Richly sweetened with all-fruit preserves, these vegan jam bars are an enjoyable treat for kids and adults alike.
Whether you’re looking for anytime snack or a grab-and-go breakfast, these easy jam bars will appeal to your sweet tooth. Use natural all-fruit preserves to keep the sugar content on the modest side.
Oats, walnuts, and whole wheat pastry flour (or light spelt flour) make this a good-for-you treat. Enjoy with sliced apples or pears in the cooler months, and with fresh berries in summer.
The scoop on whole wheat pastry flour
Any whole grain flour, whether hard-wheat bread flour or soft-wheat pastry flour, is better for you because it retains the bran and germ of the whole wheat berry—fiber, vitamins, and minerals are left intact. Whole wheat pastry flour is milled from soft winter wheat, which has a lower gluten content than whole wheat bread flour.
Bread flour and pastry flours aren’t interchangeable; each does its job in a specific way. Pastry flour has a finer, more powdery texture than bread flour, making it good for cookies, muffins, cakes, and other pastries. It’s also wonderful in pancakes, waffles, and savory pies.
If you find that your palate needs to adjust, use a mixture of whole wheat pastry flour and unbleached white flour. After a while, you may find, as I did, that you prefer the pastry flour straight.
Whole wheat pastry flour—often organic—is easy to find in natural foods stores and well-stocked supermarkets. Keep in mind that whole wheat pastry flour (and other whole-grain flours) are more perishable than refined flours, so if you don’t use it up quickly, keep it refrigerated.
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