berry experimental


I jumped right out of bed this morning sure of the fact I needed to bake. My legs swiveled out from under the covers and landed right into my slippers on the floor. Took Grits for a nice walk and then plopped on the couch to do some recipe research. "Muffins or scones?!" I screamed to Lauren, having an idea that she might be awake, but no response. Chocolate Carrots recipe for blueberry bars provided some inspiration but I wasn't taking anything too seriously. A bar seemed like a wonderful way to get creative. Mid-way I scooped a heaping lump of peanut butter into the wet mix... just because. Pb&J is my favorite flavor combination in the whole world, right alongside ketchup & eggs, and I couldn't resist the thought of enjoying it in new form. Kind of ridiculous that my two favorite flavor combinations are those of the stereotypical picky-eater, huh? 
Don't forget I get real fancy too. 

I might be missing in action a bit this week as I have my first client case presentation and  midterm soon after. Oh and starting on February 14th I'll be teaching sewing classes at Fabricate (opening this week). Please check out the site, it's adorable. I've never taught a sewing class before but from now on, three times a week, I'll be instructing adults and teens on how to construct skirts, totes, and more. Pretty hard to believe Funny how I finagled my way into another job that I've never done before. Having a big, enthusiastic smile and a I-can-do-anything mentality will get you there. Let's see where this goes now- I'm looking down and thinking my plate is quite full.

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Aren't they gorgeous? Instead of sticking to strictly blueberries I threw in a couple scoops of frozen mixed berries (cherries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, and pomegranates). If you know me, the sprinkle of pumpkin seeds is totally predictable... but I was joyfully surprised at their perfect crunchy contribution to top off these babies. 
I saved this bite for you
This is all a little Spring, I know. It's not an attempt to rush for a season change, still thoroughly enjoying the flavors of winter. These bars are all-season and all-purpose: breakfast, lunch, snack, or dessert. They're oaty, berrylicious, nutty, and best of all nutritious.

Picture 14Kt's Kitchen Recipe

2 cups frozen mixed berries
2 tbsp turbinado sugar
1 tsp xantham gum
1 1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup applesauce
1/3 cup peanut butter
2 tbsp coconut oil, melted **
1/4 cup coconut milk
pumpkin seeds

Place the frozen berries in a small saucepan and add sugar, toss. Heat for 5 minutes. In a tiny bowl place the teaspoon of xantham gum and add in a couple spoonfuls of the hot berry liquid, stir, then add the the saucepan, heat and stir till it thickens. 
In a large bowl combine oats, flours, baking soda, salt, and brown sugar. 
In another bowl combine the egg, applesauce, peanut butter, coconut oil, and milk.
Add the wet into the dry and reserve 1/2 cup of the mixture, then place in a 9x9 baking dish, top with berries, and crumble the oats on top, sprinkle with some brown sugar and pumpkin seeds.

*If you want a more decadent treat feel free to forgo the applesauce and use more oil. I prefer coconut oil for it's health benefits but it doesn't have to be coco oil... the original recipe had 2 sticks of butter and I changed that drastically. Maybe use a melted stick of butter in yours. Mine are a little dry, they definitely need something so I will continue to work on this recipe. 
** I will use 6 tbsp of coconut oil next time
Moral of the story: You don't need two sticks of butter to create something delicious.
If I had almond flour I would have used it


  1. im going crazy on your blog right now. holy crap its amazing everything looks delicious katy!!!!! im for sure going to try a few of these recipes. especially the kale one. in LOVE with your blog!!!!!!

    Cristy Mantilla


  2. I'm drooling from this side of the screen. Looks absolutely heavenly!!

  3. These look great, and healthy compared to the packaged bars out there. Do you happen to have the nutritional info?

    Kate Schlag