#CookTheBox : Strawberry Rhubarb Bars

Strawberry Rhubarb Bars
By Brianna Wright

Crumb Layer Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/3 cups rolled old fashioned oats – we used Favorite 5 from Grain Place Foods
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup  granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Filling Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups hulled and diced strawberries (from 12 oz whole)
  • 1 1/2 cups 1/4-inch thick diced rhubarb
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice (We used lime)
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch

Directions for Crumb Layer

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Butter a 9 by 9-inch baking dish and line with parchment paper, butter parchment (if you don’t care to lift the bars out of the pan before cutting you can just butter the dish, no parchment needed).
  3. In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking soda and salt for 20 seconds.
  4. Add in oats, brown sugar and granulated sugar and whisk to blend, while using fingertips to break up small clumps of brown sugar.
  5. Whisk vanilla into melted butter then pour melted butter over oat mixture. Stir with a spatula until mixture is evenly moistened.
  6. Press 2/3 of the mixture into prepared baking dish, set aside remaining 1/3.

Directions for Filling

  1. Add diced strawberries and rhubarb to a medium mixing bowl. Toss with lemon juice.
  2. In a small mixing bowl whisk together sugar and cornstarch.
  3. Pour sugar mixture over strawberry mixture and toss to coat.
  4. Pour strawberry mixture over bottom crumb layer in baking dish.
  5. Evenly sprinkle remaining 1/3 crumb mixture over top.
  6. Bake in preheated oven until top is golden brown and crisp and filling is bubbling, about 45 – 50 minutes.
  7. Cool on a wire rack until warm then cut into squares.
  8. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream if desired.