Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

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Enjoy these chewy Oatmeal Breakfast Bars in the morning or as a midday snack. They're great for meal prepping in advance and packed with heart healthy oats!

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This Oatmeal Breakfast Bars recipe is basically like oatmeal in bar form for on-the-go breakfast and snacking. They are more substantial and healthier than a packaged breakfast bar, and can be easily customized with different add-ins based on preferences. Made with staple pantry items, these are easy-to-make and can be stored for a few days or frozen for months!

Two oatmeal breakfast bars piled on top of each other

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How to make oatmeal breakfast bars

  1. Measure all the dry ingredients in medium bowl.
  2. Whisk the dry ingredients together using a fork.
  3. In another larger bowl, measure all the wet ingredients.
  4. Then whisk the wet ingredients together.
  5. Now combine the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients and give it a good stir.
  6. Let the mixture set for 20 minutes so the oats absorb the moisture and the flavors of the oatmeal bars really blend.
Process shots showing how to make the recipe by mixing the dry ingredients, the wet ingredients and then both together

Then fold in the walnuts and cranberries and transfer it to a baking dish lined with parchment paper. You want to bake it until it’s golden brown in color and firm when pressed against.

Before and after baking of the recipe

If you use a square 9×9 baking dish like I did, you can easily cut the breakfast oatmeal bars into 16 squares.

Cutting into the bars into squares

 Tips for making breakfast oatmeal bars

  1. Let ingredients sit to absorb moisture. This is key to making the oatmeal bars recipe successfully and ensuring that it holds together without crumbling. The mixture needs to soak before baking, or it will be not stick together.
  2. Use a larger piece of parchment paper than necessary. This will allow some of the paper to hang on the sides, making it easier to lift the bars out of the pan and slice them neatly. Plus easier clean-up!
  3. Double the recipe for a bigger crowd. The recipe doubles just fine. But if you double the recipe, use a larger baking dish and add 10 minutes to the baking time, or bake in two separate dishes.
  4. Switch out the add-ins. The recipe is so versatile to make it based on your taste preferences and available ingredients. I love the combination of cranberries and walnuts with oatmeal bars, but you can use other nuts, chocolates or seeds.

Frequently asked questions

Can I use frozen fruit?

Yes, this breakfast oatmeal bars recipe works really well with any add-ins you throw in there. Frozen fruit like blueberries or cranberries work great. There’s no need to thaw the fruit in advance.

How long can I store the oatmeal bars?

The oatmeal bars are great for meal prepping. Store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Then you can can enjoy them cold, at room temperature or warmed if you prefer.

Can I freeze the breakfast oatmeal bars?

Yes, the oatmeal bars freeze really well. Allow the baked dish to cool completely, then slice into 16 bars and store in individual portions in freezer-safe bags or containers. Thaw in the fridge overnight before enjoying.

Oatmeal breakfast bars made with cranberries and walnuts

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I love this homemade quick, grab and go breakfast for busy weekday mornings. The oatmeal bars are nutritious, filling and delicious, and it’s something the whole family can enjoy throughout the week. For me, it’s almost like a dense cake that slices and packs well for breakfast and on-the-go mornings!

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Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

Enjoy these chewy Oatmeal Breakfast Bars in the morning or as a midday snack. They're great for meal prepping in advance and packed with heart healthy oats!
5 from 881 votes
Servings 16 bars
Course Breakfast
Calories 92
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 1 hr

Ingredients
  

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8-inch square pan with parchment paper hanging over the edge.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the dry ingredients including the rolled oats, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon together in a bowl.
  • In another large bowl, combine the wet ingredients including the eggs, milk, applesauce, and vanilla extract. Transfer the dry ingredients over the wet ingredients and set aside until flavors blend, about 20 minutes.
  • Fold in the walnuts and cranberries, and spread combined mixture into prepared square pan.
  • Bake in the preheated oven until edges are golden brown, about 30-35 minutes. Allow to cool on wire rack for 5 minutes before slicing. Cut into 16 bars.

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Notes

Recipe: Adapted from All Recipes.
Storage: The baked oatmeal bars can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days. This makes it an ideal breakfast meal prep to make on Sunday night for the week for the family to enjoy.
Freezing Instructions: Allow the baked dish to cool completely, then slice into 16 bars and store in individual portions in freezer-safe bags or containers. Thaw in the fridge overnight and enjoy!
Substitutes: For best results, follow the recipe as is. However here are some common substitutes that would work well in this recipe.
  • Make it your own: You can change up the milk, the fruit and the nuts to adjust it to what you have on hand or your taste preferences.
  • Make it vegan: Replace the egg with a flax egg.
  • Make it gluten-free: Use certified gluten-free rolled oats.
  • Make it sugar-free: Omit the cane sugar or used mashed or pureed fruit in the base recipe.

Nutrition

Calories: 92kcal, Carbohydrates: 16g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 20mg, Sodium: 92mg, Potassium: 93mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 30IU, Calcium: 36mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.

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  1. These are absolutely delicious! On my second batch in 2 weeks and added fresh blackberries this second time. Love the variations you can make with this recipe. Thanks so mucho!

  2. Hi! Thanks for a simple and direct recipe. How many bars is a serving (based on the nutritional facts)?

  3. Hi and thank you for this delicious recipe! I seriously LOVE oatmeal and am always looking for different ways to eat it. I made this recipe as stated except left out the white sugar and used applesauce instead of oil. It’s good this way, but I can see that it would be better with dried cranberries and walnuts, so I will do that next time. I’m going to freeze some of these for later. My better half always has a large slice of banana bread for his “snack before breakfast” but I want something healthier so here it is! Bonus: healthier and also delicious!

  4. Another weekly devotee here, I love how filling these are as a grab and go breakfast. I dont always have apple sauce on hand, so i mash up an apple a little, that works. The chunks are not even noticeable. Also I use regular milk since that’s what I have, also works fine, this recipe is hard to mess up.

    1. I made these bars but decided to give them my own twist. I’m not big fan of cinnamon, cranberries, using sugar or apple sauce so instead I doubled the vanilla extract, added dark chocolate, honey, macadamia nuts, almonds, raisins and hazelnuts. Taste pretty good although not that sweet, next time I’ll use more honey. Defo recommend as a healthy alternative

  5. If substituting honey for the sugar, how much would I use? Also, would I need to adjust the amount of almond milk? These look absolutely yummy and right up my alley.

    Thank you.

  6. I have never had a recipe tell me to soak my ingredients before baking but it really makes the biggest difference such a good tip. I love these bars! I make them for my husband and his colleagues each week and as a snack for myself when I’m working, I was so tired of spending €2 + on a pack of 6 sugary breakfast bars now I can make my own for much cheaper and exactly how I like it. Thank you!

  7. Hi, I’m having a hard time producing the right result. The bars come out very spongy and chewy. So the first time I used quick oats and figured that’s what went wrong. So the second time I used old fashioned oats but the texture was still the same. I am baking around the time suggested. The other changes I made to the recipe is that I’m using 1/4 of honey in the bars in place of the sugar. I’m also using frozen berries. Do you have any advice? I really want a healthy homemade breakfast bar but one that is a different texture..more crumbly..or cakey..versus spongey and gummy

    1. It’s likely chewy because of the honey as a wet ingredient instead of the sugar as a dry ingredient. The addition of the frozen berries is also likely to add moisture to the bars. I’d recommend sticking to add ins like nuts, chocolates, dried fruits, or seeds. I’d also recommend either omitting the cane sugar or using mashed or pureed fruit in the base recipe.

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