Chewy oatmeal bars with a homemade blackberry jam center and crumble topping. 

Chewy oatmeal bars with a homemade blackberry jam center and crumble topping

SAY HELLO TO THE NEW BROMA BAKERY! If you haven’t noticed, this little site got a big update this weekend! I am so happy with how it turned out, and so, so tired. My eyes hurt. My shoulders hurt. My brain hurts. But this is the fruit of my labor and I absolutely love it.

Around the site, you’ll find:

-An improved recipe index and archives page so it’s easier to scroll through recipes
-New fonts, colors, and formatting (I kind of love black and white)
-New headshots!
-A new logo, done by the totally talented and my go-to caligraphy girl Kimmie Noel
-…and more. Like killer backend work by my web dude (thank you, Kenny!)

I am so curious and excited to hear what you think, and welcome any comments or feedback about the new changes. It’s all for you, peeps, so I want you to be happy!

Now, onto these bars… 

Chewy oatmeal bars with a homemade blackberry jam center and crumble topping

There’s something about blackberry that makes it way cooler than any other berry. Is it the name? The color? Who knows, but ‘Blackberry [insert baked good here]’ sounds so… exotic.

OK, maybe exotic isn’t the best word. I’m running on fumes here.

These crumble bars are an ideal treat for spring. They’ve got fruit, but are also substantial in terms of size and heartiness. They’re good on a warm or cold day. Cravings get satisfied and sweet tooths get sweeted.

Yeah I’m definitely fading here. Roll with it.

Chewy oatmeal bars with a homemade blackberry jam center and crumble topping

They’re delish with a glass of milk, or with a dollop of ice cream. Or both. And picky eaters and food fanatics alike will love ’em.

Pretty perfect, I’d say.

Going to go pass out now. I love you all.

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Blackberry Crumble Bars

Chewy oatmeal bars with a homemade blackberry jam center and crumble topping
  • Author: Sarah Fennel
  • Prep Time: 25 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 55 mins
  • Yield: 9 large bars 1x
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Ingredients

For the blackberry jam

  • 16 ounces blackberries
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the oatmeal bar

  • 1/2 cup salted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, cook the blackberries, sugar, and water for 15 minutes. Mash the blackberries as they cook to help them break down. You know the mixture is ready when it resembles the texture of jam and pulls away from the bottom of the pan. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla extract, and allow to cool slightly.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F and line an 8″x8″ glass pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
  3. In a standing mixer fitted with paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugars for 1-2 minutes, until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract for another minute.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg. Stir flour mixture, along with oats, into the wet ingredients.
  5. Place half of batter into prepared pan, spreading to the edges. Dollop in blackberry jam. Break remaining oatmeal batter into pieces and place over jam. Bake for 30 mins, or until a knife inserted in the center of the bars comes out clean. Allow to cool slightly before serving!

 

35 comments

Tori//Gringalicious
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Hmmmm, how can I say this without sounding rude…….GIMME,GIMME, GIMME! Haha, these bars look incredible Sarah!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Not rude at all. It is welcomed 🙂

Marina @ A Dancer's Live-It
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I LOVE the new look Sarah! You are the cutest person ever, the headshots are adorable and the recipe index is awesome! 🙂 Speaking of awesome, these blackberry crumble bars though…..YES.

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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THANK YOU Marina! That is so sweet of you. I’m SO glad you like it!

Lucia @ The Foodwright
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Not only are these bars beautiful & totally drool-worthy, but the new site looks GREAT!!! It fits you so well. Love it, Sarah!!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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THANK YOU!! The fact that you say fits me so well makes me soOoOo happy! Thank you, thank you!

Patricia Johnso
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Ooh, I’m looking forward to trying these! I have a couple of questions — unsalted or salted butter? And, approximately how much of the blackberry jam is used? I have my own papaya jam that I’d like to use, but I’m hoping for an estimate of how much I’d need. Thank you!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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I always use salted butter- others may disagree, but I love it! And I used all of the jam– it was maybe 3/4 cup? Papaya sounds AMAZING! Would love to hear how they turn out 🙂

Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
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Love these bars and love your new (site) look!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thank you Jennifer!! <3

Megan @ Meg is Well
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I love the new look! The calligraphy is an awesome special touch that really pulls the black and white look together. I know what you mean about blackberries. I think it’s the deep color that seems sort of bottomless that gives it something special over other berries.

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thank you- I totally love it, but it’s so nice to hear that you agree too! Thank you, thank you!

Monique @ Ambitious Kitchen
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1. Site is gorgeous and super proud of you for making it so lovely!!!
2. THE LAST PHOTO. I just passed out. That’s how breathtaking it is.

#mamalikey

Ellie | Hungry by Nature
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The new site is stunning! I love the black and white – as well as the headshots!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thank you Ellie! I’m so happy with the black and white. So glad you enjoy it, too!

Hope
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These look so delicious – I can’t wait to try a warm one fresh out of the oven! Love the new recipe index too! Congrats! 🙂

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thank you so much, Hope! So appreciated 🙂

Gaby Dalkin
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The new site looks amazing, Sarah! And these blackberry crumble bars need to be made ASAP. I think exotic is the right word.

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Ugh, glad you think so. Because I was totally beat last night and couldn’t find my adjectives. <3

Rachel @ Rachel Cooks
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Everything, including these bars, looks absolutely amazing!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thank you galpal! You are too sweet 🙂

Medha @ Whisk & Shout
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Love the new site! So gorgeous- I’m a black and white kinda person, too. Also totally loving these blackberry crumb bars; they’re super photogenic, I cannot decide which picture to pin! 🙂

Erica
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BEAUTIFUL SITE WOMAN!!! I love how sleek the whole thing is, and you look so pretty in your headshots!
These bars look to die for amazing. Totally ready for spring!!

Liz @ Floating Kitchen
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Love the new look, Sarah! And love these blackberry bars. Everything is just gorgeous. XOXO!

ricettevegolose
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They are so wonderful! As the new site is 😉

TIM
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HAVE YOU TRIED THIS WITH OTHER FRUIT BESIDES BLACKBERRIES?

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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No, but I’m sure other berries like raspberries and blueberries would be fantastic!

Joanne
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I was thinking that something changed around here, but thought it was maybe just my pregnancy brain playing tricks on me. Kind of comforting that it’s not lol. I LOVE how clean it looks! SO pretty and makes me want to eat all the food even more than normal…which is a LOT.

I am all about all the berries lately, so these bars are music to my ears! Err, belly!

Francisca
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The bars look absolutely delicious!=)
And if I loved the old Broma Bakery, this new one it’s amazing!
Congrats, it is really beautiful, I love it! Great taste!

Lyndsay // Coco Cake Land
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THESE LOOK. SO. DELICIOUS!!! Random punctuation required. Your blog is so pretty, can’t wait to have a look around!

Shannon
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These look amazing! Your photos are beautiful!

Ana
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These bars are so good! I used whole wheat pastry flour (I have a lot leftover from your Whole Wheat Ginger Blueberry Crumble Bars recipe) and it turned out great! Thanks for the recipe!

LLBR
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These bars have been in regular rotation in our house for a few months now and so I figured it’s about time I thank you for the recipe … Thanks, Sarah! I usually sub in 1/2 cup spelt for an equal amount of AP flour and use almond extract in the jam. A favorite!

Sofi | Broma Bakery
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YUM. So happy you all like these!

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