Baked Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

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I wanted to make on-the-go oatmeal bars without the artificial ingredients found in commercial bars. This recipe provides a base for chewy oatmeal bars, but you can add flavor and texture by incorporating dried fruits, chocolate chips, or chopped nuts to suit your own tastes. Packed with oats, these are perfect for a grab-and-go breakfast, snack, or lunch box addition.

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Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
Servings:
16
Yield:
16 bars

Are you looking for a chewy, flavorful breakfast treat that's perfect for on-the-go snacking? Then these baked breakfast bars are for you! They're so much better than store-bought and you customize them to your liking.

Whip up a batch of these today, and then next week, and the week after that! Seriously, you won't be able to stop making them.

overhead view of baked oatmeal breakfast bars
Dotdash Meredith Food Studios

How to Make Baked Oatmeal Bars

Making homemade breakfast bars is so simple and it only takes 10 minutes of prep time (that's quicker than going to the store and buying a box of granola bars).

You'll find the full detailed recipe below, but here's what you can expect when making these baked oatmeal bars.

Mix Dry Ingredients

Combine oats, sugars, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon in a bowl.

Mix Wet Ingredients

Whisk milk, eggs, canola oil, and vanilla together. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients until combined. Let this mixture sit for about 20 minutes to allow flavors to meld together.

Bake

Spoon the mixture into the pan and bake until the edges are golden brown. Allow to cool before cutting and serving.

Optional Additions

The best part about making granola bars at home is that you can add whatever you like. We suggest adding nuts, cranberries, raisins, berries, or chocolate chips.

How to Store Baked Oatmeal Bars

Baked oatmeal bars should be stored in an airtight container in the fridge. They will last for about five days. When you're ready to eat, you can serve them cold, at room temperature, or warm.

How to Freeze Baked Oatmeal Bars

If you aren't going to eat the bars within five days, or you just want to make a big batch when meal prepping, you can freeze baked oatmeal bars. Allow the bars to cool completely, then cut them into 16 bars — so you won't have to defrost the whole batch for one bar. Freeze the individual bars in zip-top freezer bags labeled with the date for up to three months.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"We really liked these. They froze well as individual bars for snacking on the go later. It is important to let the complete mixture soak before baking. This allows the oats to absorb the liquid and soften," says hertzen. "Added additions of peanut butter powder, fine unsweetened coconut, and sliced almonds."

"This is a great Base recipe! So many options. You are only limited by your imagination! I added almonds and dried cranberries... Making again in a few days I think dried cherries and walnuts..... This has a great texture as well," according to Stormy Hunt.

"Made exactly as directed. Add-ins were raisins and chopped walnuts. Came out beautifully! They are best after refrigerating overnight, which gives them some time and the temp to firm up for portability. Perfect on-the-go breakfast," raves one Allrecipes community member.

Editorial contributions by Bailey Fink

Ingredients

  • 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats

  • cup packed brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon white sugar

  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 cup milk

  • 2 large eggs

  • 2 tablespoons canola oil

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease an 8-inch square pan.

  2. Mix oats, brown sugar, white sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon together in a bowl.

  3. Whisk milk, eggs, canola oil, and vanilla together in a separate bowl. Stir egg mixture into the oat mixture until well combined. Let sit until flavors blend, about 20 minutes.

  4. Spread oat mixture into the prepared pan.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until the edges are golden brown, about 30 minutes.

  6. Remove from the oven and let cool completely before cutting into 16 bars.

    overhead view of baked oatmeal breakfast bars
    Dotdash Meredith Food Studios

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

184 Calories
7g Fat
26g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 184
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Cholesterol 49mg 16%
Sodium 271mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 10%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 113mg 9%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 150mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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