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Easy California Prune Oatmeal Squares

Desserts  |  Published on Oct 15, 2019  |  Last modified on Oct 17, 2019

easy oatmeal prune squares on parchment paper

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Easy California Prune Oatmeal Squares are filled with a delicious prune paste made from fresh California Prunes. They have a delicious oatmeal cinnamon crumble and just the right amount of sweetness in each bite.

Creating these Easy California Prune Oatmeal Squares

I know what you are thinking…and the answer is no, they are not just your grandmother’s favorite food!

I recently visited a prune orchard and drying facility in California and fell even more in love with prunes and prunes benefits.

California Prunes have a place in everyone’s diet: toddlers, teens, adults and elderly. That’s why I adore these bars because I can make them for all audiences; my nephew, my friends or the grandparents in my life. 

California Prune Nutrition and Facts: 

Prunes benefits…

  • Research says consuming 5-6 prunes a day may support healthy bones.
  • Prunes support good gut health.
  • Boosting antioxidant intake can help provide added protection against heart, eye, memory and immune systems. 
  • California Prunes taste and pair like no other prunes in the world. They are fresh and sweet, have a reliable consistency and have a rich, smooth mouthfeel. 
  • A serving of 4-5 prunes has 280 mg potassium and 23 mcg of vitamin K. Potassium helps muscles contract and vitamin K helps to improve calcium balance & promotes bone mineralization. 

Be sure to check out California Prunes online & on social media!

@CAprunes

Ingredients to make these California Prune Oatmeal Squares

  • California Prunes
  • Lemon Juice
  • Brown sugar 
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Cinnamon
  • Quick cook oatmeal
  • Flour
  • Unsalted butter
  • Baking Soda
  • Salt

How to make California Prune Oatmeal Squares 

Preheat your oven to 350° F. Spray an 8×8 inch baking pan with nonstick baking spray. Set aside.

Make the prune filling next: in a food processor, process 8 oz. of California Prunes with ¼ cup lemon juice, cinnamon, brown sugar and vanilla extract. Process for 1-2 minutes or until prunes are blended well into a paste. 

Now make the oatmeal crumb mixture: In a medium sized bowl, combine and mix together all of the dry ingredients: oatmeal, flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. 

Take your softened butter and using clean hands, mix into the dry ingredients until the mixture becomes crumbly. Spread half of the oatmeal mixture down into the pan and press it into the pan to create the base layer. 

Spread all of the prune mixture on top and be sure it’s spread evenly across the bottom oatmeal layer.

Then sprinkle the remaining crumb mixture on top and press lightly into the prune paste. 

Bake for 35 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Let cool completely and then cut into squares. 

Store in an airtight container at room temperature or freeze for up to 2 months. 

Other ways to enjoy California Prunes

  • They go well with proteins such as chicken or fish
  • Grains; perfect in focaccia bread, diced in pilaf or couscous, or on cereal
  • Add chopped prunes to your salads
  • Cook them down to make sauces
  • Incorporate them into baked goods such as muffins or cookies.
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These Oatmeal California Prune Squares are…

  • Simple to make
  • Only require 10 ingredients 
  • A perfect treat for all ages
  • Flavorful and ultra-tasty
  • Sweet, but not too sweet. They’re just right!
  • Great for someone new to prunes!
easy oatmeal prune squares on parchment paper

Easy California Prune Oatmeal Squares

These prune bars are filled with a delicious prune paste made from fresh California Prunes. They have a delicious oatmeal crumble and just the right amount of sweetness in each bite!
5 from 7 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
cooling time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 9 bars
Calories: 387kcal
Author: Tawnie Kroll

Equipment

  • 8×8 inch square baking dish
  • Food Processor

Ingredients

For the California Prune filling

  • 8 oz. California Prunes, pitted and dried
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (or coconut sugar)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

For the oatmeal crumb topping

  • 1.5 cups quick cook oatmeal, dry
  • 1.5 cups All-Purpose flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed (or coconut sugar)
  • 1.5 sticks butter, unsalted and softened (12 Tbsp.)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350° F. Spray an 8×8 inch baking pan with nonstick baking spray. Set aside. Make the prune filling next: in a food processor, process 8 oz. of California Prunes with ¼ cup lemon juice, cinnamon, brown sugar and vanilla extract. Process for 1-2 minutes or until prunes are blended well into a paste. 
  • Now make the oatmeal crumb mixture: In a medium sized bowl, combine and mix together all of the dry ingredients: oatmeal, flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. Take your softened butter and using clean hands, mix into the dry ingredients until the mixture becomes crumbly. Spread half of the oatmeal mixture down into the pan and press it into the pan to create the base layer. 
  • Spread all of the prune mixture on top and be sure it’s spread evenly across the bottom oatmeal layer. Then sprinkle the remaining crumb mixture on top and press lightly into the prune paste.  Bake for 35 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Let cool completely and then cut into squares. 
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Nutrition

Serving: 1bar | Calories: 387kcal | Carbohydrates: 57.7g | Protein: 4.5g

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  1. I am one of the oddballs who love prunes and they are wonderful for your body. The kids even ate them which surprised me lol! I will be saving this recipe for making it again in the future.

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