Blackberry Almond Streusel Bars

Blackberry Almond Streusel Bars are the perfect sweet treat for any gathering. In this recipe, a quick buttery crumb mixture of oats, almonds and sugar is pressed into a pan and partially baked, spread with seedless blackberry jam, sprinkled with fresh blackberries and reserved crumb mixture before baking once more until golden. Yields 12 to 18 bars depending on how you cut them.

Blackberry Almond Streusel Bars

Looking for a simple dessert recipe that will feed a small crowd?

I’ve got you. Because these blackberry almond streusel bars are it! And bonus! it’s quick and easy.

Years ago, I made a similar strawberry version and have been thinking of switching things up and using blackberries instead. Then made a last minute decision to throwing some almonds into the crust. Because almonds and blackberries are a match made in heaven.

Blackberry Almond Streusel Bars

The results? a deliciously crisp yet melt-in-your-mouth dessert bar.

Blackberry Almond Streusel Bars ingredients

To Make These Blackberry Almond Streusel Bars You will Need:

  • old fashioned rolled oatsAdds a chewy texture to the bars.
  • unbleached all-purpose flourHelps bind the mixture.
  • sliced almondsWill lend crunch and add a nutty component to this recipe.
  • granulated (white) sugarAdds sweetness to the streusel.
  • light brown sugarAdds a subtle caramel like sweetness. Both sugars will aid in crisping the streusel when baked.
  • baking powderTypically you don’t see this in streusel but keeps the crust tender.
  • baking sodaSimilar the ingredient listed above, you don’t see this in streusel but can aid in browning.
  • fine saltThis balances out the sweetness. Never leave out the salt in a recipe.
  • ground cinnamon – Adds warmth and depth to the streusel.
  • cold unsalted butterThis is what binds the streusel together so you get those crisp buttery lumps of streusel.
  • seedless blackberry jamAdds a layer of sweetness and acts as a filling of sorts.
  • lemon zestBrightens up the blackberry jam mixture with citrusy notes.
  • lemon juiceAdding this will add flavor, thin out the jam a smidge making it more spreadable.
  • vanilla extractEnhances the flavor of the blackberry jam filling.
  • almond extractAlso enhances the flavor of the filling and accentuates the almonds in the streusel.
  • fresh blackberriesThese will pop through the streusel adding texture and flavor.

dry ingredients in bowl

Preheat your oven to 350°.

In a large mixing bowl, measure and add 1-1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled outs, 1-1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup sliced almonds, 3/4 cups both granulated and light brown sugars, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon soda, 1/2 teaspoon fine salt and 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon.

stir to combine

Stir to combine.

add cold butter

Add in 2 sticks cold unsalted butter.

use a pastry cutter to cut butter into dry ingredients

Use a pastry cutter to blend the flour mixture into the butter.

streusel mixture

Doing this will also crush the almonds a little.

reserve 1-1/2 cups

Once you’ve made the streusel, reserve 1-1/2 cups and refrigerate until ready to use.

transfer remaining to a pan

Dump the remaining streusel crumb mixture into the bottom of a 10×15 jelly roll pan.

press into pan

Use the flat side of a glass or measuring cup to press the crust into the pan. Partially bake the crust on the middle rack of your preheated oven for 10 minutes rotating the pan halfway through. Remove and set off to the side.

jam

Meanwhile, add 6 ounces seedless blackberry jam into a saucepan along with lemon zest and the juice of 1/2 a small lemon.

jam, zest, lemon juice and vanilla and almond extract

Heat on medium-low, stirring until warmed and thinned out. Remove off of the heat and stir in 3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract and 1/2 teaspoon almond extract.

pour jam on warm crust

Pour the warmed blackberry jam over the crust.

sprinkle with berries

Spread evenly and top with 12 ounces blackberries. Cut the berries in half if they are large.

sprinkle with streusel topping

Top with the reserved streusel topping.

streusel before baking

Continue baking on the middle rack for 20 to 22 minutes, rotating halfway through baking.

blackberry almond streusel baked

Remove and let cool slightly.

close up of baked Blackberry Almond Streusel Bars

I wish you could smell this.

missing piece of Blackberry Almond Streusel Bars

Slice.

Blackberry Almond Streusel Bars

And serve.

Blackberry Almond Streusel Bars

Extremely easy to eat as is, but more messy and yet extra delicious served with vanilla ice cream.

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Blackberry Almond Streusel Bars

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Blackberry Almond Streusel Bars

Blackberry Almond Streusel Bars are the perfect sweet treat for any gathering. In this recipe, a quick buttery crumb mixture of oats, almonds and sugar is pressed into a pan and partially baked, spread with seedless blackberry jam, sprinkled with fresh blackberries and reserved crumb mixture before baking once more until golden.

Yields 12 to 18 bars depending on how you cut them.

Course Desserts & Sweet Treats
Cuisine American
Keyword baking, bars, blackberry, cookout recipe, spring dessert, streusel, summer dessert
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 18 servings
Calories 295kcal
Author Laurie McNamara

Ingredients

  • cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt sea or himalayan
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup cold unsalted butter
  • 6 ounces seedless blackberry jam
  • 1 small lemon zested
  • 1/2 small lemon juiced
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 12 ounces fresh blackberries halved if large

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350°.
  • In a large bowl, measure and add oats, flour, almonds, sugars, baking powder, baking soda, salt and ground cinnamon. Stir to combine.
  • Add in the cold butter and use a pastry blender to cut the butter into the dry ingredients until you get a coarse crumb. Reserve 1½ cups of this crumb mixture and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • Transfer the remaining crumbs mixture to a 10×15 jelly roll pan and use the flat side of a measuring cup or glass to firmly press this mixture flat.

    Bake on the middle for 10 minutes, rotating halfway through.

  • Meanwhile, combine the jam, lemon zest and juice in a small sauce pan. Heat on medium-low, stirring until the jam is smooth and pourable. Remove off the heat and add in vanilla and almond extracts.
  • Pour the jam mixture over the partially baked crust and spread evenly. Top with blackberries and reserved crumb mixture.
  • Return pan to your oven and bake for 20 to 22 minutes, rotating halfway through to ensure even browning.
  • Remove and let cool. Cut and serve as is or with ice cream.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 295kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 127mg | Potassium: 140mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 356IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 1mg