Jam Crumb Bars

by jenna on March 11, 2013

Happy Monday, friends!

I’ve been so excited all weekend to share this treat with you today! The original recipe for these snack bars comes from my good friend, Polly. Oh my goodness, are they are ever addicting!! Think of a crumbly oat-filled crust topped with sweet raspberry jam and sprinkled with streusel. They are extremely portable, making them the perfect little treat to send in lunchboxes or stash in your gym bag.

I made these last week and took them to our Thursday evening community group, where they were eagerly gobbled up. Don’t worry, I stashed a few in my freezer first!

The crust for these is essentially just packed down streusel. The best, right?! I’m a streusel SNOB…I love the stuff. And since it’s made primarily out of oats, it’s considered healthy, right?

That’s what I thought.

You could use any flavor of jam for these bars but I just think they are perfect with raspberry! Apricot would be nice, too, though. Really…when streusel is involved, you can’t go wrong.

Hopefully these will make your Monday just a tad sweeter! Perfect for kids of all ages.

Jam Crumb Bars

makes about 24 bars

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3/4 cup dark brown sugar

3/4 cup unsalted butter, cold and sliced into small pieces

1 1/2 cups oats {old fashioned or quick}

1 1/2 cups flour

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp sea salt

1 cup jam of choice — I love raspberry!


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 x 13″ pan with cooking spray.

Mix together the brown sugar, oats, flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a large bowl. Cut in the cold butter and blend with your fingers until the mixture gets all crumbly and there are no large butter clumps left.

Press mixture into the bottom of your pan, reserving about a half cup of crumbs. Spread jam over your crust and sprinkle remaining crumbs on top.

Bake for 45 minutes then let cool for 25 minutes before slicing into squares or bars.


~ 1 hour

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Sarah March 11, 2013 at 3:50 am

This looks like it is right up my street! I love that the jam layer is a bit restrained, and balanced with the crust. Perfection!


Emily @ Life on Food March 11, 2013 at 3:50 am

I am thinking my husband would go to heaven with blueberry jam too. Breakfast bar?


Suzanne de Cornelia March 11, 2013 at 3:52 am

Oooooh, LOVE the ring! I might adapt this with three berries mix. Had something like it so delicious at a local Carmel bakery and was just trying to figure out how to recreate.

BTW Jenna, I have an interview on my blog today with an LA gal who started the simplest, funnest little biz in Paris you might be interested in.


Kristen @ notsodomesticated March 11, 2013 at 3:59 am

These sound so good!! So much better than the store-bought version!


polly March 11, 2013 at 4:03 am

helloooo sweet little sis!
yay for the bars!! 🙂

Guess what? We started watching THE BIBLE last night, we had it dvr’d from last week so we are a week behind. oh my goodness! It’s cool! I am really looking forward to when Jesus arrives and we get into the nitty gritty of the New Testament.

Love you so much, have a beautiful week!



tami March 11, 2013 at 12:20 pm

i miss your blog, your yoga and your recipes Polly! I hope you and your family are doing well.


Fran March 13, 2013 at 7:16 am

I miss your blog too, Polly! How is your daughter doing?


Tracy March 15, 2013 at 9:29 am

Hi Polly! I miss your blog so sooo much! Hope you and your family are doing well!


Candyce March 24, 2013 at 3:33 pm

I’m jumping on this thread! I miss your blog as well, Polly!


Averie @ Averie Cooks March 11, 2013 at 4:05 am

I love a good, hearty, dense bar with oats and brown sugar and jam! Perfect combo, Jenna!


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat March 11, 2013 at 5:01 am

These sound amazing Jenna! I’m alll about the streusel as well – the more, the better!


Angela @ Happy Fit Mama March 11, 2013 at 5:11 am

Mix jam with anything (I prefer raspberry or strawberry) and it’s a win! Yum! Pinning these right now.


Molly @ RDexposed March 11, 2013 at 5:18 am

Is it sad that I remember a very similar bar that you were making like 3-4 years ago in your tiny little house?


Amy Walters, aDESIGNdock March 11, 2013 at 5:24 am

Mmm…yes, I’ll be making these for sure! And, gobbling them up shortly there after ; )


Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch March 11, 2013 at 6:01 am

Delicious!!! Have to try these very soon!!!


Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots March 11, 2013 at 6:17 am

mm these look delicious!

I also wanted to let you know that I made your taco casserole last week and loved it so much we are having it again this week!


erin @hooleywithaz March 11, 2013 at 6:35 am

streusel is my life. ohmygoodness it is my favorite on any fruit dessert. i totally agree about the oats making it “healthy” haha.


Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health March 11, 2013 at 6:42 am

Mmm, these look so good! I bet they’re not too crunchy since they’re homemade too.


Sarah @ Yogi in Action March 11, 2013 at 6:54 am

These sound delicious! And not too difficult to make, which I like.

Thanks for the recipe 🙂 I’ll definitely be trying these out.


Makenzie Ann March 11, 2013 at 7:29 am

Streusal is the bomb. I hope to try these soon, thanks Jenna!! Your ring looks lovely by the way 🙂


Abby @ The Frosted Vegan March 11, 2013 at 7:48 am

Ohh I just bought some lovely fig jam that would be perfect with this! Maybe with a little cashew butter, mmm!


Caroline L. March 11, 2013 at 7:58 am

These are reminiscent of all those bars I would bring in school lunches in middle school 🙂 Love! Have a great Monday!


Dana March 11, 2013 at 8:22 am

I LOVE this! They look so delicious and there’s nothing better than a good bar that makes a quick snack and that is totally portable. I also adore jam. Win win! 🙂


Jane @ Not Plain So Jane March 11, 2013 at 8:25 am

I didn’t even need to read the recipe. The name & picture alone got me. I think I’ll attempt these in my little studio. No mixer required 🙂


Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen March 11, 2013 at 9:01 am

Mmm yum these look lovely!


Kirsten@ My Kitchen in the Rockies March 11, 2013 at 9:04 am

You can never go wrong with the combo of streusel and raspberry jam. I am off to start baking. Thanks!!


a farmer in the dell March 11, 2013 at 10:16 am

I can’t wait to roll up my sleeves and bake these bars!


Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic March 11, 2013 at 10:17 am

These look soooo good! A packed streusel crust is amazing.


joelle (on a pink typewriter) March 11, 2013 at 10:51 am

Mmmmmmm yum! These sounds like these snack bars I adore from Trader Joe’s! Sort of like a big Fig Newton (only not fig flavored) or those Kellog’s pastry bars from when we were kids!


Kirsten@ My Kitchen in the Rockies March 11, 2013 at 11:34 am

The bars are baked and I just had my first bite – outstanding!! Thanks Jenna.


Lisa @ Wed & Wanderlust March 11, 2013 at 12:05 pm

These look fantastic! I would love to try them using fig jam and and perhaps with some vanilla ice cream! Thanks for sharing – can’t wait to try!


I Wash You Dry March 11, 2013 at 1:41 pm

I was on the search for a “healthy” snack to bring to girl’s night tonight. This looks like a winner! Woohoo!


Amanda March 11, 2013 at 2:40 pm

Yum! I have to get some jam so I can make these!


Moni @ {Moni Meals} March 11, 2013 at 2:44 pm

Love love love the looks of this yummy treat Jenna. 🙂 I could eat this every day all day. Great for my workouts too!! Thanks!


Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe March 11, 2013 at 3:20 pm

LOVE oat bars like these. I am partial to apricot preserves, but raspberry sounds delicious too!


Anne March 11, 2013 at 4:08 pm

Oh I can’t wait to make these for our office birthday party celebration next week!


Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl March 11, 2013 at 5:27 pm

I would love to make these and add in a little nut butter….very PB & J oriented, which I love! 🙂


Food Machine Sale March 11, 2013 at 6:35 pm

Love it!They look delicious.Thank you for share.


jan March 11, 2013 at 8:23 pm

Mmm, that sounds like a good pre-workout snack to me! Yum!


Gina March 11, 2013 at 8:29 pm

These look amazing!! And easy too. Thanks for sharing the recipe.


Melanie March 11, 2013 at 9:34 pm

Hmm…I don’t live in a place that sells oatmeal (Or brown sugar, but I had some sent to me! I’m in the Peace Corps) do you think barley grits would work? I prepare them like oats usually for breakfast…


Camille March 12, 2013 at 10:08 am

I made these this morning with strawberry preserves and they are delicious!


HilJo March 12, 2013 at 10:52 am

Made these last night (but used half butter half coconut oil–SOOOOOOOO GOOD!) and they were GREAT!! I made a half recipe and they are already gone 🙂


Jen Papaya March 12, 2013 at 11:51 am

I worked at a bakery in high school, and my favorite treat to “break” (…so that it could not be sold, and, ahem, eaten instead) was raspberry crumb cake. Basically this exact recipe. I had completely forgotten about them until I saw this!


Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats March 12, 2013 at 7:28 pm

yummy! LOVE crumb bars!


Vicki March 17, 2013 at 5:03 pm

Okay – I’ll admit. I made these because I’ve never been a big fan of fruity crumb bars – I’m a chocolate girl, thru and thru. I made them for my kids after school snacks and thought, “I can resist these.” I thought.

I thought wrong.

O. My. Lordy. These are one of the best cookies, across the board, I have ever had! And it helps that they’re so danged simple! I used Bonne Maman raspberry jam, too, which probably didn’t do them any harm. So – I thank you (I think) for adding to my repertoire of highly irresistible cookies. Do you have a more mediocre recipe by chance? (kidding!)


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