Monday, February 13, 2012

Secret Recipe Club -Peach Oatmeal Bars

Its time for  Secret Recipe Club again - I love being part of this fun club!  My favorite part of the SRC is assignment day - I love when I get that e-mail in my inbox with the link to the blog that I get to choose my recipe from.  I also love that all of my  assignments have all come from blogs I have never been to before, it's really a great opportunity to find some fabulous bloggers out there and some delicious recipes. If  you are not familiar with exactly how this club works, you can stop by the website and learn all about it - maybe even join in! Basically you are (secretly) assigned a blog to checkout, browse through their recipes, choose one to make and blog about it. It's a lot of fun!

The blog I had the pleasure of cooking from this month is Permanent Posies .  Susan is the owner of this great blog, she describes herself as unorganized, passionate and creative - me too Susan -I bet we would get along real well!  I decided to choose a recipe that I could make with my 8 year old.  We had a mother/daughter day while Hubby was at work this weekend and Little Man was at a friends.  We decided t make Susan's Gluten Free Strawberry Oatmeal Bars.  We changed it just a little but not much, ours are not gluten free and we chose to make peach bars instead of strawberry.  They were so good!  If you don't believe me you could always ask the kids...

That's a thumbs up from Sweet Girl and 10 fingers up from Little Man.

Recipe adapted from Permanent Posies
What you need:
1 package of yellow cake mix
2 1/2 cups of  oats (I used old fashioned oats for this)
1 stick of melted butter
1/2 cup applesauce
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 10oz jar of preserves of your choice (peach for us)
1 teaspoon water
1 teaspoon lemon juice

What you do:
Preheat the oven to 375 and grease a 9 x 13 pan.
In a large bowl, mix together the cake mix, 2 cups of oats, butter, applesauce and vanilla.  Add the rest of the oats a little at a time just until it begins to form clumps, discard the rest (we used all the oats that the recipe called for.)  

In a separate bowl, mix together the preserves, water and lemon juice.  
Press half of the crust mixture down into the pan.  

 Pour on your preserved mixture, trying to keep it from getting to near the edges or it may burn.  

Then sprinkle remaining crust mixture over the top.  
Bake for 18-20 minutes or until the crust is lightly golden.

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  1. Not only does it look tasty, it doesn't look difficult. Thanks for sharing!

  2. How delicious do these sound and look?! I love peaches and can't wait to try these.

  3. Looks so simple and easy! A perfect recipe for my daughter to help me in the kitchen with. Great SRC choice!

    Be sure to check out my SRC recipe - Cranberry Oat Cake!

  4. This looks so good!

    I had your blog for the Secret Recipe Club this month but it appears that someone else did too. One of us made a mistake but I'm glad that I found yours! You have tons of great recipes! Thanks!

  5. I would be giving these bars a thumbs up too. Adorable little eaters and helper you have.

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my Group 'A' SRC entry: Crunchy Fudgy Heart Bites

    Cook Lisa Cook

  6. Glad the kiddos liked the bars. The gluten free cake mix is smaller than the regular so I am glad it worked just as well for you. Makes me want some right now. Love your blog.

  7. I think peach sounds like an excellent substitute! I think my southern born husband would love these. I'm stopping by from SRC but I'd love if you check our my new site February is oranges month so if you have any orange recipes, we'd love if you'd link up!

  8. Two thumbs up from the kiddos mean these must have been super delicious! I could totally go for some peachiness right now...a nice reminder of summer!

  9. yum, everything looks so delish!

  10. I love the idea of the peach jam, sounds awesome:)

  11. What a great family activity! Such cute pics of your kids. Recipe looks delicious as well too ;).

  12. It looks so yummy.., what a lovely choice for SRC., nice to be with you in SRC..,

  13. These Bars are the Greatest! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great week end.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen


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