Blackberry Breakfast Bars

  • 2 cups fresh or frozen blackberries or raspberries
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup quick cooking rolled oats
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup margarine or butter melted
For filling, in a medium saucepan combine berries, sugar, water, lemon juice and ½ teaspoon cinnamon. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for about 8 minutes or till slightly thickened, stirring frequently. Remove from heat.

In a mixing bowl stir together flour, oats, brown sugar, ¼ teaspoon cinnamon, and baking soda. Stir in melted margarine or butter till thoroughly combined. Set aside 1 cup of the oat mixture for topping. Press remaining oat mixture into an ungreased 9x9x2-inch pan. Bake in a 350-degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes.

Carefully spread filling on top of baked crust. Sprinkle with reserved oat mixture. Lightly press oat mixture into filling. Bake in the 350-degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes more or till topping is set. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Cut into bars.

Makes 18