Chewy Oat Squares


These chewy oat squares with oats, almond butter and seeds, are the perfect alternative to store-brought granola bars. They’re slightly sweet and make for a healthy snack on the go! Vegan and gluten-free.

No more store bought granola bars here — not when I can make healthy oat squares like these at home!

Chewy Oat Squares in baking dish.

YUUUUMMMM! Isaac and I both taste-tested the squares and agreed that they are delicious. They’re chewy with a good flavor that isn’t overly sweet. Basically a nice healthy treat that’s perfect for days when you need something portable to munch on.
I even went all out and figured out the nutrition information.

Definitely less sugar than most packaged bars other there and a good amount of protein as well.

Chewy Oats Squares on white plate.

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Chewy Oat Squares

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These chewy oat squares with oats, almond butter and seeds, are the perfect alternative to store-brought granola bars. They're slightly sweet and make for healthy snack on the go! Vegan and gluten-free.
Sheet pan with chewy oat squares cut evenly.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings 16 bars


  • 3/4 cup brown rice syrup
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup old fashioned oats
  • 3/4 cup brown rice crispy cereal
  • 1/4 cup oat bran
  • 1/4 cup raw pepitas, pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 4 Tablespoons raisins
  • 1 Tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt


  • In a pot on medium heat, combine rice syrup, almond butter, and vanilla. Stir and heat until thin and pourable (about 3-4 minutes).
  • In a large mixing bowl, combined oats, cereal, oat bran, pepitas, sunflower seeds, raisins, chia seeds, cinnamon, and sea salt.
  • Pour warm almond butter mixture into the bowl and mix thoroughly. Press mixture into a greased square/rectangle casserole dish or a rimmed cookie sheet. Let cool for a few hours. Cut into bars. Makes 16 squares.


Serving: 1square Calories: 145kcal Carbohydrates: 18g Protein: 4g Fat: 7g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 9g
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American


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    1. Carol McCollum
      September 28, 2019 AT 7:27 pm

      Looks yummy! I’ll try honey instead of brown rice syrup… and maybe add some chopped walnuts! Thank you for such a healthy recipe!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 29, 2019 AT 9:26 pm

        Of course! Let me know how it turns out, Carol.

    2. Myeisha
      May 6, 2012 AT 9:31 pm

      going to try these next week. can the rice syrup be replaced with honey? or does it compromise the flavor?

      1. Eating Bird Food
        May 6, 2012 AT 10:30 pm

        Honey or agave should work!

        1. Myeisha
          May 20, 2012 AT 2:38 pm

          tried them without the pepitas. didn’t realize that they were pumpkin seeds until i looked back at the recipe. i thought my farmer’s market didn’t have them! (they did)

          these are really nice. i tried them with honey. just like the quaker oats bars. i love it a lot.

          snacking on these the whole week thanks to a bird food recipe. :]

    3. Josie
      January 8, 2012 AT 6:19 pm

      I didn’t have brown crispy rice so I used kamut puffs. I also substituted the almond butter with soy butter (can’t send almonds to school with the kids). They turned out great!

      1. Eating Bird Food
        January 8, 2012 AT 8:56 pm

        So glad they turned out Josie. I hope your kids enjoy them!

    4. Ruthey
      December 5, 2011 AT 2:36 pm

      I tried these over the weekend and LOVE LOVE LOVE them! I added a schoop of Herboligica vanilla protein powder and traded the raisins for unsweetened coconut flakes. Turned out beautifully. Had to share them at work so I wouldn’t be tempted to eat the entire thing!

      1. Eating Bird Food
        December 5, 2011 AT 9:48 pm

        So glad you liked the bars Ruthey!!

    5. Sarah
      September 29, 2010 AT 9:36 pm

      Recently I had a dream that I was eating a delicious chewy oatmeal bar. The next time I was shopping, I bought one of Bobo’s Oatmeal Bars. It was good, but too expensive to buy in bulk ($3 for one bar). Also, on Amazon, several people said that the bars developed mold quickly! So I decided to look up recipes that I could make myself, and a Google search brought me to your blog. Thank you! This recipe is just what I was looking for! I skipped the sunflower seeds, used ground flax seed instead of chia, and put the mix into a bread pan in order to make a more of a bar shape, but otherwise the recipe was the same, and it is delicious! Thank you so much!

Parchment paper lined with protein balls.


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