PEACH PIE BARS
1 cup plus 3 tablespoons flour (can use a mix of whole-wheat)
1/2 cup rolled oats
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1/3 cup brown sugar or sugar in the raw
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
7 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons cold water
1/2 cup pecans, finely chopped
4 peaches, chopped
1 teaspoon pure lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon cornstarch
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
3 tablespoons brown sugar
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare an 8-by-8-inch baking dish with cooking spray or overlapping parchment paper for easy removal.
DOUGH: Whisk together 1 cup flour, rolled oats, brown sugar and 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon in the base of a food processor fitted with a dough blade, or a large bowl.
Add in the butter, one tablespoon at a time, either pulsing the butter into the food processor or cut the butter into the dough using a dough cutter until crumbly.
Add in the water and pulse or stir until the dough comes together.
Remove 3/4 cup of the dough and set aside.
Press the rest of the dough into the prepared pan.
FILLING: Stir together the chopped peaches, remaining 3 tablespoons flour, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, lemon juice, vanilla extract, cornstarch, nutmeg and brown sugar until well combined.
Pour on the prepared crust in a single layer.
Mix together the remaining dough with chopped pecans and sprinkle on top.
Bake 35-40 minutes until golden brown.
Remove from oven and let cool completely. The bars need to cool completely for the filling to set.
Slice into 12 bars and serve.