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.

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
  • cinnamon
  • salt
  • almond milk – I like using unsweetened vanilla almond milk, but any milk will work. Use whatever you have on hand.
  • applesauce
  • coconut oil – butter will work too.
  • vanilla
  • 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.

More Fun Oatmeal Recipes to Try:

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Berry oatmeal bars cut into squares.

Berry Baked Oatmeal Bars


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

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!


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

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Combine all ingredients except for the berries in a large bowl. Stir until combined and gently fold in 1 cup of berries. Pour into a 8×8 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.
  3. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until bars are cooked through and hold their shape. Remove from the oven, cool and then cut into 6 bars and enjoy. Store leftover bars in the fridge for up to 1 week. Enjoy cold or reheat in a toaster oven.
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 bar
  • Calories: 191
  • Sugar: 13g
  • Sodium: 296mg
  • Fat: 5g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 2g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 34g
  • Fiber: 7g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

Keywords: oatmeal bars

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Recipe rating

    44 comments
    1. Lauren
      April 12, 2021 AT 10:34 am

      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!

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

      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

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

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

      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.

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

      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. 🙂

    5. Allie
      August 24, 2020 AT 8:12 pm

      These came out amazing!! I subbed mashed banana for applesauce and an egg for the ground flax, and my husband and I love them. Made with strawberries and a few chocolate chips on top, and they’re perfect for a snack, breakfast or dessert.Thank you for this recipe- I’m already planning to make them next week!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 24, 2020 AT 10:00 pm

        That makes me so happy to hear, Allie! I’m so glad these bars were a hit. Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. <3

    6. Sarah
      July 24, 2020 AT 8:18 pm

      My first EBF recipe! 😊 I did not have rolled oats so I substituted them for quick oats. I used blueberries and peaches for my fruit in this recipe. They turned out amazing! Now just to figure out which recipe I want to try next!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 26, 2020 AT 6:21 pm

        Ahh yay!! That makes me so happy to hear, Sarah. I’m so glad these bars turned out for you. Thanks for sharing the subs you made and for coming back to leave a star rating. It’s super helpful for other readers. 🙂

    7. Beata
      July 21, 2020 AT 1:36 pm

      FAB!! These came out tasting more like cake than breakfast. Will definitely make again. I had to make applesauce from scratch when I saw it in the recipe (they don’t sell it here) and I think I added too much, as they don’t hold shape very well but that’s not really a problem since I’m expecting them to be gone by tomorrow..

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 22, 2020 AT 12:23 am

        I’m glad you enjoyed these bars Beata! In the future, you can used mashed ripe bananas instead of the applesauce. 🙂

    8. Sara
      July 15, 2020 AT 5:58 pm

      We’ve been loving these so much that we now make a x3 batch every time (which fits perfectly in a half-sheet pan btw). We subbed mashed banana for the applesauce and added a few tablespoons of peanut butter… so good!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 15, 2020 AT 11:09 pm

        Ahh yay! That makes me so happy to hear. I’m so glad you’ve been loving these baked oatmeal bars. Thanks for making my recipe and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. It means the world to me. <3

    9. Liz
      July 13, 2020 AT 10:50 am

      Could quick oats be substituted in this recipe?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 13, 2020 AT 1:43 pm

        Hey Liz – Yes, that should work just fine. 🙂 Let me know how these bars turn out for you if you try them.

    10. Kendall
      July 8, 2020 AT 3:39 am

      I haven’t tried yet so I can’t rate but I am very excited to make these! They look delicious and I love that you mentioned heating them up when you are ready to eat them, I wouldn’t have been sure if they would survive being warmed up if you hadn’t mentioned it! So excited!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 8, 2020 AT 4:51 pm

        Definitely come back and let us know what you think of it when you make it!! 🙂

    11. Amy
      July 2, 2020 AT 6:31 pm

      I love your regular baked oatmeal so it wasn’t surprising that I ended up loving these bars as well! I ended up subbing honey instead of maple syrup and olive oil instead of coconut, and they turned out delicious!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 2, 2020 AT 8:04 pm

        Yay!! So glad you loved these bars, Amy! Thanks so much for making my recipe and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. 🙂

    12. Joann
      July 1, 2020 AT 12:52 pm

      These are delicious! I doubled the recipe and used a 9×13 pan, which worked great. Thanks for your recipes, Brittany!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 1, 2020 AT 6:04 pm

        Yay!! So glad this recipe turned out for you, Joann! Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. It means the world to me. 🙂

    13. Katia
      June 30, 2020 AT 2:33 pm

      These were yummy! My kids ate half the recipe in one sitting! I grated apples because I didn’t have apple sauce. They were a bit too moist so they were falling apart a little. Any suggestions? I also covered them after they cooled, maybe I should not have covered them in a sealed container so quickly?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 30, 2020 AT 9:24 pm

        Hey Katia – How much grated apples did you use? And were the bars completely cool when you covered them? If they weren’t it could have caused extra moisture in the container.

    14. Julia
      June 27, 2020 AT 10:34 am

      This looks so yummy. Can I add Brewer’s yeast to it? To make it more breastfeeding friendly?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 27, 2020 AT 10:13 pm

        Sure! You can totally add brewer’s yeast. I’d start with a small amount (maybe 2 Tablespoons to 1/4 cup) since brewer’s yeast has a strong flavor. You might need to add more maple syrup to balance it out. Let me know if you try adding it in.

    15. Kate
      June 22, 2020 AT 7:27 pm

      Made these this morning! Turned out great, delicious!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 23, 2020 AT 10:28 am

        Yay!! So glad these bars turned out for you, Kate. Thanks for trying my recipe and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. 🙂

    16. Janice Lacy
      June 19, 2020 AT 10:52 am

      Mine are in the oven right now! I hope I can wait for them to cool before digging in! I absolutely LOVE your oatmeal recipes. I have made SO many of them and they have all been awesome!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 20, 2020 AT 1:55 am

        Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Janice!! How’d the bars turn out?! 🙂

    17. Alanna
      June 18, 2020 AT 8:33 am

      These are delicious & super easy to make. Thank you for the recipe!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 20, 2020 AT 1:59 am

        You’re so welcome, Alanna! So glad you enjoyed these bars. 🙂

    18. Queenie
      June 17, 2020 AT 8:11 am

      Looks great. I enjoyed them at my friend’s house. It was delicious so I found this recipe from you. I will try to make it for my kids, hope them like it.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 17, 2020 AT 5:30 pm

        So glad you enjoyed these bars! I hope the kiddos like them – keep me posted. 🙂

    19. Andrea
      June 15, 2020 AT 11:27 pm

      Would frozen berries work in this recipe??

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 17, 2020 AT 5:35 pm

        They should work just fine, you might just need to cook them longer because the frozen berries will release more liquid.

    20. Aruna
      June 15, 2020 AT 8:40 pm

      Any ideas on substitutes for Apple sauce or is it a deal breaker? Thanks!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 17, 2020 AT 5:37 pm

        You could use mashed bananas instead of applesauce in this recipe.

    21. Nicole Brewer
      June 15, 2020 AT 10:13 am

      This recipe sounds delicious! My family is planning a day trip to the river. Do you think these would be good to keep in a cooler and eat as a snack or would you suggest the protein balls? Thanks! I look forward to trying out this new variation!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 15, 2020 AT 12:45 pm

        Both would be a perfect snack to keep in the cooler! 🙂 Can’t wait to hear what you think of these if you try them!

    22. Pat Hanbury
      June 15, 2020 AT 10:11 am

      Would this recipe work without any sweetener? I do not eat any sugars or flour of any kind. Thank you for you input.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 15, 2020 AT 12:46 pm

        Hey Pat, I think it’d be fine to leave out the maple syrup. Let me know what you think if you try these bars. 🙂

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