‘Tis the season for red, ripe strawberries. These sweet and delicious berries are not only tasty, but healthy, too. Eating them right out of the carton is good, but baking them into this delicious dessert is a great way to enjoy a sweet strawberry treat, plus get some of your recommended whole grains.

Strawberry Whole Grain Crumble Bars

Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 1 1/2 hours
Servings: 12
Ingredients:
StrawberriesCrust
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/3 cups brown sugar
1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 cups (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Strawberry Filling
1 package (16 ounces or 3 cups) Strawberries
1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 teaspoons lemon juice
Pinch salt

Crumble Topping
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 cups whole wheat flour
1/4 cups brown sugar
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Directions:

Crust
Butter or grease a 9-inch square pan.
Stir together all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, brown sugar and salt in a large bowl using a fork to combine and remove any lumps. Add melted butter and vanilla and stir until thoroughly combined.
Press dough evenly into prepared pan and freeze 30 minutes.
Filling
Combine strawberries, sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice and salt in a 2-quart non-reactive saucepan over medium heat. Stir until mixture comes to a boil, reduce heat and continue to simmer stirring constantly until fruit thickens slightly. Remove from heat.
Topping
Preheat oven to 300°F.
Place rolled oats, all purpose flour, whole wheat flour, brown sugar, granulated sugar and salt in the bowl of a food processor and process until oats are partially ground. Transfer mixture to a large bowl and drizzle with melted butter using your hands to combine and make small clumps.
Assembly
Bake frozen crust 40 to 45 minutes or until golden brown and firm to the touch. Remove from oven and increase temperature to 350°F.
Spread 1 1/2 cups strawberry filling over crust and sprinkle evenly with crumble topping creating larger clumps if desired.
Bake about 50 minutes or until golden brown, rotating the pan halfway through the baking time. Remove from oven and cool on a rack 10 minutes. Run a knife around the edge of the pan to prevent the bars from sticking. Cool completely and cut into bars.

Recipe from: http://www.driscolls.com/recipes/view/6095/Strawberry-Whole-Grain-Crumble-Bars