Add the flour and the baking soda; mix well. Blend in extract.
Stir in oats.
Spread mixture in bottom of greased 13×9 inch pan.
Spread with preserves to within 1/2 inch of outer edge of pan.
Sprinkle with almonds.
Bake at 375 degrees for 22 to 25 minutes.
Cool and cut into bars.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Grease 13×9 inch pan
Note 1: Experiment with different flavor combinations of extract, nuts and preserves.
Note 2: Oats can be old-fashioned or quick, but not instant.
“Very popular in our house. A great way to use up last year’s jam when the new batches look more enticing for toast. I used huckleberry jam. I reserved some of the crust to put on the top in place of the almonds because nuts are banned at our school.”