• 1 pound fresh strawberries
  • ½lemon, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 ½ cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • Directions

  • Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Butter a 9×12-inch baking dish.


  • Step 2

    Remove the green tops from strawberries using the tip of small, sharp knife or strawberry huller. Place the berries cut-side down on a work surface and cut in half. Slice each half lengthwise 3 to 5 times before turning and cutting across in a nice, uniform dice.

  • Step 3

    Combine diced strawberries, lemon juice, sugar, and cornstarch in a mixing bowl and stir until thoroughly combined and the cornstarch disappears. Set aside until needed.

  • Step 4

    Combine oats, all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, brown sugar, salt, and ginger in a mixing bowl. Pour in melted butter and stir thoroughly until dry ingredients are evenly coated.

  • Step 5

    Transfer 60% of the oatmeal mixture into the prepared baking dish and spread out into an even layer. Press the mixture down with the back of a spoon or spatula to compress slightly.

  • Step 6

    Place strawberries over the top using a slotted spoon. Do not press down. Reserve any accumulated juices in the bowl. Top with remaining oatmeal mixture and press down lightly with the back of a spoon or spatula. Drizzle reserved juices on top.

  • Step 7

    Bake in the preheated oven until the top is golden brown, about 45 minutes. Press the top down with a spatula to compress slightly. Let cool completely, about 1 hour. Cut into bars and serve.

  • Chef's Notes:

    You can use all of one type of flour instead of using both all-purpose and whole wheat.

    These can be made in an 8×8-inch baking or cake dish for a thicker bar. Since this will result in a thicker layer, it may need a few extra minutes of baking time.

    If you want to make these more dessert-like, top with icing.

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