Strawberry Oatmeal Bars
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Strawberry oatmeal bars are sweet and crunchy with a hint of tartness from fresh strawberries!
Made-from-scratch oatmeal bars are so easy to make and totally worth it! The bottom layer tastes like an oat-crust or granola bar, with freshly baked strawberries, oat crumble, and sugar glaze on top. This recipe is a family favorite!
Homemade Oat Bars With Strawberries
These strawberry oatmeal bars are sweet and crumbly with a hint of tartness. I can’t get enough of these!
- Oatmeal bars are so easy to prep, they take only 10 minutes!
- This is the perfect recipe to use up those over-ripe strawberries.
- With simple wholesome ingredients that are budget-friendly, you really can’t go wrong here.
- These bars taste delicious on their own. But a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side would be easily welcomed.
- These bars are perfect to serve at barbecues, picnics, 4th of July celebrations or birthday parties.
- I love making dessert recipes with fresh strawberries that are in season, including our strawberry banana bread, and the easy and delicious strawberry rhubarb crisp.
- STRAWBERRIES: Fresh strawberries will work better than frozen ones. The berries are chopped small for the recipe.
- OATS: Old-fashioned rolled oats will give you the best results. I love using sprouted rolled oats in my recipes.
- BASE OF BARS: You’ll also need flour, brown sugar, unsalted butter, ground ginger, cinnamon, cornstarch and lemon juice.
- GLAZE: Confectioner’s sugar, vanilla extract and milk are mixed together and drizzled on top for the perfect easy glaze.
How To Make Strawberry Oatmeal Bars
- Mix together the rolled oats, flour, sugar, ginger, cinnamon, salt and melted butter according to full recipe instructions below.
- Save ½ cup of oat mixture, and press the rest into the bottom of the baking dish. Add strawberries on top, then the last ½ cup of oats. Bake until oats begin to turn golden brown.
Leftover bars can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. These also freeze well! I prefer to wrap each one individually in a small piece of parchment paper and place them in a freezer bag to freeze for up to 3 months. Just thaw in the fridge and reheat in the oven to warm, then serve.
- Use over-ripe strawberries that are soft and squishy. These are extra sweet and perfect for baking with!
- Double the recipe if you’re feeding a larger crowd. These are so delicious that everyone will want seconds!
- Use parchment paper or non-stick cooing spray in the baking dish before adding the recipe. Two strips of parchment make it easy to remove the dessert after it cools.
- Serve these warm or cold, they taste delicious either way.
- Any fresh berries can be used for this recipe including blueberries, blackberries and raspberries.
More Oat Recipes
I love using oats in my recipes! Here are some more favorites:
- White Chocolate Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies use fresh cranberries and white chocolate chips.
- Six Energy Balls Recipes using one base recipe with six flavors.
- Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies are delicious.
- Baked Oatmeal Breakfast Cups are perfect for grab-and-go breakfasts.
- Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp – This recipe will smother your entire house with an incredible smell as it bubbles and crisps in the oven.
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Strawberry Oatmeal Bars
- 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
- ¾ cup all purpose flour
- ½ cup brown sugar - or coconut sugar
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp salt
- ½ cup unsalted butter - melted
- 1 tsp cornstarch - or 2 tsp arrowroot powder
- 2 cups strawberries - chopped small
- 2 Tbsp lemon juice - or orange juice
- 1 Tbsp brown sugar - for sprinkling
- ½ cup confectioners powdered sugar
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 1 Tbsp milk - can be dairy or non-dairy (almond, coconut etc)
- Preheat the oven to 375°F. Spray an 8×8 dish with non-stick cooking spray (I used avocado oil spray). Press two pieces of parchment paper into the square dish in opposite directions.
- Chop 2 cups worth of strawberries. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, mix together the rolled oats, all purpose flour, brown sugar, ginger, cinnamon, and salt.
- Melt ½ cup butter in the microwave then add it to the dry ingredients.
- Mix together until oats are nicely coated.
- Reserve ½ cup of oats, then add the rest into the baking dish.
- Press down firmly into corners and edges with a silicone spatula.
- Add the chopped strawberries on top.
- Sprinkle the cornstarch, lemon juice, and sugar overtop of the strawberries.
- Sprinkle the last ½ cup of oats on top of strawberries and gently press down.Bake for 35-40 minutes or until oats are beginning to turn golden brown. Once cooked, let cool completely before removing from baking dish (You can add to fridge after it's cooled 20 minutes on counter to help speed up process).
- Once completely cool, use parchment paper to gently lift the oat square out of the baking dish.
- Slice into bars (can be as big or as small as you want).
- In a small bowl, combine the confectioners icing sugar, vanilla extract and milk together. (this step is optional as bars can be eaten without the sugar glaze).
- Use a spoon to drizzle the glaze on top of the bars. Serve and enjoy!