Snack Like A Southerner: Healthy Strawberry Oat Squares

Healthy Strawberry Oat Squares from Sally's Baking Addiction!
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Ingredients:

2tbsps cornstarch
2tbsps warm water
2 cups finely diced strawberries
1/4 cup maple syrup
1tbsp granulated sugar
2 and 1/4 cup quick oats (not whole rolled oats)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup unsalted almond butter (can use peanut butter as well)
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup apple butter*
1 large egg, beaten
1/2 cup sliced almonds

Step One:
Make the strawberry filling first by mixing the cornstarch with the warm water until it all of the cornstarch has dissolved and there are no more clumps. It should resemble milk. Set aside. Combine the strawberries, maple syrup, and sugar together in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and stir well. Remove from heat and stir in the pre-mixed cornstarch. Whisk until all clumps are gone and set aside to thicken and cool.

Step Two:
Preheat oven to 325F degrees. Line an 8x8 baking pan with aluminum foil with enough overhang on the sides for easy removal. Set aside.

Step Three:
Make the oat crust/topping: In a large bowl, combine the quick oats, cinnamon, almond butter, maple syrup, apple butter, and beaten egg. Mix until all of the oats are moistened and the mixture is thoroughly combined. Reserve 1/2 cup of the oat mixture. Press the remaining oat mixture into prepared baking pan. Make sure it is firmly pressed down and even. Spread the strawberry filling on top. To the reserved 1/2 cup oat mixture, add the sliced almonds. Crumble this over the strawberry filling and, using the back of a spatula, press the topping down firmly into the strawberry filling. You want to make sure it sticks well.

Step Four:
Bake for 25-30 minutes. The topping will be lightly browned. Allow to cool completely before cutting into squares.

Step Five:
Makes 9-12 squares, depending how large you cut them.  Squares stay fresh covered tightly at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.  Bars freeze well, up to 2 months.

This incredibly easy and tasty recipe is from Sally's Baking Addiction. Check out her site for more incredible recipes! 

Snack Like a Southerner: Fruit Pizza

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Crust Ingredients:

¾ cup Crisco

2 eggs

½tsp soda

½ cup buttermilk

2 cups sugar

3 cups flour

½tsp salt

1tsp vanilla

 

Pizza Ingredients:

8oz cream cheese

1tsp vanilla

½ cup sugar

Fruit (diced strawberries, banana slices, peach chunks, etc)

cup powdered sugar

1 cup orange juice

2tbsp cornstarch

 

Crust:

Preheat oven to 350°.

Mix all ingredients together. Use ⅓ of dough as crust for fruit pizza. Spread dough evenly on a 12 inchj pizza pan. Prick with a fork.

Bake for 10 minutes.

 

Pizza topping:

Combine cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla in a bowl. Mix well. Spread onto baked crust. Top with fruit you have chosen.

In a pot, boil orange juice, corn starch and sugar for one minute. Pour over pizza. Place pizza in refrigerator and cool.

Enjoy!