hello sweetie: oatmeal coconut raspberry bars

oatmeal coconut raspberry bars | everybody likes sandwiches

The fact that there are 4 tiny jammy squares sitting in my fridge means that I have serious restraint. I made these bars last week on a whim. I was feeling elated that my cards were featured in Uppercase Magazine (a gorgeous publication that I love & admire) and I wanted to celebrate with a little home baking. All that week, I found myself digging into my old favourite, The Gourmet Cookbook, dog-earing the pages until I stumbled upon these bars. Coconut. Oats. Raspberry jam. Oh, and butter. These are rich and sweet and totally satisfying.

oatmeal coconut raspberry bars | everybody likes sandwiches

Even though I tend to prefer salty over sweet, I can’t resist the pull of these bars. I cut them up teeny-tiny despite protests from my husband who felt a larger square would have been a whole lot better. I’ll leave the sizing up to you.

oatmeal coconut raspberry bars | everybody likes sandwiches

I also slightly reduced the sugar from the original recipe, but I think I’d reduce even further next time by cutting out the white sugar entirely and cutting the brown sugar to 1/2 a cup. Or use a jam with less sugar. Served alongside tea, these are wonderful and I’d be lying if I said eating one (or two) at 9am with my morning coffee never happened.

oatmeal coconut raspberry bars | everybody likes sandwiches

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11 comments to “hello sweetie: oatmeal coconut raspberry bars”

  1. 1
    Nicole   April 22, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Ooo…want! Raspberry jam + coconut is a total win for me. I would definitely cut these into mini squares, too, so I could eat more and not feel so guilty :)

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    Sarah   April 22, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    Love it! These look like they’re directly up my alley. Pretend-healthy oatmeal bars are my jam. (No pun intended)

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    Joanne (Bijoux)   April 22, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    Yum yum yum!!! I think this is going to be made (and devoured) this week using crushed macadamia nuts in the crust and the frozen raspberries I have had in the freezer since last summer. And congratulations to the magazine feature too!!

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    Joanne (Bijoux)   April 22, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    ack – bad use of preposition “to”, should be “congrats on the magazine…”

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    Joanne   April 23, 2013 at 3:50 am

    Congrats on your magazine feature! That’s so awesome! These are such a great celebratory bar. Love the mix of fruit and coconut!

  6. 6
    Lydia   April 24, 2013 at 11:25 am

    “Hello sweetie” followed by a jammy reference, almost makes me think you’re a Doctor Who fan! (The Doctor’s favourite cookie is a jammy dodger.) I know you’re not. :)

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    Lydia   April 24, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Oh, and these look yum. Pinning them!

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    kickpleat   April 24, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Nicole, I liked them so much as mini squares & my mind works the same as yours – seconds!!

    Thanks Sarah – yes, these are def PRETEND healthy!

    Oooh, that sounds amazing, Bijoux!

    Thanks Joanne, it’s pretty fun being in a great little magazine :) And the bars were the perfect companion.

    Ha, Lydia, I’m so not a Dr. Who fan – though maybe I should give it a go. When I was a kid, Dr. Who was always playing on TVO and it was so 70s and weird to me.

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    Barbara S.   April 25, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    I would love to make these for my daughter, but we found out recently she is allergic to almost all tree nuts including coconuts.

    Still trying to figure out a substitute for that. Maybe just using more oats in this case.

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    Nicki Woo   April 26, 2013 at 7:49 am

    I’ve never had these before, but raspberry is the ultimate, ultimate for me.

    I’m going to give these a shot! Can’t wait!

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    kickpleat   April 26, 2013 at 8:12 am

    Barbara, yes, just use more oats! And maybe add a few seeds (if she can still eat things like sesame seeds) to add a bit of interest. Hope it works out!

    Nicki, I love raspberry too so I’m sure you’ll love these. Coconut and raspberry are such a great pairing!

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