Rating: 4.18 stars
159 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 88
  • 4 star values: 41
  • 3 star values: 10
  • 2 star values: 11
  • 1 star values: 9

I wanted an on-the-go oatmeal bar without the artificial ingredients of commercial bars. This is the base for the bars, a recipe easily modified to suit your own tastes.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
30 mins
additional:
20 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
8
Yield:
16 bars
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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

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  • Combine oats, brown sugar, white sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon together in a bowl. Whisk milk, eggs, canola oil, and vanilla extract together in a separate bowl. Stir egg mixture into oats mixture until well combined; set aside until flavors blend, about 20 minutes. Spread oats mixture into prepared square pan.

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

Nutrition Facts

184 calories; protein 5.3g; carbohydrates 26.2g; fat 6.7g; cholesterol 48.9mg; sodium 270.6mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (86)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
09/19/2016
I was looking for a way to have my oatmeal on the go in the morning. I used 3 cups of oatmeal because I want that fiber. I did not use brown sugar, but the 1/4c of white as others did. I also subbed applesauce for the oil. I added some dried cranberries. I really liked how it came out not overly sweet but sweet enough. It came out nice and moist too. Would definitely make this again. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
03/26/2016
Bland. I didn't mind the soft texture but it came out pretty bland. Next time I would sprinkle the brown sugar on top or add coconut flakes or something Read More
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159 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 88
  • 4 star values: 41
  • 3 star values: 10
  • 2 star values: 11
  • 1 star values: 9
Rating: 5 stars
09/19/2016
I was looking for a way to have my oatmeal on the go in the morning. I used 3 cups of oatmeal because I want that fiber. I did not use brown sugar, but the 1/4c of white as others did. I also subbed applesauce for the oil. I added some dried cranberries. I really liked how it came out not overly sweet but sweet enough. It came out nice and moist too. Would definitely make this again. Read More
(52)
Rating: 5 stars
02/21/2016
I was expecting this bar to be more granola like and crunchy. It is more cake like and moist. I added cranberries which my family likes. My little two year old grandson called this cake and he proceeded to gobble it all up. The recipe says it makes 8 servings, but I cut it up into 16 servings. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/11/2016
In general it turned out well but they weren't crunchy and tasted more like a pie. I added only half cup of milk instead of whole cup and next time I would add even less. I also added rasins, dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and actualy all seeds I could find at home that time. And last thing to mention - I used one big spoon of Honey instead of sugar. And the taste was super good. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/16/2017
I made this two ways....one with suggestions to cut milk or add more dry ingredients. One made as recipe outlines. This is a base recipe and designed to add dried fruit and nuts. The recipe where I added 3 T of coconut flour came out crumbly, I felt it was too dry. The recipe where I followed the directions came out more cake like and held together well. Both recipes I added dried fruit (cranberries, cherries) and seeds. I did bump up the spices to 1T. I made this with both dairy and with coconut milk. Key to get a great bar that holds together is to let ingredients sit to absorb moisture. Doubles just fine. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/09/2018
We really liked these. They froze well as individual bars for snacking on the go later. These are cake-like. You may want to increase the amount of spice and flavorings or else the finished flavor is a bit bland. It is important to let the complete mixture soak before baking. This allows the oats to absorb the liquid and soften. Baked in a parchment paper lined dish, with paper hanging over the edge. After 30 min baking, removed the parchment paper with the bars and placed the parchment with the bars back on a wire oven rack to cook and additional 5 min. Removed from the oven and gently sliced. Placed the slices back in the oven on a tray to cook for an additional 5 min to dry some and brown on all 4 sides of each bar. Much like you would do for baking biscotti. Added additions of peanut butter powder, fine unsweetened coconut, and sliced almonds, as well as the recipe's cinnamon and vanilla. Used only 1/4 C dark brown sugar and it turned out with with just a hint of sweetness....Personal preference. Very nice recipe plain or for the addition of different enhancing ingredients. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/03/2018
People who complained about this recipe forget that it is a basic BAKED OATMEAL recipe and you can change it like you would a bowl of oatmeal. I love the simplistic recipe and add dried fruit, I cut the sugar back as well as substitute apple sauce for the oil. This is a great way to get your healthy fiber filled breakfast on the go. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/05/2016
I liked how easy it was. I made substitutions because I keep forgetting to buy brown sugar... So... 1/4 C. White sugar, 2 tsp. Cinnamon, and then drizzled 1/4 C. Maple syrup over the top in the pan. Also, added 1/3 C. raisins and 2 Tbs. Flax meal to dry mix. I am considering an extra Tablespoon of flour to make it easier to cut. Yummy! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/08/2017
I thought these were good. They were not bland, as some have stated. They simply tasted like oatmeal, which is what they are primarily made up of. If more taste is desired, consider adding in ingredients with strong flavor like cranberries. As is, they do have a pleasant oatmeal flavor with just a touch or cinnamon, but I think the next time I am going to try some add ins. I am going to try it with some peanut butter for added protein. Another idea is Nutella for all the chocolate lovers. Actually the possibilities are endless. I think it would be good just using various grains and nuts. All in all, this was pretty quick to make and did not make a huge mess. I give it 4 out of 5 stars. I will definitely make it again. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
03/25/2016
Bland. I didn't mind the soft texture but it came out pretty bland. Next time I would sprinkle the brown sugar on top or add coconut flakes or something Read More
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