Persimmon Oatmeal Bars

by Bethany Plonski December. 16, 2018 322 views

Our persimmons finally seem to be ripe now, so this weekend I had to decide what to do with them. I'm a big fan of quick breakfasts during the work week, and it's been cold and rainy, so a warm quick breakfast is even better! I also like to cook in batches to save time, and my mom got me hooked on baked oatmeal a few years back. So I landed on a cross between baked oatmeal and oatmeal bars.

I like the taste of persimmons, but their texture was a little strange to me, so for this recipe, I pureed them with maple syrup, cardamom, and cinnamon. Then I layered the puree in the middle of the oatmeal, which kept the oatmeal from being too dry. Pretty delicious!

This has been one of the rainiest months I can remember, so I've also been stuck inside taking lots of pictures of food! I still have a lot to learn about food photography and indoor lighting, but it's been fun trying to figure things out. That said, I am embarrassed to tell you how many pictures I took to end up with a few I actually like.

The glare on the back of the plate just irks me...

The glare on the back of the plate just irks me...

The bars themselves aren't quite as photogenic as I was hoping, but they taste good, so that will have to do for now. :)

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Jay Boggess 10 months, 2 weeks ago

Lovely luscious images & great info! Thanks!
Best Wishes & Prayers for great health, safety, love & prosperity, in the New Year, for You & Yours!

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Shane Coleman 11 months ago

Looks delicious. Every time I see something like this, I always say I would like to do something similar and it would be much healthier for me.

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Shane Coleman 11 months ago

Thank you! I really do love baked oatmeal as a prep-ahead breakfast for the week. It's surprisingly filling for a meal that doesn't have a standard protein.

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Camellia Staab 11 months ago

I don't know how many pictures you took but these pictures are very nice. I like persimmons as long as they are ripe, ripe. Once I got into one that was not ripe and the texture was jut awful tasting.

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Camellia Staab 11 months ago

Thank you! I'm not sure if I know exactly what a ripe one should taste like since I've only tried them twice, but I've heard they are super sour if you eat them too early when they are still green or light orange. They take a really long time to ripen too.

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Russell Smith 11 months ago

Hmmmm This looks great . Any chance of a recipe ?

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Russell Smith Replied to Russell Smith 11 months ago

Disfuse the light . If you do not have a disfuser and you have parchment paper that works. Piece of white poster board or tape some white parchment paper (Styrofoam chunk works too) to help fill in a shadow area.  If you have a glare on an item try a CPL (polarizing) Filter on the lens .  I have taken hundreds of shots in a day to get one I like and somedays it is like nope none of these work .

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Russell Smith 11 months ago

Thank you! I followed this recipe for the most part: https://www.greenschemetv.net/oatmeal-persimmon-bars/ The main changes I made were adding cinnamon and cardamom, using slightly less oil, slightly more coconut sugar, and a lot more persimmon for the filling (I didn't keep count but I'm guessing it was 6-8. However, I was also using their centers for decorative slices on top). Oh, and I used oat flour because I had some in the pantry.

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Bethany Plonski 11 months ago

And thank you so much for the suggestions on diffusing. I have one CPL, but it's the wrong size for the lens I have been using, so I tried parchment paper tonight and it definitely helps! Good to know.

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Sherry Hill 11 months ago

first, they look delicious and i'm googling baked oatmeal bars right after this.. :)
and i like your photographs. your backgrounds are clean, no noise and clutter.. i am having a hard time with glare too, even in a light box.. shiny plates.

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Sherry Hill 11 months ago

Thank you! Glare has been one of the biggest challenges, so I was glad to see Russell's comment above about diffusing the light. Tried that tonight and it made a big difference even with a ridiculous little contraption I rigged up. Sometimes I feel like such a nut running around the house moving lamps and furniture for all this! smile

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Sherry Hill Replied to Bethany Plonski 11 months ago

i just did the same thing, built a cheesy light box out of a cardboard box and tissue paper..

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Antonio Gil 11 months ago

Love #4. It looks so tasty.

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Antonio Gil 11 months ago

Thank you! That was the one I felt least confident about. I'm glad you liked it!

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