Strawberry Streusel Bars

Although strawberry picking season here in the midwest is over, that doesn't mean I can't take advantage of the strawberries that are continuously growing out in the west! I definitely do my best to eat locally whenever possible but this time of year, I'm a sucker for strawberries. I recently purchased a few pounds of strawberries on sale and was so excited to try some recipes. One recipe was for these Strawberry Streusel Bars. These bars have a buttery crust, fruity strawberry layer and a crumbly, nutty topping. They're not too sweet and perfect for either breakfast or a sweet snack any time of day. Using a combination of jarred strawberry preserves and fresh strawberries, these bars are chock full of strawberries. I love the buttery crust which can hold it's own without crumbling. The crust mixture is also used for the topping and when baked, it comes out crunchy and nutty, allowing the pecans to shine through. If you're not a strawberry fan, you can probably use other fruits as well including blueberries, raspberries, or even blackberries!