Sweet Potato Oat Bars

Sweet Potato Oat Bars

Ok children, today we're going to learn about birthing a new recipe. Oh, I can hear y'all already.

"But Miz Scarlett, I don't know nuttin'bout birthin' no recipes!!"
To tell you to truth, me neither! But it's not going to stop me from trying and trying and trying.

I had five small sweet potatoes and I only know one way to eat them - baked with marshmallows. I felt like eating a dessert involving oats and cinnamon. I really wanted the crust from my Creamy Lemon Oat Bars. So, I put the two recipes together and got a delicious hybrid of a sweet wholesome dessert.

It was good after it cooled, but it was WAY BETTER the next day! I highly recommend making this a day ahead.

HERE'S ALL IT TAKES

Filling

  • 2 average size sweet potatoes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Crunchy crust & crumble topping

  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Peel and cut up sweet potatoes into 1 inch chunks. Place in medium saucepan, cover with water, add the salt. Bring to a boil then lower heat to simmer for 15-20 minutes. Cook until their tender enough to pierce with a fork.

Meanwhile, prepare crust.
Heat oven to 375ºF degrees. Coat 8×8 inch pan with non-stick cooking spray.

Mix crunchy crust ingredients in a food processor until crumbly. Press half of the crumbly mixture in pan; bake about 10 minutes or until set. Remove from oven, set aside. Do not turn off the oven.

Back to the sweet potatoes.
Drain off all water and move potatoes to the food processor. Add in brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg and blend until smooth. Spread potato mixture evenly onto baked crust. Sprinkle remaining crumbly mixture over the sweet potato mixture, press down gently. Bake about 20 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Cool completely. Chill in refrigerator over night. Cut 4 rows by 4 rows.

We really liked it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. Who wouldn't!?!

Sweet Potato Oat Bars