pluot crumb bars

Have you ever tried a pluot? A hybrid of plum and apricot, the pluot displays mostly plum characteristics, including smooth skin. I used the firm, tangy-sweet fruit in these crumb bars, layering slices between a cookie butter-oatmeal crumb crust and topping. With notes of gingerbread and caramel, the cookie butter adds a warming spice variation to my standard crumb preparation. If you can’t find pluots, substitute ripe plums.

Pluot Crumb Bars
5 or 6 medium pluots, thinly sliced
1/4 to 1/3 cup sugar (depending on sweetness of fruit)
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup rolled oats
2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
1/2 cup cookie butter
1 large egg, lightly beaten

Preheat oven to 375°F and spray a 13 x 9-inch baking dish with nonstick spray. Combine pluots, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla in a small bowl; set aside. Whisk together oats, flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Cut in melted butter and cookie butter with a pastry cutter until dough is crumbly. Fold in egg with a spatula until incorporated.

Press 3/4 of the dough evenly into bottom of prepared baking dish. Pour off excess liquid from pluots and arrange slices in a single layer over crust. Sprinkle remaining dough over fruit layer. Bake for 25 to 28 minutes, or until the top and edges are golden. Cool bars completely in pan on a wire rack, then cut into squares with a sharp knife. Store bars in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 3 days.

Yield – 24 bars (serving size: 1 bar)
Calories – 135
Carbs – 21

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  1. says

    I love this simple crumb bar recipe with the plutots! It’s the perfect recipe to show off this wonderful fruit, funny that they are a hybrid of apricot and plum because I always think of them as a kind of plum.

  2. says

    Laura, how awesome. I am not sure I have tasted one, nor seen one… and I managed a fresh produce market for a decade! Lovely recipe, thanks for sharing xox

  3. Lora @cakeduchess says

    Pluots are wonderful in baking and I would love a couple of these bars now for breakfast;) They look wonderful and so summery:)

  4. says

    Every spring and summer I look for these. But have yet to find them, so plums are the way to go for me. Crumb bars are one of my favorites. Thanks for sharing, they look delicious.

  5. says

    You know, I think I might have had these before… pluots I mean, though perhaps I didn’t realise at the time that it wasn’t just a plum. Lovely little bars Laura :)

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