Cooking 101 - Mazurka Bars
First of all, could there be anything more beautiful than the colors of FRUIT?! Look at these colors! Nature truly has the most YUMMY colors!!
Okay, back to the bars. My friend Kadie made these the other day and they are SO GOOD. And, if you can ignore butter like I can, I seriously think these could be considered a health food. Oats, berries, fruit, whole wheat flour...it doesn't get any better than this, girls.
Because I'm a little "slow" I called these Berzerka Bars for the longest time but it FITS, right? I went completely berzerk over these because it's like having a homemade granola bar with fruit on top. Thanks, Kadie, for introducing yet ANOTHER amazing dessert I'm going to have to try hard to avoid...
(I doubled this recipe to fit in my large 11 x 15 pan)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
2 c. oats
1 c. whole wheat flour
1 c. dark brown sugar (or light brown - whatever you have)
1/2 c. coconut
1/2 c. chopped walnuts (I used pecans)
1/2 t. baking soda
1/4 t. salt
1 1/2 sticks butter, melted
1 t. vanilla
Mix all ingredients together and press into a greased square pan. Top with fresh sliced peaches, berries, or whatever you like. Press the fruit lightly into the crumb mixture.
Bake at 325 degrees for 40-50 minutes. They should look dry on top.
**For Fall flavors, add some cinnamon and nutmeg and use thinly sliced apples instead of berries. It would also be fun to add mini chocolate chips to the mixture, too!