Berry Baked Oatmeal Bars

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These baked oatmeal bars are such an easy and convenient way to enjoy oatmeal for breakfast or as a snack. They’re easily customizable and great for kids and adults!

Everyone has been going wild over my baked oatmeal recipes so I thought I would create a new variation to get you hooked on… baked oatmeal bars! I love these bars because they’re perfect for meal prepping, portable and who doesn’t love bars?! The best part? They’re super similar to my regular baked oatmeal recipes or my baked oatmeal cups… I just modified the ingredients a little bit so you get bars that hold their shape better and are easier to package up and take on the go. They’re basically a mix between a bowl of oatmeal and a soft granola bar.

Oatmeal bars made with strawberries and blueberries stacked on a plate.

Like most of my baked oatmeal recipes, these oatmeal bars are vegan and gluten-free. Prep them ahead of time and take them for on-the-go breakfasts and snacks!

This is a great recipe to get your kids involved with! If they’re old enough, they can help measure out the ingredients otherwise you can measure and the kids can dump everything into a large bowl! Stir it all up and pour into a pan.

Berry oatmeal bars cut into squares.

What You Need + Common Substitutions

  • oats – make sure you grab gluten-free oats if needed!
  • maple syrup – you can also use honey.
  • baking powder – to help the bars rise.
  • cinnamon – for a little spice.
  • salt – just a pinch.
  • almond milk – I like using unsweetened vanilla almond milk, but any milk will work. Use whatever you have on hand.
  • applesauce – I prefer using unsweetened applesauce. If you don’t have any applesauce on hand or simply not a fan you can use 1/4 cup mashed banana instead of the applesauce.
  • coconut oil – butter will work too.
  • vanilla – the perfect flavor enhancer.
  • ground flaxseed – if you don’t have flaxseed, you can use 1 egg instead.
  • berries – both fresh and frozen work for this recipe, but I prefer fresh because they don’t release as much liquid as frozen berries do. I used a blend of fresh blueberries and strawberries for this recipe, but any berries will work.

I love berries in this recipe, but feel free to experiment with different mix-ins… most fruits should work and chocolate chips would be delicious as well.

Glass mixing bowl with the batter for berry oatmeal bars.

Storing & Serving

I’ve tried so many different ways of storing and serving these bars. Here’s what I recommend:

  • Let the bars cool completely. They can cool in the pan or on a wire rack if you want to speed up the process. I can’t stress enough… be patient and make sure they are 100% cool!
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer. Place your cooled bars in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week or the freezer for 2-3 months. I don’t recommend storing these at room temperature.
  • Pop them in the toaster oven! You can absolutely eat these bars cold, but I prefer to reheat them in a toaster oven before eating. The bars get a little crispy around the outside and perfectly heated throughout! You can also heat them up in the microwave. Just wrap in a damp paper towel and cook for 20-30 seconds or until warm.

Oatmeal bars made with strawberries and blueberries stacked on a plate.

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Berry Baked Oatmeal Bars

4 from 33 votes
These baked oatmeal bars are such an easy and convenient way to enjoy oatmeal for breakfast or as a snack. They're easily customizable and great for kids and adults!
Berry oatmeal bars cut into squares.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups rolled old fashioned oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk, or your fave milk
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup, or honey
  • 2 Tablespoons ground flaxseed
  • 2 teaspoons melted coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup fresh berries + 1/2 cup more for topping, I used blueberries and chopped strawberries

Instructions
 

  • Set oven: Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Mix ingredients: Combine all ingredients except for the berries in a large bowl. Stir until combined and gently fold in 1 cup of berries.
  • Spread batter: Pour into a 8x8 square baking pan lined with parchment. Evenly spread batter in pan and top with remaining berries. I think it looks really pretty with sliced strawberries on top.
  • Bake: Cook for 30-35 minutes or until bars are cooked through and hold their shape.
  • Let cool+ enjoy: Remove from the oven, cool and then cut into 6 bars and enjoy.
  • Store: Store leftover bars in the fridge for up to 1 week. Enjoy cold or reheat in a toaster oven.

Notes

oats – make sure you grab gluten-free oats if needed!
maple syrup – you can also use honey.
almond milk – I like using unsweetened vanilla almond milk, but any milk will work. Use whatever you have on hand.
applesauce – I prefer using unsweetened applesauce. If you don't have any applesauce on hand or simply not a fan you can use 1/4 cup mashed banana instead of the applesauce.
coconut oil – butter will work too.
ground flaxseed – if you don't have flaxseed, you can use 1 egg instead.
berries – both fresh and frozen work for this recipe, but I prefer fresh because they don't release as much liquid as frozen berries do. I used a blend of fresh blueberries and strawberries for this recipe, but any berries will work.

Nutrition

Serving: 1bar Calories: 191kcal Carbohydrates: 34g Protein: 4g Fat: 5g Saturated Fat: 2g Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g Sodium: 296mg Fiber: 7g Sugar: 13g
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: oatmeal bars

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    46 comments
    1. Angela R
      July 10, 2021 AT 9:16 pm

      5 stars
      Love these berry bars 😋 I used strawberries and blackberries as that’s what I had on hand, great for a snack or my favorite, for breakfast served with some greek yoghurt, yummy 😍

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 12, 2021 AT 11:10 am

        I’m so glad these oatmeal bars have a been a hit, Angela! Thanks so much for trying them and coming back to leave a review. I really appreciate it!

    2. Lauren
      April 12, 2021 AT 10:34 am

      5 stars
      I absolutely loved these! So easy to make and so yum! I drizzled mine with some peanut butter 🙂 thank you for sharing this recipe! 💛

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 12, 2021 AT 11:10 am

        Yay!! So glad you loved these oatmeal bars, Lauren. Thanks for making them and coming back to leave a review. It means the world to me!

    3. Deborah Brenn
      October 19, 2020 AT 5:19 pm

      5 stars
      I made these but I am in the cooling stage so I haven’t tasted them yet. I adore your kids!! 1 question, in the FB post it used baking powder but in your listing it said baking soda. ??

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 20, 2020 AT 2:12 pm

        Hey Deborah – Are you talking about the video? Both the video and ingredient list use baking powder, so I’m not sure where you saw baking soda.

        1. Deborah Brenn
          October 20, 2020 AT 9:59 pm

          5 stars
          It was in the October 16th kid’s recipe listed as the 2nd ingredient. They have cooled and they taste great!

    4. Kristin
      October 1, 2020 AT 5:32 pm

      5 stars
      This was a HUGE hit during the summertime with the abundance of fresh berries! I loved how sweet it was, yet kept me so full due to the oats. Very very delicious.

    5. BETTY P
      August 25, 2020 AT 6:59 pm

      5 stars
      These were good! I only put blueberries in it since I didn’t have any strawberries or other berries. I did add some grated lemon peel which is something I like as in a muffin and I used bananas instead of applesauce. They came out good. Matter of fact, I cannot stop eating them. I am going to put them in the freezer and forget about them for a while.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 25, 2020 AT 8:48 pm

        Ahh yay! I’m so pumped that you’re loving these bars, Betty. I so appreciate you making them and coming back to leave a comment + star rating. 🙂

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