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Strawberry Chia Jam Oat Bars
For Chia Jam:
fresh or frozen
For Crust and Topping:
shredded or flaked
First, make the chia jam. Place the strawberries into a small pot with water. Bring to a simmer and cook for 25-30 minutes, stirring frequently until the fruit starts to break down and look syrupy.
Remove from heat and use a potato masher to mash the strawberries. Stir in maple syrup and chia seeds. Let the jam thicken for at least 10 minutes while you make the crust.
Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease a baking pan.
For the crust, combine the oats, coconut, and salt in a large bowl and set aside.
Over the stove or using a microwave, melt and stir together the almond butter and maple syrup.
Pour the almond butter mixture over the oats and mix until combined.
Add approximately 60% of the crust to the greased pan. Using your fingers, press the crust down so that it is evenly spread.
Spread the chia jam evenly across the layer of crust. Sprinkle the remaining crust on top of the jam.
Bake the bars for 30 minutes, until the top is golden brown.
Let cool for at least 30 minutes, then cut into bars.
Strawberry Chia Jam Oat Bars | https://www.californiastrawberries.com/strawberry-chia-jam-oat-bars/