If I had to choose a favorite between cooking or baking…. there’s no question, I would much rather cook. I love to cook. It’s so much easier than baking because (for the most part) I can correct my mistakes before anyone notices! Sauce to thick? Add a little broth or cream. Soup to bland? Add some salt and pepper. Pasta still missing something? Toss in some chopped herbs, a squeeze of lemon or… you get the idea:)
But with baking – you aren’t able to find out until 30+ minutes and an entire pan full of delicious-smelling muffins later that they are actually inedible because you doubled the baking soda. Or that your picture-perfect mixed berry pie is so runny that you will actually have to eat it with a straw.
Then there are recipes like this one that make me fall in love with baking 🙂
I didn’t really have much to work with – besides a handful of pantry staples like coconut oil, brown sugar, oats and some blackberry jam. The result? Not only did my house smell the best it has smelled in weeks, but these Blackberry Crumb Bars were also incredibly delicious. And they are so simple with only six ingredients. Feel free to make changes based on what’s in your pantry – if you don’t have coconut oil, you could use butter or shortening. Or if you only have apricot preserves, I bet they would also work great 🙂 And if you try a different variation, please share!
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 quick-cooking oats
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup all natural blackberry preserves
- Preheat oven to 350° F. Spray a small square pan on all sides with cooking spray. I like Trader Joe's Coconut Oil Spray.
- In a mixing bowl, stir together the brown sugar, flour, baking soda, salt, and oats. Add the coconut oil. Using your hands, work the coconut oil into the oat mixture until a nice crumb dough begins to form.
- Spoon about half of the mixture into the bottom of the greased pan. Press with your fingers until it goes out to the edges of the pan. Spread the jam on top of the crumb layer using the back of a spoon or a spatula. Sprinkle the remaining crumb mixture over the top, and lightly press it into the blackberry jam.
- Bake for 30 minutes until golden brown. Let come to room temperature and then cut into bars.