My husband text me a couple of days ago telling me he had a great idea for a treat. So, I needed to know what he was craving and he had come up with french vanilla crumb muffins. I have to keep his sweet tooth happy or else! Yes, or else he will whine for weeks about wanting it. I started working my brain gears for some creativity. I came up with French Vanilla Crumb Bars because bars are always a lot easier to make than muffins, in my opinion.
Wesley was so excited that I took the time to come up with something to fit his craving. He ran around cheering like a child. I love this about him. I feel like super wife when he gets this excited.
So, this is what it looks like. It was a little less vanilla and a little more cake like than I wanted but I’ll work out the bugs at a later date.
I’ll just get down to business and give you my recipe!
French Vanilla Crumb Bars
1 c. butter (2 sticks), room temperate
1 c. sugar
1/2 c. french vanilla creamer (I used International Delight Fat Free French Vanilla)
1 t. vanilla
1/2 t. salt
1 t. baking soda
1/2 t. cinnamon
1 1/2 c flour
1/2 c. butter, cold and cubed
1 c. brown sugar, firmly packed
1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1 c. quick cooking oats
1/4 c. French Vanilla creamer
Grease and dust with flour a 9×13 cake pan. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, mix the butter and sugar until creamy. Then add the french vanilla creamer, vanilla and eggs. Mix until combined. In a separate bowl, combine salt, baking soda, cinnamon, and flour. Gradually mix the flour mixture into the butter mixture and beat until just combined. Pour into the 9×13 pan. (I lightly tap on the counter to get the bubbled out of the batter)
In a medium size bowl, add the cubed butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, flour, and oats. Mix until it looks like sand. (about 2-3 minutes) Then add the french vanilla creamer and mix until just combined. Crumble on top of the batter and place in the preheated oven. Bake 43-45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool in the pan. Cut and serve.
I used parchment paper to line my pan so I can just pull it out of the pan after it was cooled. I greased and floured it like I would the pan.
Just an update on my weight loss, I have lost 26 pounds all together. I am so proud of myself! I did have some of these bars though and I must say, DELICIOUS.