Creamy Lemon Oat Bars

Creamy Lemon Oat Bars

You may as well double this recipe when you make these creamy morsels of goodness.

Notice that crunchy, granola crust on the bottom? See that soft, crumbly, granola topping clinging on to the lemony cream center? I'm telling you right now, double up, because these creamy lemon oat bars won't last long.

HERE'S ALL IT TAKES

  • 1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Heat oven to 375ºF degrees. Coat 8x8 inch pan with non-stick cooking spray. Mix milk, lemon zest and lemon juice in medium bowl until thickened; set aside. Mix remaining ingredients in medium bowl until crumbly.

Press half of the crumbly mixture in pan; bake about 10 minutes or until set.

Spread lemon milk mixture over baked crust. Sprinkle remaining crumbly mixture over the lemon milk mixture, press down gently. Bake about 20 minutes or until edges are golden brown and center is set but soft. Cool completely. Cut 4 rows by 4 rows.

This dessert is mildly sweet and the lemon is just right; not too lemony. The little bit of salt in the recipe makes for a sweet and salty flavor that makes you want to eat another one. That's why they don't last long. Try making a batch over the weekend and see for yourself.