My close friends know I do not like fruit in my dessert. While you may think this is crazy talk, I have met several people who agree with me, so I know I'm alone. I will pass on a cobbler or fruit pie at the end of a meal and go without dessert altogether - Lord knows I don't NEED to eat dessert.
Those same close friends may be puzzled about why I bake these oatmeal bars and actually like them. I like to keep people guessing! Also, I've had enough fruit and oatmeal bars in the church fellowship hall to zero in on exactly what I want, and these are them.
For starters, the bottom crust is so buttery and delicious, more like a cookie than a crisp oatmeal cracker. I dare you not to sneak a second bite of the crumble after you mix the ingredients.
The middle fruit layer can be literally anything your family likes. My preference is a thin layer of strawberry or raspberry preserves, but you could substitute a homemade seasonal jam or jar of something else.