PB Oat Crumble Squares with Raspberry Chia Jam

Think an oat crumble bar (or square, really) of your dreams: perfectly pick-up-able, reasonably transportable, tart yet lightly sweet, and loaded with gooey goodness.  Mmm…

Servings: 8-16
Preparation Time - 15 minutes
Cooking Time : 30 minutes

Ingredients

Chia Jam

4 tbsp Just Natural Organic chia seeds
500g frozen raspberries, thawed
80ml maple syrup

Oat Crumble Base & Topping

120g Organic Kitchen smooth peanut butter
100g Organic Kitchen extra virgin coconut oil (or vegan butter)
80g brown sugar
100g oat flour
280g Just Natural Organic jumbo oats

How to Make it

  1. Preheat your oven to 160°C (300°F).
  2. Drain excess juice off the thawed raspberries.
  3. Place the raspberries into a bowl and mix in the chia seeds and maple syrup.  Set to one side.
  4. Line an 8- or 9-inch square tin with baking paper and lightly grease with coconut oil.  (I used a 9-inch tin; an 8-inch tin will create a thicker bar and will be easier to slice into 8 long bars, as opposed to 16 small squares.)
  5. Mix together the peanut butter, coconut oil or vegan butter, and brown sugar in a bowl or jug.
  6. Place oats and oat flour in a separate large bowl and stir in the above mixture until well-combined. 
  7. Place ⅔ of this combined mixture into the prepared tin and spread evenly using your fingertips.  Bake for 10 minutes.
  8. Remove from the oven and spread over the now-thickened chia jam.
  9. Sprinkle over remaining third of the oat mixture and return to the oven for a further 20 minutes.
  10. Allow to cool fully before slicing, ideally overnight in the fridge.  Store in the fridge for up to one week.  Serve chilled, at room temperature, or heat and have a dollop of dairy-free yogurt or scoop of dairy-free ice cream on top if desired.