The other day I was walking with my kids (Chloe and Cody ! lol) when I finally saw the blackberries that my neighbor Sylvia told us about. It’s unbelievable how sometimes I walk like a horse = not looking around. I was so surprised to see how many blackberry bushes there were and I never noticed them. The next day I went again for a walk with them and decided to stop and grab some of it for Marilyn to make something with this delicious fruit. She decided to make blackberry breakfast cereal bars.
2 cups blackberries
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup flour
1 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup margarine or 1/2 cup butter, melted
For filling, in a medium saucepan combine berries, sugar, water, lemon juice and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for about 8 minutes or till slightly thickened, stirring frequently. Remove from heat.
In a mixing bowl stir together flour, oats, brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, and baking soda. Stir in melted margarine till thoroughly combined. Set aside 1 cup of the oat mixture for topping. Press remaining oat mixture into an ungreased 9x9x2″ pan. Bake in a 350 oven for 20-25 minutes.
Carefully spread filling on top of baked crust. Sprinkle with reserved oat mixture. Lightly press oat mixture into filling.
Bake in the 350 oven for 20-25 minutes more or until the topping browns. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Cut into bars. You will notice a huge difference eating this homemade bars!
It is easy, quick and an healthy snack!
Have a great week!
Beijos e Tchau!
Ludmilla and Marilyn Chudda