Fresh Strawberry Crumb Bars that are easy to make with just a handful of ingredients and they taste just like Nutrigrain Bars!
Fresh Strawberry Crumb Bars are the perfect treat for back to school to add to your kids lunches or save for when they get home and want a snack. Even better than that, they have a secret ingredient your kids will never notice but you’ll be thrilled to add.
Last month when I did the Green Curry Noodles I was excited to share the spinach powder I’m completely obsessed with adding to things. The love I have for that powder is pretty much on par with the love I have for this Beetroot powder that I used in the recipe. This post is also sponsored by Mountain Rose Herbs, whose organic spices are all batch tested and hand packed to maintain high quality standards.
The idea came to me innocently enough in a baby store. I was walking past the baby food and I saw the gummy snacks with strawberry beet flavors. I had bought them for my kids who loved them so I thought maybe I could work in beet root powder into more places.
I’ve successfully (read: undetectedly) added beetroot powder to anything with strawberries from smoothies to ice cream. I made a red velvet cake you wouldn’t believe for a birthday party for a family member and put in a healthy dose of beetroot powder to rave reviews including, “wow, this is hands down the best red velvet cake I’ve ever had.”
Why add it? I mean spinach powder is obvious, but beet root powder? Well, it’s rich in antioxidants, fiber, calcium, iron, potassium, folate, manganese and more. It also has naturally occurring nitrates which help to lower blood pressure. Not the worst thing to sneak into your food where you can. I’d add it to anything berry flavored or chocolate flavored.
Fresh Strawberry Crumb Bars with this beetroot powder are an easy dessert you’ll enjoy and with a food processor you’ll be baking in no time.
Looking for more bar recipes?
- Homemade Twix Bars
- Marshmallow Crunch Brownie Bars
- Creamy Lemon Crumb Bars
- Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars (Copycat)
Since the berries are fresh instead of using a strawberry preserve the flavors are even more like a special dessert and since berries are so inexpensive right now, it is even less expensive than buying preserves!
Look at these delicious berries!
Tools used in the making of these Fresh Strawberry Crumb Bars:
Food Processor: This is the newer version of the one I have used and loved for ten years. It is a workhorse and the new model has similarly awesome reviews…and it is so affordable!
Beetroot Powder: Super full of nutrients, organic and perfect for adding into anything with berries in it.
9×9 Baking Pan – The straight edges and even cooking of this pan is ideal for bars and brownies.
- 1 cup unsalted butter diced
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cup instant oats
- 3 cups fresh strawberries diced
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon beet powder
- In a food processor add the butter, flour, brown sugar, baking powder and salt.
- Pulse until the mixture is pea sized.
- Add in the oats and crumble together with your fingers.
- Take half the mixture and press it into the bottom of the pan firmly.
- In a bowl add the strawberries, cornstarch and beet powder and mix together well.
- Put the strawberry mixture evenly onto the crust.
- Crumble over the remaining crust mixture and gently press down to form an even layer.
- Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown.
- Cool completely before cutting.