strawberry squares

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if it’s made with fruit that’s breakfast to me, but these strawberry squares make a delicious snack or dessert too

strawberry squares

last spring when I found myself with a bit too much strawberry rhubarb jam, I made doughnuts [4]. really, freaking delicious doughnuts, if I do say so myself. last week when I made strawberry preserves [5], my first thought was to make jelly doughnuts. I LOVE doughnuts of any kind, but jelly doughnuts are simply the best. 

strawberry squares

my willpower may be getting stronger, but it is definitely not ready to be faced with a fresh batch of jelly doughnuts. the kids have been enjoying  the strawberry preserves on pretty much everything. toast, yogurt, Charlie eats a pb&j every day after school, and in the morning they love preserves on pancake bread [6]. but we still have quite a bit left. it is far too delicious to let go to waste, so I made switched up my usual raspberry squares, and made strawberry squares to pack in lunches.

strawberry squares

these strawberry squares could not be any easier to make, especially if you already have a jar of preserves or jam at home. for the base of the bars I used pecans, but almonds or walnuts would be delicious too. I just happened to have a bag of pecans hiding in the pantry. my kids are a bit fussy, and don’t particularly care for baked goods made with oats and nuts. for a more uniform texture, I pulsed my oats and nuts in a food processor. There was still enough crunch to create interest, but no large oats or nut pieces to scare the kids off.

strawberry squares

strawberry squares


  • 1 1/4 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup nuts (pecans, almonds, or walnuts)
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 12 Tbsp butter, cut into 12 pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups strawberry preserves


  • preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • spray a 9 inch square baking pan with non-stick cooking spray, line with foil, and then spray the foil
  • in the bowl of a food processor, add the oats and nuts, and pulse to finely chop
  • in the bowl of a stand mixer combine the oats, nuts, flour, brown sugar, baking soda, and salt
  • on low speed, add the butter 1 piece at a time, mix until you have a coarse meal and the butter is scattered throughout
  • press 2/3 the mixture firmly into the prepared baking pan
  • bake for 20 minutes
  • spread the preserves onto the warm crust and top with the remaining crumb
  • bake another 30 minutes
  • cool in pan on a rack, and  once completely cool remove the foil from the pan and cut into squares

strawberry squares



lucky for me, the bars passed the fussy eater test, so I won’t be stuck with a pan full of goodies staring me in the face. they may not be doughnuts, but they are still very tempting, and any more than a bite or two doesn’t exactly fit into my healthy meal plan. but then again, everything in moderation right?


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