Healthy Strawberry Oat Squares with Homemade Jam

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I wouldn’t call myself a procrastinator in most areas of my life, with the exception of a few things such as business taxes, receipt entering, and organizing my Recipes page. I usually accomplish my tasks before they are ‘due’ without feeling in a panic and I also like to arrive early for meetings, appointments, and dates. Yesterday, my Project Food Blog entry was almost finished by mid-afternoon, save for a few last minute edits. It wasn’t due until 6pm, so I had time on my side. I started working on other things and all of a sudden it was 5:40pm. Eric said, worried, ‘Aren’t you going to upload your post?’

I figured I still had quite a bit of time left so I kept working on things. At 5:45pm and I hit publish, thinking nothing of it.

And that is when I realized that our internet connection was dead.

Stay calm.

Luckily, after a few minutes the internet started to work again! I thought all was fine and dandy and I hit publish again. Painful minute after painful minute passed and it still had not uploaded. We have a very slow internet connection and I was convinced that Live Writer was going to time out on me. Finally, it posted at 5:58pm and I submitted the post in my Foodbuzz profile. I was just under the wire by mere seconds.

Moral of the story: Never put your faith in technology. It will go wonky at the last second and your blood pressure will go through the roof.

If this stress-inducing episode occurs, you can comfort yourself by making oat squares, with a healthy twist. I had strawberries leftover from the dessert pizza I made on the weekend, but you could also use pre-made jam too.

Or just eat Peanut Butter Chocolate Ganache and call it a day. Both methods are completely acceptable.

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Healthy Strawberry Oat Squares with Homemade Jam

Ever since I was a young girl, I have loved strawberry oat bars and I would often have Strawberry nutrigrain bars in my lunches. While these squares aren’t a nutri-grain bar, the taste is similar. I have made this popular square much healthier, cutting the sugar and butter by half, and of course, it is vegan too. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. You won’t be able to stop at just one. Or three!

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Adapted from Food.com.

Ingredients:

For Oat Base:

  • 1.5 cups regular oats
  • 1 cup whole-grain Kamut flour (or mix of white and whole wheat)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 cup Sucanat sugar (or brown sugar)
  • 1 chia egg (1 tbsp chia seeds+ 4 tbsp warm water, mixed)
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp Earth Balance, melted
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp almond milk
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds (for topping only)

 

For Strawberry chia seed Jam:

Ingredients:

  • 2 & 1/4 cups chopped strawberries, finely chopped into 1/4 inch pieces OR approx 1 cup pre-made jam
  • 3-4 tbsp sugar, to taste (liquid or dry sweeteners will work)
  • 1-2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

 

Directions: Preheat oven to 350F. Line a square pan (I used a 9×9) with parchment paper and oil the sides of the pan and base.

For the jam: In a medium sized pot, add the chopped strawberries and sugar. Heat over medium until the strawberries begin to sweat and it gets a bit watery. Once it cooks down a bit, add in the chia seeds, and stir well. Bring to a low boil and then simmer over low to medium heat for at least 10-15 minutes. Once it has thickened a bit, remove from heat and cool for 15 mins (you can pop it in the fridge or freezer to cool quicker). I like to add the mixture to a mini food processor and process it until mostly smooth.

In a small bowl, mix the chia or flax egg and set aside. In a large bowl, mix the oat base dry ingredients: oats, flour, Sucanat/brown sugar, baking soda, salt. In a small bowl, mix the melted earth balance, maple syrup, almond milk, and chia egg. Stir well. Add the wet mixture to the dry and mix well, using hands if necessary. Set aside 1/2 cup of the dough for the topping. Pour the oat mixture onto the square pan and press down with fingers. Use a pastry roller to smooth out if desired. Pour on strawberry mixture and smooth out. Now sprinkle on the reserved 1/2 cup oat mixture and sprinkle on. Now sprinkle on 1 tbsp of sesame seeds or coconut. Bake at 350F for approximately 30 minutes. Allow to fully cool for at least 30-40 minutes before gently removing from pan. Slice and then store in a container in the fridge to keep firm.

In my first attempt at making the strawberry ‘jam’ I added in a tablespoon of cornstarch after about 10 minutes of cooking. I was left with clumpy white bits of cornstarch throughout. Flop #1. I think I should have thinned it out with a bit of water first.

Second batch:

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For the second batch of jam, I thickened it up with chia seeds! Arrowroot powder might work well too.

Spread your delicious crumbly mixture into the pan:

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Roll it out if you are obsessed with your Dollarstore pastry roller like I am.

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Mmmm. Smooth and lovely.

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Spread on your cooled jam:

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crumble on the oat mixture that you set aside…

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Sprinkle on sesame seeds or coconut to make it really pop.

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Bake for about 30 minutes at 350F.

That’s what I’m talking about.

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Slice into 16 squares.

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or you can make bars and wrap them up for lunch!

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You will not be able to eat just one. Three if you are lucky. I had to shove these into the freezer asap. ;)

They are delicious.

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I’m thinking you could have a lot of fun with this recipe. More fun than should be legal perhaps. You could try making blueberry, raspberry, or even peach jam! I am getting excited just thinking about the possibilities…

Update: A comment below suggested making these with pumpkin butter! That would be wickedly delicious and seasonally appropriate to boot.

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1 Heather (Heather's Dish) October 18, 2010

you have so much self-control – i don’t know if mine would have made it to the freezer! yum!

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2 Teresa @ Teresa Tastes & Travels October 18, 2010

These loook delicious! Do you suppose they’d come out okay with all whole wheat flour?

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3 Lily @ Lily's Health Pad October 18, 2010

Why haven’t you been using whole wheat pastry flour lately?

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4 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 18, 2010

No reason, I just go through flour phases ;)

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5 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 18, 2010

hmm not sure. I think all w/w might make them a bit dry, but im not sure.

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6 Katharine in Brussels September 20, 2014

Hi Teresa, if you mean by using all whole wheat flour for the flour measure, then I’m pleased to report that it does work! I just taste-tested a square and it’s lovely, nice and nutty. Hope this helps :)

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7 Katharine in Brussels September 24, 2014

*Grin* I have batch #2 in the oven now, made with WW regular (non-pastry) flour for the flour measure again and it’s going to be lovely. This time the homemade jam is blueberry, but I ran out of chia for the second tablespoon of chia, so I added freshly ground flax seeds, milled in my coffee grinder very finely. It tastes good, but I would hesitate to recommend ground flax for jam to be served on its own as it retains the ground flax texture and has a slightly nutty taste. It will be unnoticeable though sandwiched between bites of breakbast bar. Thanks so much, Angela!

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8 Kristina @ spabettie October 18, 2010

these are BEAUTIFUL !! I am so glad I like strawberries again…

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9 Melissa October 18, 2010

I loved Strawberry Nutrigrain bars pre-vegan, too… These look like a delectable substitute and I can’t wait to make them! You’ve got my vote for Foodbuzz… I’m so glad you got your entry in!

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10 Bethany @ More Fruit Please October 18, 2010

Gah, technology – you can never count on it! Glad you met your deadline! The strawberry bars look delicious! I have to use the freezer trick on a lot of my baked goods too. That way I can pull out just one (alright, fine – I pull out more like three or four) at a time to snack on.

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11 Lily @ Lily's Health Pad October 18, 2010

These are like Nutri-grain bars! But natural and healthier! I think cherries or peaches sound like bar-worthy fruits!

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12 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is October 18, 2010

I love these because they are made with strawberry! I am not a huge fan of grape.

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13 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) October 18, 2010

I made fig bars much like these awhile back but never perfected the recipe–I guess I don’t need to anymore :). Thanks for saving me the work haha. I WANT that pastry roller! Oh my goodness. I would roll everything with that.

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14 Jessie October 18, 2010

These look delicious. I can’t wait to give them a try!!

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15 Caitlin October 18, 2010

these look delicious–nom nom nom!

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16 Megan @ Healthy Hoggin' October 18, 2010

Oh my gosh, I’d be so stressed about getting your post published in time, too! That’s happened to me before with work files that I needed to email… so stressful! Glad it all worked out okay!

And those strawberry oat squares look like they’d make ANYTHING better!! :)

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17 Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun October 18, 2010

I HATE when things like that happen. And they always happen at the most stressful times, don’t they? I’m so glad you got it published. You deserve to keep on going all the way through.

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18 Shanna October 18, 2010

Glad you beat the deadline! I’ve been dealing with my own tech issues all morning and I’m frustrated as can be!

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19 Freya October 18, 2010

Ooh they sound delicious and they LOOk delicious! So bright! I love it :)

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20 Holly @ couchpotatoathlete October 18, 2010

Oh geeze, I have all these ingredients at home, I guess I will have to make these!

Angela your foodbuzz post looks great — sorry to hear about tech problems, those are the worst!!!

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21 Ashley M. [at] (never home)maker October 18, 2010

I love that little pastry roller, too! We have a big party we’re throwing this weekend, and I’ve been looking for a healthy dessert to serve. I definitely am putting this one in the running. Or maybe just a huge bowl of the ganache!

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22 Maria @ Oh Healthy Day October 18, 2010

These remind me of Nutrigrain bars, you know, except the additives and preservatives. Super yummy looking!

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23 Therese October 18, 2010

Oh Angela, I love you…

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24 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 18, 2010

and I, you!

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25 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat October 18, 2010

ooooh my. i may have to set those as my desktop background at work!!! they look delicious! that’s such a great idea to use chia seeds as a jam thickener. i’d never thought of it but it must really boost the nutrition too. :D i like it!

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26 Kate @ Walking in the Rain October 18, 2010

I loved nutrigrain bars when I was younger. These look more delicious and wholesome.

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27 erica October 18, 2010

omg. i’m such a sucker for anything strawberry related! that looks to die for!

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28 Mandy October 18, 2010

1/2 what of sucanat? I’m thinking 1/2 cup..but i just want to be sure :)

These look delicious btw. Going on my list of things to bake.

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29 Ashley October 18, 2010

These are GORGeous!!!!! Not to mention they sound outstanding. The cornstarch or arrowroot would work, but you have to whisk it with a little water and then add to the mix, which avoids the gross clumps! :)

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30 Laurab @ foodsnobstl October 18, 2010

Oh gosh, I definitely would of flipped out. I don’t stay calm under pressure. these look delicious, as does your vegan pizza. You have my vote!

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31 jenna October 18, 2010

oh my goshhhhhhhhh!! these look so good!!!! :) i’m starving for them now!

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32 jenna October 18, 2010

p.s. what do you do with all this food you make?

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33 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 18, 2010

I eat ALL of it. No one else. haha

jk…I share. Sometimes.

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34 Charlie October 18, 2010

When I was in elementary school, they gave us nutri-grain bars often as an afternoon snack. And I HATED them. I’ve never had the courage to try one again.

But these look incredible ;).

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35 lisasfoods October 18, 2010

1. I think you should make pumpkin oat squares, using your pumpkin butter. What could be more perfect this time of year?

2. That pastry roller is absolutely adorable.

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36 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 18, 2010

great idea!

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37 Lizzie October 18, 2010

In my job it’s BACK UP BACK UP BACK UP and SAVE SAVE SAVE, so I feel your pain with the tech issue.

Also . .. I got my kitchen back – 5 weeks after it was supposed to be finished. But it is finished nonetheless and now I can backtrack through all your posts and start tasting! :) Possibly with the above recipe. Reminds me of my mum’s raspberry coconut slice.

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38 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 18, 2010

So glad your kitchen is ready to roll!

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39 Lizzie October 18, 2010

Thanks lady!

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40 Jodie October 18, 2010

Yummy yum yum I am drooling again. Your recipes tend to do that. :) I will try this recipe this weekend. I think I may try with guava jelly.

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41 Sonja October 18, 2010

OMG, you are amazing! Every recipe you come up with looks so delicious.
You totally have my vote for the project foodblog. And i´m spreading the word here in Germany to have all of my friends vote for you!

P.S.: I will make the vegan pizza tomorrow!

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42 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 18, 2010

Thank you! Every vote helps.
I hope you enjoy the vegan pizza…I already cant wait to make it again!

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43 Claire (Low Impact Fashionista) October 18, 2010

Love the vibrant color of these bars! They look and sound delicious.

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44 traci October 18, 2010

Looks Yummy!

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45 Jo @JAGSfitnessblog.com October 18, 2010

Wow, these look amazing! So glad you got your entry in on time :)

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46 Mary @ Bites and Bliss October 18, 2010

I LOVE jam bars!! And it’s even better these are made with homemade jam. Yumm yum!

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47 Jenny October 18, 2010

OH my gosh, I have to try this ASAP!

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48 Emily October 18, 2010

Yummm!! These look awesome, sooo summery though, you have me seasonally conflicted (I know you can appreciate the psych humor). I think apple or pumpkin would be fun for fall…or maybe even cranberry!

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49 Camille October 18, 2010

Oh my gosh, that is so scary!
I probably would have started crying :/

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50 Amanda October 18, 2010

Just came across your blog from Meesh (Michelle). Those bars look excellent!

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51 Leah @ Why Deprive? October 18, 2010

These look incredible!!

Im always so worried about my internet going down. When my blackberry doesnt have a signal I dont know what to do with myself.

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52 Alayna @ Thyme Bombe October 18, 2010

Those look insane! I think I’ll try making them with apples.

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53 Tiffany @ Eat, Run, Write, Love October 18, 2010

Oh my! Those look great!
Good advice about not putting too much faith in technology too! :)

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54 Hope October 18, 2010

Holy moly that sounds like a close call! Glad you made the deadline!!

These look so good! mmmm I bet they would be amazing with blueberry jam! Love the colour of them!

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55 Annie@stronghealthyfit October 18, 2010

Those look delicious! How do you shop for your baking ingredients/ things like oats, nuts, etc? Do you buy in bulk ?

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56 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 18, 2010

with the bakery I purchase everything from a wholesaler so I can get stuff really cheap. I purchase by the 50 pound bag for nuts, grains, etc! Bulk all the way.
before the bakery I would buy a lot online in bulk and at bulk food stores.

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57 claire October 18, 2010

This makes me want a pastry roller, just so I can make these! Yum, strawberry jam is my favorite!

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58 stacey-healthylife October 18, 2010

Those look good. I love the crust.

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59 carol October 18, 2010

These look gorgeous and I’m sure they taste amazing too!!!

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60 Cynthia October 18, 2010

I would not have handled that situation as calmly. I probably would have been using some very colorful language. :)

Those bars look amazing. I have got to try them!

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61 Laura October 18, 2010

These look wonderful! I like the idea of the pumpkin ones too…

On a completely unrelated subject, what’s your favorite frozen banana soft serve recipe? I’ve been curious…

My husband will love your pizza too. He’s not vegan at all, but rather than lactose intolerant, I think he’s completely lactose revoltant! And, I have a freezer full of pesto from the basil he grew this summer.

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62 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 18, 2010

Fav BSS recipe…hrmm. Like picking between fav VOO recipes!

I would have to say either classic 1 tbsp peanut butter BSS with frozen cherries

OR

carob peanut butter (1-2 tbsp carob powder + 1 tbsp PB)

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63 Allie October 18, 2010

I can’t keep up with all the delicious recipes! I want to make them all :-). Keep em coming, I love attempting your recipes for my blog lol ;-)

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64 rebecca lustig October 18, 2010

you blow me away with your recipes. you are just a creative genius. that pizza? phenomenal!

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65 Andrea October 18, 2010

I’ve said it before, but you are a kitchen genius! Beautiful.

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66 Lisa (bakebikeblog) October 18, 2010

OH MY – how delightful! These are definitely going on my ‘to make’ list!!!

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67 Liz @ Tip Top Shape October 18, 2010

Oooh, I was wincing when I was reading that story about yoru posting your entry for the contest! I learned from experience (several experiences, actually) that when you actually need technology to comply it never, ever will. I’m glad you were able to make it work, though!!

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68 Gina October 18, 2010

Your blog makes me so happy. You are so creative and think of wonderful recipes. I can’t wait to go home to my nice, big kitchen (I currently live in a dorm) and try some of these out.

You’ve come such a long way, you should be so very proud of yourself :)

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69 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 18, 2010

Thank you :)

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70 Lauren October 18, 2010

MMMM, these look delicious!!! :) I want ;)

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71 Laura October 18, 2010

This looks wonderful!

Unrelated question- I’m a new runner (just signed up for my first 5K!) and am looking into the various Garmin products to better time my runs. Is there a particular model that you recommend? (I recall you using a Garmin – but if not, I’m open to any suggestions!)

Thank you for all the inspiration…

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72 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 18, 2010

I use the Garmin 305 and I love, love, love it. I got it at Costco so it was cheaper than in other stores and online.

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73 Errign October 19, 2010

I saw Garmins on Amazon for 144 USD$ – is this a good price?

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74 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 19, 2010

I think mine was $165 canadian so that seems about right

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75 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) October 18, 2010

“I wouldn’t call myself a procrastinator in most areas of my life, with the exception of a few things such as business taxes, receipt entering, and organizing my Recipes page.”–

You pay those? Business taxes? KIDDING…hah!
Nothing quite as bad as paying taxes, organizing recipes pages, going to the dentist, moving (packing or home renovation projects. And I think you have all of the above in recent memory.

Seriously…the recipe looks delish. The dollarstore roller, omg I covet that, badly.

The faith in technology…I cannot tell you how many times I have had something truly time critical to do..and that’s the moment my tech fails, my computer freezes, it’s like murhpy’s law. Glad you got it in…under the wire. I am an anal to a fault & i woulda had a heart attack!

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76 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 18, 2010

lol I think I am going to submit sunday at 5am just to be sure!

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77 Anne October 18, 2010

I know you were going for healthy, but if you’re making jam that’s not enough sugar to get it to jell up. If you’re not using pectin you need somewhere between 1:1 fruit and sugar (I usually go by weight). You can cut that to 3/4 sugar to one part jam but anything less and you likely need to add pectin. Or you can mix fruits with higher pectin to get it to jell. Sour apples are a good choice to add (a little bulk, a lot of pectin). Or pick a berry with higher pectin (blackberries are a good one). Strawberries, even with full sugar, is a tough one.

Oh, and I know that’s not why all people make low-sugar and/or sugar-free jam… but full fruit spreads (made with no sugar) often have more calories than jam itself. I prefer locally grown (backyard usually) fruit with sugar. Yes, I made way too much this summer, but people seem to enjoy them as gifts.

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78 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 18, 2010

I wasn’t going for traditional jam in the case of these squares, so I found that what I made was a great consistency for the bar in this square. Had I been making it for another purpose, such as a spread on toast, I would have used a different, more traditional recipe. :)

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79 Nicole (Picky Nicky) October 18, 2010

Oohh that does look good! I think the sesame seeds look really cute on top

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80 Wei-Wei October 18, 2010

Wow, that was close… I would have died if you didn’t submit it, because you’re such an excellent contestant! Anyway, these bars look amazing. Bars + jam = loove. I wonder if you could replace some of the butter in the base with peanut butter? PB/J :)

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81 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 18, 2010

mmm great idea! Wow that would be amazing actually PB + jam!

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82 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 18, 2010

I loved Nutri-grain bars when I was younger. Actually, I still do! :D

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83 Lisa October 18, 2010

Another masterpeice. Seriously, come out with a cookbook. I would buy it the moment it hit the shelves!

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84 Moni'sMeals October 18, 2010

You go Angela! WOWOWOW! I have a very similar recipe to this, but NO WHERE close to the pics my lady!
Maybe some non-dairy whipped cream and non-dairy vanilla bean ice cream to go with and done and done.

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85 Moni'sMeals October 18, 2010

Also, glad you made the cut with the Food Blog #5, close call.
I am glad you showed us that roller too, I need one of those. hehe.

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86 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 18, 2010

yes I would agree about the non dairy ice cream.

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87 Dawn October 18, 2010

Oh, those pictures looked so real on my computer, I swear I could smell them! They look so tasty!!
Also, just had to say thanks again for blogging about your half marathon last year. That’s part of the reason I decided to do my first one – which was yesterday! I blogged all about how it went for me, and hopefully, like you, I will inspire someone else to give it a try.
You rock!!
Dawn :)

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88 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 18, 2010

Congrats on your first half marathon! :) How did it feel?

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89 Dawn October 18, 2010

Thanks! It felt amazing, I accomplished something that a year ago, I never ever dreamed of! It was a perfect day. :) Can’t wait for the next one!

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90 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 18, 2010

That is so exciting. :) What a huge accomplishment!
I felt like I was going to die in parts of my half marys..hehe…in a good way though!

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91 Katy @ a shot of life October 18, 2010

Wow those look awesome! Btw I made a quickie version of your pizza tonight and it ROCKED! The boys had their own pizza for during NFL but they were absolutely drooling over the one I made :) You have my vote!

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92 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 18, 2010

wow that is awesome!

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93 Lauren October 18, 2010

There is no way I would ever consider making my own jam for this recipe. You are such a domestic goddess! :)

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94 Errign October 18, 2010

Could I substitute spelt flour in these, do you think? Also, what would be the portions for a flax egg?

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95 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 18, 2010

I’m sure spelt could work. The rule of thumb for subbing in spelt is reduce the amount of water by 25%. Not sure how crucial this would be in this recipe since it only calls for 2 tbsp almond milk anyways. Im sure it would be fine!

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96 Errign October 24, 2010

I just made these – with spelt flour and a flax egg. I added chopped hazelnuts & subbed in raspberry pomegranate preserves – they’re not as pretty as yours but there’s a photo on my latest post. Thanks for the recipe – they taste amazing.

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97 Bridget October 18, 2010

That is some of the brightest jam I’ve seen! Such a work of art :)

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98 Jennifer October 18, 2010

Did you use ground chia or whole chia seeds in the jam?

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99 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 18, 2010

whole chia seeds :)

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100 Jessica October 18, 2010

I have a batch in the oven right now…I halved the recipe in case of disaster. I am a vegan baking virgin. Thanks for the awesome recipe!

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101 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 18, 2010

I hope you like them!

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102 Erika @ Food.Fitness.Fun October 18, 2010

I hate when my computer fails on me. It happened TWICE last week: once with school work and once with a blog post. I just need to get into the habit of pressing “SAVE” every 30 seconds. ;-)

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103 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 18, 2010

I compulsively hit save when I type of blog posts after losing a few before

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104 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey October 18, 2010

I love the idea of thickening upthe jam with chia seeds! Genius!

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105 Cara Craves... October 18, 2010

That’s one beautifully delicious idea!

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106 Helen October 18, 2010

Those look absolutely delish! I would have to have someone by me to take them out of the house, lol! I love oat bars…must put these on my list!

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107 Christina October 18, 2010

Those look absolutely amazing! I’d love to try to make them but I have a question. How would you suggest wrapping them up for lunches without having all the jam stick to saran wrap?

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108 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 18, 2010

I would use parchment on the interior followed by saran or tin foil on the exterior :)

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109 Christina October 19, 2010

Great! I’m going to try them out some time soon! Thanks!

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110 Rachael October 18, 2010

A belated congrats on rocking Project Food Blog thus far!
I think I’d like to recreate this recipe with my afterschool program kids; the snacks they’re served tend to be chemically-laden variations on Nutrigrain bars, and these would be a fun, hands-on way to get a little more nutrition in them!

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111 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 18, 2010

Just an FYI- Eric just had one and he said they tasted like nutrigrain bars! Score :)

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112 Jessica @ The Process of Healing October 18, 2010

HOLY yum Angela!! Now I know why Caitlin said she was craving them now..

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113 Noelle October 18, 2010

Dang girl! You need to STOP making desserts. LOL
BTW, I made your upside down pear cake today for company and everyone raved. My hubby could not believe it die not have butter! :)

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114 Erin October 18, 2010

Looks delish! This is another I have to try!

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115 Maddie October 18, 2010

Yum! Those look so good! I am going to try making them some time soon along with that amazing vegan pizza you made.
By the way, your photography is beautiful as always :D

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116 Sara October 18, 2010

I have a potluck tomorrow, so I decided it would be the perfect opportunity to make these bars, since they look so amazing. I used all whole wheat flour since I didn’t have any white flour, and I used agave instead of maple syrup because that was all I had. I also didn’t have any parchment paper so I greased the heck out of an aluminum baking tray and then pushed the whole thing out when they had cooled for 40 minutes. They turned out gooey and deliciously amazing. I almost don’t want to bring them to share because I want them all for myself! Thanks!

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117 Alexia @ Dimple Snatcher October 18, 2010

so glad everything worked out!
i’ve totally been there.
:)

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118 maya @ finding balance in tokyo October 19, 2010

Yum! Those look amazing. I used to make something similar with a frozen raspberry or apricot-fig filling, but it’s been ages since the last time I baked up a batch.

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119 Meagan October 19, 2010

Those look really good! I’m definitely saving this recipe to use in the future!

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120 Heidi - Apples Under My Bed October 19, 2010

This looks so beautiful! All the possibilities are getting me excited too! Yum :) Beautiful pics too.
Heidi xo

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121 Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes October 19, 2010

These look delicious just like all of your recipes!

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122 LizLivingVegan October 19, 2010

That looks SO delicious! And the pictures are amazing. I bet these WOULD be good with pumpkin butter! yummy!

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123 Jackie October 19, 2010

Hey Angela,
I am a huge fan of your website. I just found it a couple of months ago and I have been reading the old posts starting from the beginning. I’m still on 5-18-2009 but I will get there hahaha . I keep up with the new posts too. ( I know I’m a huge creeper lol) Anyway all of your recipes look wonderful but I have a wheat intolerance and was wondering if you knew what kind of flour I could use instead of wheat/white /kamut (which I think has wheat in it). I just recently found out about these food intolerance’s which include wheat, soy, egg, corn, and dairy. It’s actually been a blessing in disguise because I have been eating 10,000x healthier and I have not binged in 2 months!!! I used to have a problem with binge eating and I think that is why I can relate to this website so much. Everything you post is so positive and inspiring and proves that healthy cooking can be delicious. Keep up the good work. But back to my question… do you have any suggestions?
Thanks!!! Have a wonderful day :)
-Jackie

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124 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 19, 2010

Thank you for your kind words! That is so cute you are reading old entries. I’d be scared at what I might find…haha. jk
I am afraid that I don’t know much about wheat free baking. I have heard that the Bob’s Red Mill gluten free all purpose baking flours work well as subs for many things.

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125 Terese October 19, 2010

Hi angela,
I love the idea of this recipie. Had a question, not such a fan of strawberry jam but thinking about apple (since i have quite a few laying around) would you add sugar to those two. Also i know you said you used a 9×9 pan..about how many bars did that yeild. I mean 9×9 isn’t huge but might be enough for my purposes

love the blog
thanks
Terese

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126 Dana October 19, 2010

Yummers Angela! I made these last night as soon as I got home & they are fantastic – just sweet enough and now I am eating one of them at work! Perfect recipe and I love it with Kamut – my fav flour! EXCELLENT recipe!

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127 Lindsay October 19, 2010

I needed to make something for a party tonight, and I “standard kitchen”-ized this… I guess real butter and egg and milk made more liquid than yours or half and half white&wheat flours and brown sugar absorbed it differently, but I had to had 3 more handfuls of oats to get any sort of crumbly texture. Also, totally spaced out and added baking soda instead of powder…so I just did both soda and powder, it made for a more fluffy base. And then for the crumbly top, I stirred in a quarter cup of almond butter, and sprinkled the whole deal with coconut. and I had to bake it longer too, ANYWOO, changed a lot, just wanted to tell you thanks for the inspiration and they turned out amazing…kinda like coffee cake!

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128 Shauna October 20, 2010

Same! I used real butter, egg, and milk and it wasn’t at all crumbly. I added a couple handfuls of oats but didn’t want to mess with it too much, so I’ve got something baking in the oven that’s more liquidy than granola bar-y. It’ll probably still be delicious… even if I end up eating it with a spoon! ;)

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129 May Cookie Co. October 19, 2010

Beautiful photos and a truly wholesome treat. I’m sure they taste as great as they look!

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130 Jenn October 20, 2010

Hi Angela – I tried making these last night with brown rice flour and pumpkin butter, as it was all I had on hand. But they completely fell apart. They looked so cute in the pan, but they were more like a crumble then a square. Although they still taste delicious, it makes it a little hard to pack up for work….would the brown rice flour have cause them not to bind together? Any suggestions?

Thanks!

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131 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 20, 2010

My guess is that it was the rice flour. I didn’t have any crumbly problems. I know brown rice flour can be a bit tempermental at times…
Goodluck if you try another batch! They are so tasty :)

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132 Jai October 21, 2010

Angela,
I tried making the oat squares and they turned out well, but I was wondering if your oat crust was crunchy or soft and chewy? I didn’t have a 9X9 pan so I used an 8X8 Pyrex glass dish so maybe that is why my oat crust came out soft and chewy. Still delicious though, keep the recipes coming!!! :)

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133 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 21, 2010

They weren’t crunchy, but they weren’t that soft either, I would say inbetween. You could try baking them a bit longer, perhaps?

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134 Jennifer October 22, 2010

I made a lot of substitution and my base came out a lot wetter than yours which made it hard to spread the jam and the topping wouldn’t crumble and the jam all sank to the bottom and OH MY GOD IT WAS SO DELICIOUS. :]

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135 KimC October 24, 2010

Just had to tell you I made these last week when you first posted them. Pictures were so great, and I had all ingredients on hand, so couldn’t resist. My husband polished them off last night (I only really got one bite of whole batch) and asked this morning if I could “pretty please” make some more, which I just did. Great recipe, have made both times as written, but look forward to trying variations in future too. Thanks for this and other great food ideas and inspiration.

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136 Charlotte October 26, 2010

oh dear i finally made these and actually followed your advice and SHOVED them in the freezer after three bars; who knows where i would be if i hadn’t?

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137 Amber April 17, 2012

My husband just made these using Waldoblackberry jam and I ate 3 in a row, these are SO SO SO good!!!!!! OH MY :)
Thank you for the recipe :)

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138 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 18, 2012

haha glad to hear that!

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139 Rebecca May 4, 2012

Hi,

I’m not sure if I’ve commented elsewhere but would you ever consider doing a recipe for a whole jar of homemade jam using little or no sugar and chia seeds as the thickening agent? I am intrigued by the use of chia seeds and would love to make my own jam- but I am not quite talented enough yet to try it on my own haha nor am I patient enough!

Thanks

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140 Angela (Oh She Glows) May 5, 2012

Great idea! :)

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141 Charlotte June 6, 2012

I just made these with my 8yr old daughter. She took care of all of the dry/wet mixture while I prepared the strawberries and greased the pan. It went great and now the smell is filling my house!
THX!!

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142 Angela (Oh She Glows) June 6, 2012

aw that’s cute! Hope you enjoy them

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143 Sara June 26, 2012

Hi Angela, I just saw this recipe after you posted the Magical Blueberry Vanilla Chia Seed Jam. I’m going on a trip this weekend and would like to make these to bring along for a quick airplane breakfast. Though I wanted to know if there is a way to substitute the sugar in the jam with maybe brown rice syrup or maple syrup? I usually try to put as little sugar as possible in my recipes and if I do I make sure it’s a natural source, I’m just not sure the jam would come out the same. What do you think?
PS. I’ve tried a few of your other recipes and they’re wonderful!!! Thanks!

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144 Angela (Oh She Glows) June 27, 2012

Yes for sure, please see my blueberry chia seed jam post from June 26th. I used maple syrup instead of cane sugar. Enjoy!

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145 Cindy Proctor June 27, 2012

Do you think I could sub the Kamut Flour for an all purpose GF flour? Or even quinoa flour?

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146 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 6, 2012

I cant see why not :)

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147 Maddy June 28, 2012

Hi Angela! I was just wondering if you had any suggestions on making these gluten free? Would oat flour or almond flour or an all purpose GF mix be best? Thanks!

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148 Chanelle July 6, 2012

These are amazing! I’ve made them a couple times now, and here’s the tweaks I use: For the oat base, I use a mix of spelt and whole wheat pastry flours. I also add in some TVP granules to up the protein a little. I also mix in about 1/4C teff. To the strawberry jam, I add just a touch (about 1/2-1 tsp) of balsamic vinegar. This makes the strawberry taste REALLY pop. If you use white balsamic, it also keeps the strawberries more of that beautiful bright red. Just mix it in at the same time you add the chia seeds. For the topping, instead of sesame, I sprinkle on some amaranth seeds. I absolutely adore the flavor of toasted amaranth :D

This is such a versatile recipe, a real gem! Thank you for harin it with us, Angela (you’re a hero in our household)

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149 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 6, 2012

Hey Chanelle, Thank you for your kind words! You are so sweet. I love the subs you made in this recipe….so unique! I never would have thought to put in balsamic but I can see how that would be amazing! I can’t wait to try this out.

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150 michelle August 2, 2012

I made your strawberry chia jam tonight and it turned out great! What a great way to use up berries.

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151 Melissa August 13, 2012

I recently came across your website while searching for jam recipes. I started a business making low sugar jams and jellies, and this just sounds DELICIOUS. So I am going to make them with OmNomNom Jam! I am crediting your recipe on our facebook page =) Thank you for the delicious idea!

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152 Karissa August 21, 2012

Just tried making this, but subsituted a gluten free flour mix since I can’t have wheat. The oat mixture wasn’t crumbly, rather was kind of runny. Its in the oven now, so I don’t know how its going to turn out, but curious if you have any remedies? Just add more flour to get the desired consistency? Also, is the Earth Balance supposed to be the buttery sticks or the shortening sticks? I used the buttery sticks. Thanks!

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153 Jimmy September 3, 2012

Please save some of this for me! The homemade jam most make it taste fantastic.

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154 Rose September 4, 2012

THANK YOU!!! My entire family has been enjoying your recipe since you first posted it. I make it three times a week to ensure I can at least get a small sliver for breakfast every morning. Have tried your jam recipe with blueberries and peaches as well and they were delicious. My only change out was using coconut oil instead of Earth Balance. I also added grated lemon peel into the oat mixture. DELICIOUS!!!!

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155 Angela (Oh She Glows) September 4, 2012

I’m so glad to hear that Rose!

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156 Caitlin September 5, 2012

Made these today and just finished my first square. These are amazing!! The jam smelled So GOOD while cooking. I was a bit worried because I was using an 8 x 8 dish and my mixture seemed a bit more wet than yours (I couldn’t sprinkle the 1/2 cup of oats on top, they kind of “glopped” on), so I cooked it an extra 5 minutes and it seemed to have worked!

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157 Jennifer Kemp October 28, 2012

Has anyone tried making these with frozen strawberries? Do they turn out as well as they do with fresh strawberries?

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158 Jennifer Kemp December 11, 2012

Someone may have already asked this question, but will these squares work with frozen strawberries? I love love love this recipe, but good quality strawberries are hard to find in the winter.

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159 Jennifer Kemp December 11, 2012

Hmm, it turns out I’ve already asked this question…sorry for the repetitiveness. I completely forgot that I asked you this in October.

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160 Rachel January 2, 2013

I just made these & they turned out terrific! They look beautiful and taste delicious. Definitely hit the spot without being too sweet. I subbed coconut oil for the Earth Balance. And I used a bag of organic frozen strawberries instead of fresh (it’s winter right now so no fresh available) to make the jam and it turned out well. Thanks for sharing his recipe! I’m going to try it next time making peach-ginger jam… Yum :)

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161 Britney A. Kreiner January 4, 2013

I just made these with my grandmother this evening as an impromptu dessert. We used a 9×9 pan as well, and it turned out a little bit too thick and soft for a bar–more cake-like and requiring a fork. We ate them fresh out of the oven and they were delicious, though my sweet-toothed grandfather was wishing for a scoop of ice cream on his. I think that with a little tweaking this will be my new go-to breakfast food. I’m thinking that the Earth Balance may be able to be replaced with apple sauce; I’ll have to play around with it. Apple butter, blackberry, and raspberry are all fillings I am looking forward to experimenting with. And I keep imagining it with banana slices and a chocolate drizzle…Yum!

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162 Kristen February 18, 2013

Has anyone tried making this with less sugar? I am trying to find good snacks for my 2 year old son, but am trying not to make them very sugary.

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163 Kristen March 4, 2013

Yum! I made these for the first time today and they were good. I didn’t have brown or even white sugar, so I just left that out completely. The recipe was plenty sweet without it. In fact, I still thought it was too sweet, and that was likely because I used pre-made jam rather than the recipe you posted. I used oat flour and the consistency seemed ok. The base was too wet, so I think next time I will go lighter on the Earth Balance; I tasted too much of that in the end result anyway. I’m not complaining; the end result was delicious, but as an afternoon snack, I think it needs to be a little less sweet for my son.

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164 Emily September 24, 2014

Kristen – I know this is an old comment, but just wanted to say a big thank you for posting up the results of the sugar free version – it gave me the courage to try it! I also wanted to make them less sugary for my toddler and it was a huge hit for mum and bub alike :) I added an extra 1/2 cup of oats in place of the sugar, used coconut oil instead of earth balance and reduced to 1/3 cup based on your comments. I also used spelt flour and halved the salt. Texture was perfect and taste amazing! I don’t have a huge sweet tooth, so it was perfect for me. Big thank you to Angela for posting this incredible recipe. I cannot believe how something so healthy can taste so freaking good!

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165 Shannon March 21, 2013

Came across the blueberry jam recipe last year and want to make these this year with my freshly picked strawberries. Has anyone had luck using a gluten free flour? I’m not strictly GF but I like to try it with some recipes (when appropriate). Thanks!

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166 Jessica April 9, 2013

Just a question: when you say “Add the wet mixture (reserving 1/2 cup of the mixture) to the dry and mix well” what are we supposed to be reserving 1/2 cup of? I’ve actually made these twice now, and they’ve been amazing both times, but I’m still don’t think I’m doing it right..

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167 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 9, 2013

Hey Jessica,

It just means to set aside 1/2 cup of the dough to use as the crumbled topping. Does that make sense? I changed it to read “Add the wet mixture to the dry and mix well, using hands if necessary. Set aside 1/2 cup of the dough for the topping. etc…” Hope this helps and thanks for pointing this out!

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168 Kristy April 18, 2013

You say “Earth Balance” in the list of ingredients, but which product? Shortening? Spread?

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169 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 18, 2013

It’s the spread (I used soy-free) in the tub. enjoy!

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170 Vikki April 20, 2013

What can I use instead of the earth balance butter I don’t use it but I would love to make these? Thank you in advance I love your website!

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171 Angela (Oh She Glows) April 21, 2013

Hi Vikki, Coconut oil should work but I havent tried it yet myself. Goodluck if you try it!

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172 Holly May 4, 2013

Thanks for the fabulous recipe Angela! I just made these and they are delicious! I have one question though, they are a bit more wet then I was expecting.

Should I just add more flour?

Thanks!

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173 Holly May 4, 2013

Or maybe less butter?

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174 Angela (Oh She Glows) May 5, 2013

Hey Holly, Yes the dough is very wet for this recipe – that is normal and should still turn out fine. I would like to work on the oat base recipe though – perhaps a crunchier version next time! enjoy :)

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175 Holly May 5, 2013

Hi Angela!

I think it was because I was too greedy and tried one right after I cut them teehee but when I stored them in the fridge and ate one, it set up just fine!

And was delish! Thanks again for the wonderful recipe!

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176 Angela (Oh She Glows) May 6, 2013

hah glad to hear that! And who can wait until they cool anyway? Seems like some superhuman strength is required for that.

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177 Alissa May 6, 2013

What other gluten-free flour could you use in place of the kamut flour? I haven’t been able to find any locally. Would oat flour work???

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178 Angela (Oh She Glows) May 6, 2013

I’m not sure about oat flour – possibly! All purpose or probably whole wheat pastry flour would work since kamut tends to be a good swap for all purpose. good luck!

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179 Donna June 29, 2013

These look stellar…Question…do you find this too decadent/extravagant for a weekend branchy/breakfast?!….

I am a new follower of your fabulous blog….and the chia seed jam technique is THE BEST “staple” recipe I encourage EVERYONE to try…

I have a quick question….could psyllium flakes be used as a thickener if one finds chia difficult to find at certain times?…France is quite “new” to chia as an ingredient!

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180 Heidi June 30, 2013

These bars are nothing short of fantastic. I made them this morning with homemade apricot blueberry jam. Angela- you are a vegan genius. I make a lot of your recipes and have yet to find one that I don’t like. Thank you for all of your hard work :)

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181 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 1, 2013

Thank you Heidi, I appreciate it!

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182 Marleen July 11, 2013

Hi Angela,

Ohh this recipe is really amazing. Loved it (not just me ;) and hád to share it on my blog http://www.sharelovenotsecrets.com/kitchen-secrets/strawberry-oat-bars-with-homemade-jam/

Thanks for the inspiration on your wonderful website!!!

Share Love,
Marleen

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183 Shiya July 23, 2013

Today I tried your recipe as I had leftover homemade strawberry compote. I was worried at first for the oat mixture was of a gooey texture rather than a crumble mixture. Perhaps I didn’t let the melted butter cool down enough before adding all the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. But after baking it and letting it cool down, I cut a piece and became ecstatic to find it crumbly and soft with a bit of tartness from the strawberries and slight sweetness to the dark chocolate. I couldn’t help but add some melted dark chocolate for guilty pleasure. I will definitely use this recipe in the future!

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184 Katie August 10, 2013

I just found your webpage and made these today!! They turned out great!! So delicious, thank you so much for the recipe :)

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185 Franzi August 15, 2013

Dear Angela,

I am pulling my 1st batch of oat squares out of the oven as we speak. They smell amazing , they look amazing and I can not wait to taste them!

I made a batch of blueberry – raspberry – jam last night and can not believe how simple it is. I love that it only contains the fruit, chia seeds and maple sirup. It tastes great with greek yogurt ;). Thank you! Also I used homemade ghee because we simply do not have earth balance in Germany.

Now I just want to say that I have been following your blog for quiet a while now. Every recipe I try from you is AMAZING!!! I rarely come across blogs where I could just eat everything or do not substitute a lot but YOU are mind-blowing!!! Your creativity and ideas are a new fresh wind and it helps me to stay on a mainly gluten free & vegan diet. Thank you for posting all your recipes and thank you for helping me lead a healthier life. Thank you Angela!

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186 Angela (Oh She Glows) August 15, 2013

Thank you so much for your sweet comment! That means the world to me. :)

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187 Franzi August 15, 2013

Oh I forgot I also used rice flour instead of the Kamut. It seems to work just fine.

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188 Makayla Williams August 24, 2013

Made these and oh my goodness! Sooooo good! I wonder if there is a substitute for the earth balance though?

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189 Tootz November 2, 2013

Can you grind the chia seeds into a powder 1st, (for people with a texture issue). Would/could I use a coffee grinder or my Nutribullet (using MB grinder blade) to grind the chia seeds? Have you ever tried this? I think using ground chia seeds as a thickener would be great. Let me know. Your knowledge in the kitchen is so helpful to everyone.
Tootz

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190 Donna November 21, 2013

Pinned…instantly PINNED!!….QUESTION….Could one possibly use psyllium husks to thicken instead of chia?…Or ground chia seeds instead of whole?…Would these work better when you don’t want the color or texture too apparent?…When I make a seedy jam, like raspberry or blackberry…the chia seeds just seem to be obscured by the seed factor in general…but in my smoother jams…could I attempt one of those other options? Thoughts?

Thanks for a brilliant post!

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191 sabel December 24, 2013

I have been eyeing these for a while and can’t wait to finally try the recipe. At what point do you add the extract to the jam?

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192 Angela (Oh She Glows) December 26, 2013

You add the extract after removing the jam from the heat. Hope this helps!

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193 Harriet January 10, 2014

What can I use to substitute Earth Balance? Can I just use water? This looks yummy!

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194 Ramona January 28, 2014

I don’t have chia seeds on hand could I use flax seed instead or should I rather just wait until I got chia seeds? Thanks

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195 Michelle January 28, 2014

Just made these- used pears instead. Great recipe.

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196 Dinesha February 12, 2014

Hi,
Thank you very much for this great recipe. I was looking for healthy snacks for my kid to take to school and came across your blog. I made it an it was yum yum. My son loves it and I love it. I made some changes to mine as we’re not vegan. Once again, thank you.
Dinesha
(All the way from Australia)

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197 Ann Marie February 13, 2014

I tried making these bars today and my dough did not look like yours. Yours looked to be on the dry side and could be pressed into the pan. Mine was on the runny side and I was able to pour it into the pan. I looked over the ingredients and I’m pretty sure I did everything correctly. I melted 1/2cup of the Earth Balance like it said, but I’m wondering if I should have just softened it instead. Any ideas on what could have gone wrong. Just put the bars into the oven….not sure what to expect when they come out…lol!

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198 teresa February 24, 2014

These look wonderful! Any idea if subbing unsweetened applesauce for the earth balance would work??

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199 Stephanie March 11, 2014

I just made a batch of the strawberry and blueberry! I added sunflower seeds to the granola mixture too, and after baking them, I added some more on top and broiled them for about 3 minutes. I love toasted sunflower seeds and it made the tops even more yummy :) with the blueberry batch I also sprinkled hemp seeds and walnuts before adding the top layer. This recipe was really fun, thank you! i’m going the make the jam again by its self because it was so easy and came out delicious. I only had a few concerns with the recipe –

1) My granola mixture came out very soft compared to yours in the photos. I didn’t need to use a roller because when I poured it into the pan it just molded and settled almost immediately. I used grass-fed butter instead of earth balance (I don’t feel right about butter substitutes) so maybe that is the reason? when I make them again I think I’ll only use the 1/2 cup of butter…

2) Both the strawberry and blueberry jams took much longer to cook and get to a thick enough consistency. After the 15 minutes was up I alternated between simmering and boiling (low heat) them, until eventually I wisked in 1 tbsp of arrowroot powder to each and that seemed to do the trick. I think I added on about 10 more minutes to get the right consistency.

Any thoughts on this? LOVED the recipe!

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200 Angela (Oh She Glows) March 14, 2014

Hey Stephanie,

From what I recall about this recipe (it’s been a while since I made it) the oat dough IS very soft. Mine was too. So not to worry.
About the jam, they actually thicken up quickest when you pop them in the fridge after cooking. When very hot, they seem thinner than they are. I will add this to the recipe. Thanks and hope this helps!

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201 Kelan March 15, 2014

Just made these again, for the fifth or sixth time. Love this recipe- it’s super simple and way healthier than other oat bars. I substituted apple sauce for butter (ie. Earth Balance) and much to my surprise it worked really well! They taste like a cross between a multi-grain bar and a more decadent oat bar. I would even decrease the sugar a little bit next time. And yes, the dough is very wet, but you should still be able to press it down in the pan.

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202 Les Fetter March 19, 2014

I make and can a lot of jam, and am intrigued by your chia seed recipes. Do you know if it is possible to can and store your recipes, and how long they would keep?

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203 Abi March 29, 2014

If I want to avoid using Earth Balance, can I sub with coconut oil? Any idea if I should stick with the same measurements? Thanks!

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204 Kati April 2, 2014

Hi Angela! Whenever I make a version of this with fresh strawberries, my jam always comes out a little dull in color. Yours is so vibrant! Is it a trick of the camera or something else? The only difference is I use agave or honey whereas you used white sugar…any thoughts? (btw I love your blog and have been reading for years! Congratulations on your cookbook and your future little one!)

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205 patricia May 1, 2014

Hello,
Just stumbled on the recipe which sounds amazing. Just one thing though for this French cook, what can I substitute for Earth Balance?… I can’t wait to try it.. Merci

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206 Elena Perez June 14, 2014

I’ve made them yesterday! Yummy! Such a great flavor! Thank you, Angela!

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207 Harriet June 21, 2014

I don’t use oil/butter so I substituted the butter with apple sauce!!!! Taste AMAZING!!!! THANKS FOR ANOTHER GREAT RECIPE!!!!

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208 Ryan July 17, 2014

Angela, you are amazing! That’s all. Simply. Amazing. :)

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209 Courtney July 31, 2014

These are so good!!! I’m always a little skeptical of when people say things like “you won’t be able to stop at just one” because everyone has different tastes, but these are seriously good!! I can’t wait to try more of your recipes!! I’m new to the vegan lifestyle and I love that I don’t have to give up quality or flavor!

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210 christi August 11, 2014

Has anyone every tried using coconut flour in place of the Kamut? I imagine I would just have to add more moisture also?

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211 Ramona August 25, 2014

Hi,
Love the way they look on your website however mine were very moist and impossible to cut into bars? I used exactly your ingredients except regular flour…and my pan was slightly smaller…any tips how to get them more like yours? Thanks

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212 Mady September 4, 2014

Hi Angela

When do I add the vanilla in? I couldn’t find it in the instructions.
also If using pre-made strawberry jam, do I still need to add the sugar?

Thanks

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213 Tamara September 11, 2014

I just made these and they are AMAZING! I made a few small changes – used coconut oil instead of earth balance, coconut palm sugar instead of brown sugar, and I sprinkled with hemp seeds instead of sesame seeds! Thanks for this incredible recipe – will definitely make again!

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214 Katharine in Brussels October 25, 2014

Hi Angela, I have this on my counter for the fifth rendition so far–always say it’s for my preschoolers’ snack boxes but in reality I eat most of it. DH cannot fathom the concept of Nutri-Grain bars,or they would be gone even faster. These are tastier and healthier. At any rate, with your wonderful newborn you might relate to my current state–I am too tired (pregnancy) to finish the recipe, but it’s like a ready-made mix waiting for me to finish tomorrow since all of the dry ingredients are mixed together and the chia jam is done. You might like mixes now too :) DH like sthe chia jam and sneaked away two tablespoonsful before I caught him red-handed, so to speak. BTW the blueberry version is good, strawberry too, but raspberry is my hands-done favourite. Thanks!

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215 Sandra October 26, 2014

I was confused with the line in brackets (reserve 1/2 oat mixture)…Is this the dry oat mixture or the wet/dry mixture? I found it difficult to sprinkle this mixture as it was clumpy! Waiting for it to bake as we speak…I’m sure it will be good!

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216 Emily November 19, 2014

Just made these and substituted raspberries for the strawberries and they are FANTASTIC!! So easy to make and taste delicious!! :) Already planning on making another batch soon.

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217 Emily November 19, 2014

Also, does anyone know the nutrition information on these? I’m pretty strict with my diet and I stumbled upon these assuming they are pretty healthy! If anyone could let me know, that’d be awesome! Great recipe by the way!! :)

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218 Amy February 23, 2015

These look amazing!

I wasn’t able to find kamut flour, so I got white sifted spelt flour( which I’ve never used before either….) , are there any adjustments I should make, or recommend NOT using this flour?
Thanks in advance, I LOVE your blog!

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219 kary March 6, 2015

Mine came out salty… :(.

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220 Jess GB March 8, 2015

Yummy organic strawberries were on sale at the store so I bought a bunch and decided to give this recipe a try. These squares are delicious! I’ll be doing the jam again and might try the squares with blueberries and lemon. Thanks for this great recipe!

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221 Shannon March 25, 2015

Hi Angela
If I wanted to make these peanut buttery….would you think subbing PB for the margarine would work or would that be a disaster?

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222 Jennifer March 31, 2015

I’m making these right now. I’m making my own jam with blueberries and strawberries. Just a side note~ corn starch does work. You have to mix the corn starch with some cold water then add it to your hot mixture. Works beautifully. Can’t wait for the bars to be done!

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223 Hailey June 18, 2015

I had a whole bunch of strawberries that HAD to be used today and I was really excited when I found this recipe! Unfortunately I found another flour inbalance. I’m not sure if it has to do with sea levels (I’m on the west coast right at sea level) but there have been a few osg recipes where the I find myself having to add a significant amount of flour to get the desired texture. Took about another cup and a half and a handful of oats to make this dough even close to crumbly/non-sticky. Wonder why that is? Has anyone else had this problem?

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224 Belinda July 2, 2015

Would it be ok if I didn’t use the chia egg ??

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225 Dana Haugen July 26, 2015

Do you think it would work to put the jam up in jars and water bath them (to be able to store them in a pantry)? I have a case of peaches and would love to have this flavor throughout the year.

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226 Diana August 12, 2015

This was delicious!

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227 Michelle October 14, 2015

I don’t see where the vanilla comes in for the jam!

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228 Jenna November 11, 2015

Anyway to make this glutton free?

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229 Laura December 5, 2015

Hi :)

Do you have a substitute for the vegan butter to make it oil free? Maybe apple sauce? And how much would you use?

Thanks!!!

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