Peach + Pecan Oat Crumble Bars

by amy on 26 June 2013

Peach + Pecan Oat Crumble BarsI love all types of fresh fruit. But, if I had to pick my favorite? Peaches, no question. And not just any peaches – local peaches in the height of peach season, preferably that I picked myself, are the absolute best. We haven’t been peach-picking yet this year, due to the cuddly new family member who’s keeping us busy, but I’m still able to get my hands on fresh, local peaches, thanks to the abundance of farmer’s markets in Nashville.

During our latest visit to the farmer’s market, I got a dozen awesome local peaches. While I ate a bunch of ‘em straight up, I wanted to use the remaining ones in a new-to-me dessert. And thus, these peach bars came into being. So, how were they? So darn good. The bars have three layers – the rich, decadent shortbread crust layer, a sweet/tart juicy fresh peach layer, then the delicious, buttery pecan + oat crumble topping. Put those three layers together + what do you have? One of the tastiest peach desserts I’ve ever eaten, that’s what! So, if you’re looking for a fabulous summer recipe to showcase in-season peaches, give these bars a try!

And if you’re looking for more scrumptious peach-centric recipes, check out my fresh peach lemonade + my peach + raspberry galette – both are AMAZING!

Peach + Pecan Oat Crumble Bars

Peach + Pecan Oat Crumble Bars

makes one 9×13″ pan, about 12-16 bars, adapted from thekitchn

ingredients

For The Base Dough:
1 cup unsalted butter, softened at room temperature for 1 hour
1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

For The Peach Filling:
2 pounds peaches, unpeeled (about 8 peaches), chopped into 1/2″ pieces
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt

For The Pecan Oat Topping:
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened at room temperature for 1 hour, divided
1 cup old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup flour
1 cup pecans, finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt

directions

Heat the oven to 350°F + lightly grease a 9×13-inch baking dish.

In the bowl of a stand mixer (or in a large bowl, using a hand mixer) cream the butter with the brown sugar + vanilla until light + fluffy. Turn off the mixer + add in the flour, salt, ginger, + cinnamon. Mix dry ingredients in just until the dough is soft + pulled together. Press the dough firmly into the bottom of the prepared baking pan + refrigerate while preparing the filling + topping.

Roughly chop the peaches into 1/2-inch pieces + toss with the sugar, cornstarch, + salt. Set aside.

Wipe out the mixer bowl + mix 1/4 cup softened butter with the oats, flour, pecans, cinnamon, + salt until soft + crumbly. Melt the remaining 1/4 cup butter + set aside to cool.

Spread the chopped peaches over the chilled dough base. Evenly crumble the topping over the peaches, + drizzle with the melted butter.

Bake for 45 minutes or until the topping is lightly browned.

Cool (or chill) for at least an hour before slicing + serving. I recommend keeping these in an airtight container in the fridge – they’re easier to cut when chilled + will last longer (about a week). I let the sliced bar(s) come up to room temperature for about 30 minutes before serving, but they’re tasty cold, too!

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1 Kathryn June 26, 2013 at 6:47 am

I love proper summer peaches – this looks like such a great way to use them!

2 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar June 26, 2013 at 6:58 am

Such a fabulous recipe for a summer get together! Love the flavour combination!

3 Rachel Cooks June 26, 2013 at 7:08 am

I love anything that involves cooked peaches and these look like they would be no exception! Yum!

4 dixya| food, pleasure, and health June 26, 2013 at 9:26 am

peaches are absolutely delightful this time of the year, im not much of a bar person but totally checking your peach lemonade out.

5 amy June 26, 2013 at 9:32 am

The peach lemonade is amazing, Dixya – you’ll have to try it + report back on how you like it!

6 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking June 26, 2013 at 9:39 am

I bet the juicy peaches in this crumble just make for the most amazing flavor! I love a good peach-pecan dessert, and since there’s lots of both here in Texas, I can see myself making these soon! Thanks for sharing, Amy. Hope you’re enjoying summer with your little lady!

7 amy June 26, 2013 at 9:48 am

So far, it’s going great – thank you, Georgia!

8 danielle June 26, 2013 at 9:59 am

I am going shopping today and definitely hitting the produce market here for some peaches – This may be a fun treat to make with the kids later.

9 alexandra @ sweet betweens blog June 26, 2013 at 10:26 am

I’m totally remedying being out of town when you made these by making these myself when I get back. They look so buttery + crumbly + delicious!

10 amy June 26, 2013 at 11:58 am

I know, it was so tragic that your going out of town coinciding with me making these – I totally wanted to share with you! If/when I make my next batch, you’ll be the first person I call. =)

11 Lesley Eats June 26, 2013 at 12:32 pm

First: yum.

Second: you can post right now? You need a new blog title. Like Fearless Superwoman. :D

12 amy June 26, 2013 at 12:56 pm

You are too sweet. =) But really, it’s all because Fearless Baby is proving to be super mellow + an excellent sleeper. I know there’s a good chance that the 2-4 hour naps a few times a day won’t last long (but i hope they will), so I’m making the most of cooking/baking/blogging during them while I can!

13 Adri June 26, 2013 at 1:11 pm

Oh, I hear you about peaches. They are luscious, and they just epitomize summer. Those Crumble Bars look great. I don’t think I have ever seen them with peaches. Nice job!

14 natalie@thesweetslife June 26, 2013 at 2:23 pm

looks like we’re on the same page with fruity desserts today :) yours look to die for! peaches have tasted like CANDY lately!

15 stephanie June 26, 2013 at 2:44 pm

Wow, these look awesome! The bars on thekitchn looked very wet, but you did not seem to have a problem. Good to know. I am off to check out your peach lemonade and galette…

16 amy June 26, 2013 at 3:01 pm

Stephanie, I noticed the same! I think they didn’t wait long enough for them to cool before cutting. I threw mine in the fridge to speed up the cooling process (because I was dying to try one) + didn’t have that problem. =)

17 Leah | So, How's It Taste? June 26, 2013 at 3:06 pm

Yum! Oat & fruit bars are amazing. I just love their texture.

18 Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl June 26, 2013 at 3:31 pm

I’m so impressed that you’re baking and blogging with a newborn! The summer I had my kiddo, I felt like I was doing good if I got a shower in before noon. :-) These bars sound so good, Amy…we love fresh peaches and usually get a bushel from a nearby orchard, so I’m always looking for ways to put ‘em to use.

19 CCU June 26, 2013 at 3:47 pm

You are so fabulous my friend to be able to continue blogging so well with your beautiful baby :D
These bars look super delicious and quite refreshing as a dessert :D

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru

20 Shannon June 26, 2013 at 7:12 pm

These look fabulous! Probably the only thing I like about summer is the wonderful fresh fruits and veggies we have available to us!

21 Kirsten June 26, 2013 at 7:40 pm

Amy,
My girl is working on her baking skillZ this summer, and I think this would be a great teaching tool for her.
Mainly because the grader (me) really wants to eat them!
Thanks!

22 Julie @ Table for Two June 26, 2013 at 9:14 pm

Peach bars sound so fantastic!! I would love to get my hands on these!!

23 Anna (Hidden Ponies) June 26, 2013 at 11:22 pm

I adore peaches, and pecans are a close second! I’ll definitely be trying these!

24 Jed Gray (sportsglutton) June 27, 2013 at 7:34 am

One of the best ways to used excessive summer fruits is making a crumble. These look delish!! Yum!!

25 Beth June 27, 2013 at 7:55 am

These look amazing! Our peach season hasn’t started yet, so I’ll have lots of opportunity to try out this recipe.

26 angela @ another bite please June 27, 2013 at 8:05 am

oh my fresh peaches…so jealous. we just have strawberry & blueberry picking here in WI. I would just fall over to have these at our farmers market.

27 Jessica@AKitchenAddiction June 27, 2013 at 8:46 am

I love peach season and these oat bars look like the perfect way to use the fresh peaches that are sitting on my counter!

28 Nik@ABrownTable June 27, 2013 at 11:16 am

Peaches are so much fun to eat plain and cook with. This would be perfect every morning for breakfast.

29 Elizabeth June 27, 2013 at 7:05 pm

Peaches are most definitely my favorite fresh fruit as well! Not only do these bars sound amazing, but that peach lemonade sounds so refreshing and incredible. Must make both of these soon!!

30 Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef June 27, 2013 at 9:29 pm

oh these bars look awesome. i can’t wait til peaches appear at our farmer’s market! prob in a few weeks. :)

31 Kalyan June 29, 2013 at 5:35 am

looks lovely & delicious…mouthwatering!

32 Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie July 2, 2013 at 10:53 am

Ooo the colors from the fruit are so pretty!

33 Fritz B. Frank July 12, 2013 at 2:33 am

Fresh ripe juicy peaches just scream summer don’t they!?! They are so refreshing even by themselves in this hot hot weather. I saw this recipe in Cooking Light recently and had it on my calendar to make when peaches came in at their peak. I then saw it pop up on several sites since then and hesitated to make it. But I got a bushel of local peaches and was having some ladies over and I just couldn’t resist. This was the perfect combination of sweet and tart and very refreshing! I ending up adding a little more water at the end to make it less concentrated because I don’t like things super tart and it worked perfectly.

34 Simona July 12, 2013 at 4:20 am

Goodness, those look so good. I can eat peaches all day, want to try this! Following you now on Pinterest!
Simona
http://www.lakenmoon.com

35 Erin @ Texanerin Baking September 19, 2013 at 1:19 pm

What the heck. I saw a pin that led over here and I was very confused when I got here. For some reason, I thought that you were taking a break with blogging after the baby came. I’ve missed months. :( I don’t know why I thought that! Ugh.

Anyway, these look great! Love the thick layer of fruit. :)

36 amy September 19, 2013 at 3:29 pm

Awww, I’m sorry! I wasn’t sure how often I’d blog after busy, but she’s been a mellow baby + a great sleeper, so I’ve kept up with posting once a week. Great to see you back here!

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