Strawberry Oat Bars

4.98 from 292 votes

Simple to make, these strawberry oat bars are all kinds of tasty! Made with fresh strawberries, they are a perfect treat to make this summer!

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These baked strawberry oat bars are the perfect sweet treat that your family will love! Made with fresh strawberries, they’re chewy on the inside, crisp on the outside and are perfect to enjoy all summer long.

3 strawberry oat bars stacked on top of each other with large strawberry in front

Ingredients & substitutions

  • Coconut oil: Coconut oil helps to bind the ingredients together and add moisture, and it also adds a nice subtle flavor. You can substitute with unsalted butter or plant-based butter.
  • Sugar: Cane sugar is less processed than white sugar so it is preferred in this recipe, but you can substitute with any granulated sugar.
  • Egg: To bind the dry ingredients together. You can make this recipe vegan by using a flax egg.
  • Flours: Use a mixture of oat and all purpose flour to make these strawberry bars. If you have a gluten intolerance, you can swap the all-purpose flour for a 1:1 gluten-free flour. If you don’t have oat flour to hand, it’s quick and easy to make your own.
  • Cinnamon and salt: To enhance the flavor of the bars.
  • Strawberries: We use fresh strawberries for these bars, dice them fairly small so that they break down easily when they are baked. It’s best to avoid frozen strawberries as these can contain a lot of water.
  • Lemon juice: To help balance out the sweetness. Use fresh lemon juice rather than bottled for the best flavor.
  • Oats: Rolled oats, or old fashioned oats are best for this recipe, they keep a nice chewy texture and get nice and crispy too. In a pinch you can use quick oats, but it’s best to avoid steel cut oats that will be tough to eat.
Ingredients to make the recipe

How to make strawberry oat bars

Prepare the layers

  1. Blend together the wet ingredients and add the flours, salt and cinnamon.
  2. Mix well until combined.
  3. Dice the strawberries and add to a bowl.
  4. Toss in the sugar and lemon juice.
  5. In another bowl, mix together the flours, coconut oil, sugar and salt.
  6. Mix in the rolled oats with your fingers.
6 image collage to show how to make the layers: the base, the strawberries and the crumble

Assemble & Bake

  1. Press the base layer into a lined pan and smooth it out.
  2. Add the strawberries on top in an even layer.
  3. Sprinkle over the oat crumble topping.
  4. Bake until golden brown.
4 image collage to show how to layer the base, strawberries and the crumble and the final baked bars

Tips for making the bars

  1. Use juicy ripe strawberries. This will help them break down more easily with the sugar and lemon juice to create a jammy consistency when baked
  2. Chop the strawberries evenly. This will help make the filling more smooth and consistent instead of chunky. It also breaks down with the sugar more easily.
  3. Divide the base into portions to make it easier to add to the pan. Put several large dollops of the mixture in different parts of the pan and push them together with your fingertips.
  4. Don’t skip chilling the base layer. This will help the oat bars cook more evenly as the coconut oil will solidify so that the sugar can gradually absorb any liquid.

Frequently asked questions

How long do they keep?

Once your strawberry oat bars are baked, let them cool before cutting them in bars. Store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. They will not be as crisp after a couple of days, but can be reheated in the oven to get them to crisp up again if you wish.

Can you freeze them?

Yes, these bars will keep frozen well for up to 2 to 3 months. Once cooled, you can freeze the bars in the pan by covering with foil and placing in a freezer bag. You can also freeze individual bars by separating them with parchment and placing in an airtight container. Thaw in the fridge or at room temperature.

Can you use other fruits?

If strawberries aren’t your thing, or you have some fresh fruits to use up, the strawberries can easily be swapped. Blueberries, raspberries, peaches and mango are all great choices!

Strawberry oat bars after baking on parchment paper cut into 9 bars

These strawberry oat bars are one delicious way to make the most out of everyone’s favorite summer fruit. Just the right amount of sweet, they make for a delicious afternoon pick me up!

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Strawberry Oat Bars

Simple to make, these strawberry oat bars are all kinds of tasty! Made with fresh strawberries, they are a perfect treat to make this summer!
5 from 292 votes
Servings 9 servings
Course Dessert, Snack
Calories 311
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr

Ingredients
  

Base

Filling

  • 1 pound strawberries small diced
  • 2 tablespoons cane sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Crumble

Instructions

Make base

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8” x 8” baking pan with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, blend coconut oil, sugar, and egg together with a stand mixer or handheld beaters on medium high until combined.
  • Add all-purpose flour, oat flour, cinnamon and salt, blending on low until just combined.
  • Press mixture into prepared pan. Pat into an even layer. Chill in fridge for at least 20 minutes while preparing remaining layers.

Make filling

  • Toss the diced strawberries with sugar and lemon juice. Set aside.

Make crumble topping

  • In a large bowl, combine the flours, coconut oil, sugar and salt.
  • Add the rolled oats and toss with your fingers until well mixed and crumbly.

Assemble

  • On the chilled base, spread an even layer of the strawberry mixture.
  • Sprinkle the crumble on top of the strawberries as evenly as possible, but do not press down.
  • Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until golden on top and strawberries are slightly bubbling at edges.
  • Cool in pan for at least 20 minutes before removing. Allow to cool completely before slicing into 9 squares.

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Notes

Storage: Store the oat bars in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. It will not be as crisp but can be reheated in the oven to make more crisp.

Nutrition

Calories: 311kcal, Carbohydrates: 42g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 11g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 18mg, Sodium: 140mg, Potassium: 183mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 17g, Vitamin A: 33IU, Vitamin C: 30mg, Calcium: 26mg, Iron: 2mg

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

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  1. Must try recipe! Loved making it, i used Michigan grown strawberries- bought them from my local farmers market.
    Oh My Yum!

  2. it sounds delicious, but I couldn’t make it. Ads made it impossible to read the recipe, which kept jumping around and was entirely covered by a big white square that I guess was supposed to be an ad. I ended up throwing out a bowl of sugar coconut oil and egg. I spent 4 minutes trying to find the rating box to write this review.

    1. If it helps, if you scroll down to the very bottom of the page, there will be a recipe card that you can read off of or print!

  3. These came out great!! I used regular flour instead of oat flour and it was still amazing. Thanks ❤

  4. Oh my god.. this Tastes sooo goood (whenever I try any of your recipes I have to say this when am tasting it lol), I made them tonight and my family ate the whole thing.. will definitely make this once again but am thinking I’ll do apples 🍏 instead.. can’t wait 😁.. thank you so much

  5. Delicious 4th of July desert with the last my fresh strawberries and low in oxalate, a new requirement for me. Thank you for this great dairy free bar I plan to also make with other fruits! So good!

  6. My husband loved the bars. We will be making again and trying different berries!
    Thank you for the recipe!
    Ximena

  7. I was sooo excited to trimy it and it didn’t disappoint. My kids loved it. And do i need to mention how pretty this dish is.

  8. I made these while visiting my parents as an after dinner dessert. Easy to follow, delicious, and even good the next morning with breakfast!

  9. I made these yesterday and I must say they are so good and they were a big hit for an after dinner dessert . Highly recommend these . I rate it a 5 star

      1. I made a double batch of these and brought one to work and they were a huge hit!! Someone’s always bringing donuts or muffins and I wanted Sri bring something healthy and yummy so this was the perfect recipe. Everyone loved it and they were gone before noon haha! A summer must have for sure!!

  10. Made these twice, and they are SO good. I love how they are packed with flavour.

    I served them at a brunch and cut them into bite-sized pieces, and everyone loved them and asked for the recipe. To save time, I made them the night before and served them straight from the fridge and they were still amazing. Thanks for the recipe!

  11. I really enjoyed this recipe! I made it gluten-free so my dad could eat it as well, so it was a bit more on the crumbly side vs. a bar, but it was very delicious! Next time I’m going to try regular flour instead of the gluten-free. Thank you for another great recipe!

  12. Thanks for this delicious recipe! We made it today on my IG Live which I do every week. I may have Down Syndrome but it doesn’t stop me from doing everything I want to do in life! Check it out @chadjacksonarts

  13. I made these yesterday and they were absolutely delicious. My parents loved them!
    Thank you for this great recipe ❤️❤️❤️

  14. Sooo good! I follow you on Instagram and new I had to make these. The perfect healthyish late night snack!

  15. Just made it without knowing about the challenge … ! These bars are very good and easy to make. They’re sweet but not too sweet and perfect for breakfast. I was full for the whole morning eating less than I’m used to. Thanks ! 🙂

  16. These are the perfect bars for summer and make a great breakfast option for our kids!! Using a lower/carb granular sweetener option, like Sola or Pyure brands, comes out amazing also! I’m always looking for ways to lower our kids’ sugar content, and these bars, using fresh strawberries instead a jam, is an amazing way to just simply our sugar Iives! Thanks for this!

  17. I loved this recipe, already made it twice! I used coconut sugar and whole wheat, it was perfect! I want to try it with blueberries and then with apples. THANK YOU!!!

  18. Made this for my dad for Father’s Day! My dad suffers from stomach problems and with this sweet treat he’s able to have a nice dessert that won’t hurt his belly. Plus you can always go for seconds 😉 I did blueberries and raspberries instead of strawberries because I’m allergic and it came out amazing!! Super quick and easy to make!!♥️

  19. These strawberry oat bars turned out so good! The recipe was so easy and fun to make. The hard part is waiting for them to cool down. Next time I will try this recipe with peaches. Can’t wait!!

  20. My husband LOVES theses strawberry oat bars. Soo delicious!! Even more special since we picked our own berries! And they are quite filling!

  21. The Strawberry Oat Bars are definitely worth a try!
    We went Strawberry picking and made them from fresh strawberries. The base is beautiful! My top layer didn’t crisp up as much as I was expecting it to. Either way my kids are going nuts with these bars. Huge shout out to Yumna Jawad for sharing such easy and delicious recipes!!

  22. Perfect timing. This recipe is easy to replicate and what turned out was beyond my dream.
    It’s delicious and everything worked out perfectly, including letting it cool and cutting it into squares that stick together. That was my greatest fear, that it would fall apart and be a mess. It didn’t!
    I have enough to share with my neighbors & this makes my heart smile.❤️

  23. I’m so excited to make this recipe!
    In making this recipe, I have found cooking tools I didn’t know I had! Like a portable hand-mixer with three different sets of blades… Who knew?!
    Made oat flour from old fashion oats and learned that a half a cup of oats equals a half a cup of oat flour & 2 cups of whole strawberries is pretty close to 16 ounces chopped.
    Cooking is fun!!!!
    Be back soon💪👏👋

  24. This was AMAZING. It was torture waiting for these to cool down before trying them but boy was it worth it! Great taste and not too sweet. I also subbed some sugar for honey so that my toddler could have some and my 2 year old approves!

  25. This recipe looks so easy to make and adaptable if I don’t have the strawberries, I can use other fruit for my filling. Thank you unit for yet another “can do” recipe!
    I saw this trick for lining a backing dish— fold foil or parchment paper over an upturned baking dish and it will form the perfect shape when placed inside it!

  26. These strawberry bars were so, so delicious especially when the strawberries are dark red and perfectly ripe, thank you so much for sharing Yumna.

  27. These are so good! Made with mango since that’s in season here in India and used powdered jaggery in place of the sugar and yogurt instead of the egg. Absolutely delicious! I’m just sad I found this recipe at the end of mango season. Looking forward to trying with different fruit!

  28. These strawberry bars were SOOO easy to make and are a delicious treat for something a little sweet! Definitely will be my summer snacks!

  29. Use only 1 TBSP of sugar and 1 TBSP of raspberry balsamic reduction in the strawberry layer. Perfect.

  30. YUM the perfect summer treat!! I had to cut up extra strawberries cause the mix itself is so yummy to eat haha! My fav dessert, the texture reminds me of a Syrian dessert called hijar al-alaa and it’s so so delicious!! Thank you so much ♥️

  31. This recipe was so easy to make! I didn’t love how sour the baked strawberries came out (I blame the batch of strawberries), but my roommate tried and loved it so I’m still really happy with it (plus I love Yumna). Nevertheless, it still came out really well when I substituted the coconut oil with vegetable oil. I even added some of the oatmeal flour to the crumble which made it less messy! I’m going try making this but with blueberries instead because I really like the crumble/base and it was a perfect dessert/breakfast. Thank again Yumna your recipes are the best!

  32. I came across this recipe and I had every single ingredient for it, so I made these bars the same day! They were absolutely delicious.

  33. These bars were so good and easy to make. My 6 year old had fun helping cut up the strawberries and using her hands to press the bottom layer down and mix the crumble (and my hands didn’t get dirty!). These bars are a little messy to eat, but so yummy!!

  34. Really nice recipe just as states the perfect amount of sweet. Would be making this on repeat for sure

  35. Hi! Really looking forward to making these for a friend who just gave birth!
    Question: If I prep everything the night before, can I bake it the next morning? Would it be ok?

  36. I loved these so much!! They were simple to make, but the flavors are so there!! My grandma has strawberries in her garden and gave me buckets full to take home. I knew when she gave me them I HAD to use some of them for this recipe! Freshly picked strawberries take this dessert to whole other level. Sooo yummy!! I will be making these over and over again! 🙂

    1. Hi! I’ve attempted this gorgeous recipe. The crumble on the top though is very loose and crumbly so after 45mins in the oven, it’s still a very loose crumble. Didn’t set. Had to check the ingredients for the crumble again but I haven’t missed anything. What happened? Still in the oven so haven’t yet tasted it (can’t wait to be honest) haha

      1. The crumble would probably need more coconut oil in that case, so it might be too late now. Let me know your thoughts when you do get a chance to taste it!

  37. What do you think about substitute coconut flour or almond flour and Splenda??
    Husband has huge sweet tooth and I’m always looking for diabetic friendly recipes.
    Thank you so much. Great job.

    1. I haven’t tried it with the flour substitutes or Splenda, but let me know if you do and how it turns out!

  38. These ended up being the perfect dessert. I wanted to make them for breakfast but just couldn’t wait. So good!

  39. I followed the recipe and substituted plant based butter for coconut oil. The crumble seemed like A LOT for the pan size. I baked it and it didn’t set at all 🙁 if I were to cut them the topping would all fall off what am I doing wrong

    1. Hi Sam – I’ve never tested these with plant based butter before and it was not one of my list of substitutions. Some don’t hold well unfortunately and that would need to be tested. Did you also replace the egg in the recipe to make it plant-based? That might have a problem with them not holding together.

  40. Can’t wait to make these, every recipe of yours I made so far we just love at our house. I had a question about the cane sugar does it have to be granulated I have Cane torbinado sugar will that be ok to use?

    Thanks

    1. That makes me so happy to hear! Any granulated sugar should work, so the cane turbinado sugar should work too!

  41. So so amazing!! I used the same recipe but used muffin tins instead and made them muffins topped with ice cream! I will definitely be making them again!

  42. Beyond delicious! I’m not much of a sweets person, but these looked too good not to try when you posted them, and I’m glad I did. They are perfect for summer. I cut them into really small squares to make them last longer 😛

  43. These bars are delicious. Light and sweet. Would make a good breakfast or topped with ice cream for dessert. So much flavor. So good.

  44. Made these bars today – amazing bars and meal prep for my breakfast this week- made a few changes- replaced the all purpose flour with almond flour, swapped the egg with unsweetened applesauce, replaced the caster sugar with palm sugar and tossed the strawberries with honey and lemon juice. Still tasted amazing and totally gluten free and vegan 😋thank you for the recipe

    1. I used Gluten Free Non Gmo rolled oats, Organic cane sugar and organic Strawberries to make this yummy recipe. It turned out better than I thought! I Had it with Salted Carmel Dairy free ice cream and it was Delicious! 😋🍓 Thank you Yumna!

      1. ABSOLUTELY STUNNING!! I went to the store and wanted ice cream on top but forgot the icecream!! So I ran to the nearest McDonald’s and got their icecream to top it 😂 tasted really good! I’ll be posting a Instagram story shortly.

        1. Thank you so much! Ahh, the ice cream sounds like such a good idea! Glad you were able to get your hands on some!

  45. These bars are so tasty and awesome! I ended up cutting them into smaller pieces to take to a party.

  46. Just made these last night and oh my god, so freaking good!!! I wanted to do it really well so I ran to the store to get a square pan, ended up getting a silicone one so I wouldn’t have to use the paper. Have to be careful with getting it out of the oven though, it’s too wobbly. Learnt that the hard way hahahahah 😂 Would eat it for breakfast everyday if I could! ❤️

  47. Yumna your the BOMB! Thanks so much! Can I ask one more question? Can u recommend a certain pan/brand for these????!

  48. Just took the strawberry oat bars out of the oven!! Smells so good. They won’t last long in this house. I love following all your creative cooking recipes. Delicious!!!

  49. Just made these and they are unbelievably good! I want try to make this with mixed berries next time 😋

  50. I like your healthy recipes. And I like the way you cook from different kitchens around the world. Thanks.

  51. It looks yummy and delicious. I’m thinking to prepare it by replacing oats with Poha ( Flattened rice, originated from India) . So I hope my variant will be more Delhicious 😜 and thanks for coming up with healthy dishes like this.

    1. Hi lovely lady, I want to make this but I’m would love to know from you what other ( if any) oil can I use in place of coconut oil? Thanks so much😊

  52. This recipe was SO good! I made it for my kids who usually refuse to eat oats, and they ate them all in 10 minutes!! The strawberries add a perfect burst of flavour and the texture is so chewing and comforting. Love it!!