Any Kind of Jam & Oatmeal Bars

This Any Kind of Jam & Oatmeal Bars recipe was created and contributed by Becky Hoff, who says: “This recipe would work well with any kind of jam. One-and-a-half cups (12 ounces) of jam seems to be just the right amount.”

Any Kind of Jam & Oatmeal Bars Ingredients

1 cup (16 Tablespoons) room temperature unsalted butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 ½ cups oats
1 ½ cups all purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 ½ cups (12 ounces) jam of your choice

Any Kind of Jam & Oatmeal Bars Directions

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

2. Cream butter, sugar, and vanilla until fluffy.

3. Whisk together dry ingredients (not the jam), then mix them into butter mixture. This will resemble a slightly dry cookie dough.

4. Press 2/3 of the mixture into a greased 9″ x 13″ pan. Spread jam over the top, then crumble remaining dough over the jam layer.

5. Bake at 400 degrees F for 20 to 25 minutes, until brown on top. Cool on a rack, cut into bars, and serve.

For more inspiring recipe ideas, see Preserving with Pomona’s Pectin: The Revolutionary Low-Sugar, High-Flavor Method for Crafting and Canning Jams, Jellies, Conserves, and More by Allison Carroll Duffy and the Pomona’s Partners, published by Fair Winds Press, June 2013, and available in paper or ebook everywhere books are sold.

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8 thoughts on “Any Kind of Jam & Oatmeal Bars

  1. I just made these with old-fashioned oats, gluten free flour and half the amount of sugar recommended. I also used my own, extremely low sugar plum jam for filling: they are delicious and I will definitely make them again!

    • Dear Gabriele,
      Thanks so much for writing to us about your modifications of this recipe and that it worked well. We love getting this kind of feedback to share with others.

      Thanks for using Pomona’s Pectin — and happy jamming!

    • Yum, your plum jam sounds delicious! And I am glad to see a lower sugar version of the recipe. I will try your variation next time I make these bars!

  2. I made your recipe the other day and since it was a new recipe I didn’t want to use my homemade jam in case we didn’t like the recipe . I had a jar of lemon preserve from the Dollar Store that the family hadn’t been interested in opening so I used that with some of my peach jam and the bars were a big hit. I am making them again and doubling the recipe . Thanks for sharing it. Peggy

    • Hi Peggy,
      So glad you and your family liked the Jam & Oatmeal Bars. I bet they were delicious with lemon. I will be sure to pass your comment on to Becky Hoff, who gave us the recipe. Thanks for using Pomona’s!

    • Hi Peggy,

      I am glad you liked the recipe! It’s my favorite dessert to bring to a potluck. Thank you for your positive feedback!

      Becky Hoff

    • Hi Sharon,
      Here is Becky Hoff’s (the recipe creator) response to your question: “The last batch was made with quick oats, but I have made them with old fashioned oats, too. Steel cut oats are probably the only kind that wouldn’t work.”

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