I love strawberries! Strawberries are one of my favorite fruit. I began to really like them when I first signed up for Weight Watchers. Every day I have a cup of bananas and strawberries as my zero point snack. I still can’t believe that strawberries are FREE! A while back I wanted to make a dessert that featured strawberries and lemon. Most of the time when I’m brainstorming a dessert I try to find a way to make it a breakfast meal as well. It’s just my husband and I at home so we really don’t need to have a bunch of desserts laying around! My Strawberry Jam Crumb Bars are sweet, crunchy, and perfect for dessert OR breakfast!! This is a Weight Watcher friendly recipe and each bar is 6 SmartPoints.
These bars are super easy to make and while they taste so good it will make you think they are unhealthy, they are actually low-fat. The bottom layer is moist batter, the middle is a fresh, homemade strawberry lemon jam, and the top layer is crunchy and sweet. The batter is simple to make! Just mix the flour with really, really cold butter. Using a fork, cut the butter into the dough. You’ll know once the dough is done when you start to see a “crumble” effect. You could use a pastry cutter, but I wanted to use a fork so I could get a little arm work out :)!
Next, combine the egg and vanilla, add to the dough, and mix well. Using a 8×8 baking dish, layer half of the dough on the bottom and push the dough into the dish to make an even layer.
The layer of strawberry jam is the JAM! It’s so good and super simple! In a small bowl, combine fresh diced strawberries with sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest, and cornstarch. Once you mix the ingredients you will see a syrup starting to form. Layer the strawberry jam onto of the first dough layer then place pieces of the rest of the dough over the strawberry jam. Be careful not to push the dough too hard into the jam layer!
After all the dough has been layered, bake for 45 minutes!
Strawberry Jam Crumb Bars are sweet, crunchy, decadent and the perfect desserts or breakfast! These bars are easy to make, kid friendly, and husband approved!
I hope you enjoy these bites of flavor!
For Strawberry Jam Crumb Bars, here are my “go-to” kitchen essentials: