It’s a nuisance looking for something sweet to eat after every meal…you feel as though you haven’t really completed your meal..and then the quest begins! And the guilt that follows! Oh well…there’s sweet tooth, there’s savory tooth, and then there’s TEETH. I’ve got the TEETH :P
I got this recipe from Betul (sis-in-law and dear friend). If you have the ingredients at hand, it’s one of the easiest things to make…but be warned, it is SWEET!! But there’s a fix to the sweetness if you aren’t really into it…because the main ingredient that gives it’s sweetness is the Pie Filling..so you can just make your own pie filling, but then it wouldn’t be that ‘easy’ to make would it? :))
I used almond flakes, but I guess you can use any other kind of nut too… oh yes and one more thing, when I originally had eaten this, it was made with strawberry pie filling, hence the name. But as I didn’t have any, I substituted with blueberry pie filling. I kept the name as is…and by the way..they are ‘dream’ bars! Trust me :))
- 1 pack white cake mix
- 6 tbsp butter (85 grams), room temperature
- 1¼ cup oats
- 1 egg
- 1 can pie filling
- ½ cup oats
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup nuts, chopped
- 2 tbsp butter (28 grams), room temperature
- One cup of the base mixture
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13x2 inch baking dish
- Combine all the base ingredients in the bowl of a standup mixer, fitted with a paddle attachment. Beat until well combined.
- Set one cup aside to be used for the top.
- Press the remaining onto the bottom of the baking dish.
- Pour the pie filling over the base and even it out all overusing a spatula.
- In the bowl of a stand up mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine all the ingredients for the top, except for the nuts (if you're using almond flakes they'll break during the mixing process). Add the one cup reserved from the base mixture.
- Mix for 3 minutes, or until the texture is crumbly, on medium speed.
- Add the almonds and mix with a spatula.
- Crumble on top of pie filling.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown on top.