These Oatmeal Bars are stuffed with fresh strawberries and blackberries to create a tasty, sweet, oaty treat that will become a family favourite!
Preheat the oven to 180C/350F and spray an 8x8 inch square pan. Place a strip of grease proof paper, with enough over hang to lift the bars out, along the base of the pan.
Make the filling first: Place the strawberries, blackberries, sugar, flour and lemon juice into a medium sized bowl and stir until all of the berries are coated in sugar/flour. Leave to one side.
Make the oat mixture: Place the oats, flour, sugar, baking powder and salt into a large bowl and stir briefly to ensure no lumps of flour.
Pour in the melted butter and vanilla and mix with a wooden spoon until the mixture comes into one big lump. It shouldn't be sticky, just slightly moist, but on one big ball.
Take 2/3 of the oat mixture and place into your prepared pan, press into an even layer with your hands/the back of a spoon.
Your fruit mixture should now be glossy, tip this on top of the oat mixture and smooth into an even layer.
Crumble the remaining third of your oat mixture on top of the oats, it won't cover the berries completely, this is fine.
Place in the oven for 35-40 minutes, until the top is golden and the filling is bubbling.
Leave to cool in the pan completely, before lifting out the bars and transferring to a cutting board. Slice into 9-12 bars and dig in.
Strawberry and Blackberry Oatmeal Bars will keep in an airtight container, at room temperature for 4 days, or in the fridge for 6 days. You can eat them chilled or at room temperature, whatever you prefer!
*My berries were super sweet, so I only added 3tbsp. If your berries aren't as sweet, add up to 6tbsp of sugar.