Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Creamy Citrus Bars

adapted from TastyKitchen

2- 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup lemon (or lime) juice
zest of lemon (or lime)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1.5 cups flour
1 cup oatmeal
1 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup melted butter
1 teaspoon baking powder
dash of salt

Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
Combine milk, citrus juice and zest. Mix well and set aside.
Mix remaining ingredients until crumbly..
Press half of the dry mixture into a lightly greased 9x13 baking dish.
Pour the sweetened condensed milk mixture over top.
Finish by sprinkling remaining dry mixture over the top of the citrus filling, and gently press.
Bake for 25-30 minutes.
Cool completely then store in the refrigerator.

I first found this recipe a couple years ago, and instantly fell in love. I was going through a lemon phase, and this recipe filled my need for all things lemon. I doubled the sweetened condensed milk and juice from the original recipe because I needed it to have a little more zip. About a year later I went through a lime phase, and revamped this recipe to be my ultimate lime dream. To tweak it to a lime lover's delight, use lime juice and add 1/2 cup of shredded coconut. And it will transform into the best thing on earth. This recipe is fool proof, and easy!