. I feel like we have a lot in common since our hubbies both fly airplanes.  My hubby flies small planes for fun and wishes he was an airline pilot, where her hubby is one.  We both have two doggies and they are a large part of our worlds.  We both have blogs and love to cook.  I have a open invitation for her to come to Friday Night Bites and enjoy wine and appetizers with my hubby and me.  I truly hope she will take me up on the offer one day soon. Smile.

I spent several hours combing Kim’s site to pick just the right recipe that sang to me and had the secret ingredient – berries.  After narrowing down my choices I finally settled on her Strawberry Oatmeal Jam Bars.  I thought I would mix it up a bit and made it with raspberries since they are my absolute favorite berry on this planet.  I also added a teaspoon of orange liquor to the jam to kick it up just a tiny notch.  I like a tall bar cookie so I increased the quantities a bit. The end result was heaven in my mouth.  Hubby loved them.  Thank you Kim for such a wonderful recipe and I look forward to having you and your hubby over for Friday Night Bites one day soon!

Raspberry Oat Bars

Make 16 two inch squares

¾ Cup Brown Sugar
1 ½ Cup Flour
½ teaspoon Baking Soda
¼ teaspoon Salt
¾ Cup Rolled Oats
¾ Cup Butter, cut into small cubes
1 Cup Raspberry Jam
1/3 Cup Fresh Raspberries
1 teaspoon Orange Liquor

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray an 8 inch square pan with cooking spray and set aside.  You can also line with parchment paper as an alternative to the cooking spray, which I did.  It makes it easy to remove and cut into even pieces.

In a large bowl, combine the brown sugar, flour, baking soda, salt and rolled oats.  Drop the butter into the flour mixture and rub with your fingers or a pastry cutter to form a crumble.  Press 2 cups of the mixture into the prepared pan and spread the jam over the top and drizzle the orange liquor on top and gently spread over the jam.  Sprinkle the raspberries over the jam and then sprinkle with the remaining crumble mixture, gently pressing the crumble into the top of the jam.

Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until the bars are lightly browned.  Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.  Allow the bars to cool completely before cutting into squares.

Please check out all the recipes from May's Blogger C.L.U.E. Society posts:

  • Azmina from Lawyer Loves Lunch

  • Kelli from Kelli's Kitchen

  • Kim from Liv Life

  • Lea Ann from Cooking on the Ranch

  • Kathleen from Bakeaway with Me

  • Anna from Anna Dishes

  • Heather from girlichef

  • Christiane from Taking on Magazines

  • Debra from Eliot's Eats

  • Lora from Cake Duchess

  • Kathy from A Spoonful of Thyme

  • Rebekah from Making Miracles


    1. These sound lovely. My husband is also a pilot but we have 3 dogs LOL

      1. Love that there are so many pilot hubbies! What kind of doggies do you have?

      2. Another pilot in the bogger group!! Didn't know that Wendy!

      3. Cool huh? Also, Jean from Lemon & Anchovies - her hubby is a private pilot like mine! :-)

    2. Great looking bars, wish I had about 5 for breakfast! And your photos are fabulous…makes me want to reach right in and grab one.

    3. Oh Lisa!! I didn't actually know you had me this month, and when I clicked on your title I thought, "Now this is a recipe I'm going to love!" And I do! Love the raspberry addition (and the orange liquor... pure brilliance).
      I feel so blessed to have met wonderful friends like you through our blogs. One of these Fridays I really am taking you up on that offer! Beautiful post, Lisa. You made my day. XOXO

      1. Ahhhhh - thank you Kim! My open invitation stands! :-)

    4. I have an empty plate in front of me and one of your Raspberry Oat Bars would look great on it....that is if it made it to the plate! Yummy.

      1. Thank you! I brought them to the office today and they were gone quite quickly!

    5. A very nice post! Your photos are lovely! And those bars look delectable! Raspberries are my favorite too!
      My hubby is a retired Air Traffic Controller. It looks as if the airline industry is well represented in the food blog world!

    6. I love fruit and oat bars - such a tempting combination to me. The little hit of liqueur sounds like just the thing - so pretty!

    7. I've given Kim an open invitation to come to our house any time, but I think I'll have a bit more trouble getting her here since I live on the other side of the country. :) I do love fruit bars (I made blueberries ones for CLUE) and think these look divine.

    8. YUMMM!! Those look absolutely amazing! I love raspberry oat bars. :)

    9. Yay, for pilot husbands! And I see that Wendy has one, too. Cool! Love that you picked Kim this month. Even though I've never met her I feel like she's an old friend. These raspberry oat bars look awesome!

      Miss you, dear Lisa! Let's get together soon.

    10. I'm the same way with raspberries Lisa, to me the perfect fruit, on their own, on yogurt, ice cream and really perfect in a delicious dessert bar like this one. They look amazing, like something from a fine bakery!

    11. Good call on using raspberries. Strawberries are great and all but nothing beats a good raspberry!


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