This delicious strawberry-filled recipe for oatmeal bars makes a great, healthy dessert or breakfast. Made with whole-grain ingredients and fresh or frozen strawberries.
Are Oatmeal Bars Healthy?
Store-bought oatmeal bars contain loads of sugar and other chemical preservatives. However, making oatmeal bars at home gives you control over the ingredients.
This recipe for oatmeal bars uses whole grain and real food ingredients. Plus. they are easy to make and taste even better than those you can purchase.
Main Ingredients For Strawberry Oatmeal Bars
This homemade recipe for oatmeal bars comes together quickly with only a few ingredients.
- Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats: These whole grain oats make about half of the oatmeal bar crust. You’ll measure out one cup.
- White Whole Wheat Flour: One cup is all you need of this whole-grain ingredient.
- Brown Sugar: A packed one-third cup of brown sugar helps provide some sweetness to the oatmeal bar crust.
- Grass-Fed Unsalted Butter: One stick of grass-fed melted butter brings the crust ingredients together.
- Strawberries: Two cups of diced strawberries (about 10 ounces) fill the center of these healthy dessert bars. You can use fresh or frozen strawberries.
- Lemon Juice: Half of a freshly squeezed lemon or about one tablespoon of bottled lemon juice provides the right amount of acidity to help lift the flavors.
- Sea Salt: You’ll add 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt.
- Granulated White Sugar- You’ll add 2-3 teaspoons of white granulated sugar directly to the strawberries for additional sweetness.
Can You Use Frozen Strawberries In Oatmeal Bars?
Yes. I’ve had to do this on occasion when my grocery store is out of fresh strawberries or they aren’t in season. Frozen strawberries work well. And no need to completely thaw.
You’ll simply dice them as you would fresh strawberries (you can slightly thaw in warm water or the microwave to make cutting easier).
How To Make This Recipe for Strawberry Oatmeal Bars
The ingredients for this healthy dessert recipe come together in a matter of minutes. In four easy steps, you’ll be ready to serve these delicious strawberry-filled oatmeal bars.
STEP ONE: MAKE THE CRUST
In a medium bowl add oats, flour, brown sugar, and salt. Stir to combine. Pour in melted butter. With a fork, stir and mix together until all of the ingredients are moistened. Some clumps will form.
Remove 3/4 cup of the prepared oat crumble mixture and set aside. You’ll use this later for the topping. In an 8×8 pan covered in parchment paper, add and press the remaining oat mixture into the pan.
STEP TWO: ADD THE FILLING
Evenly layer two cups of diced strawberries on top of the oat crumble mixture in the pan. Drizzle the lemon juice evenly over the strawberries. Finally, lightly cover the strawberries in two to three teaspoons of granulated sugar.
STEP THREE: FINAL TOPPING
Finally, you’ll add the remaining 3/4 cup of the oat crumble mixture to the top of the strawberries and using a spatula or fork, evenly spread around.
STEP FOUR: BAKE AND COOL
In a preheated 375° oven, you’ll bake the oatmeal bars for 35-40 minutes until the top is lightly golden and smells toasty.
Now time to cool. Even though you’ll be tempted to dig in right away, it’s important to give these bars ample time to cool. This will give the bars a chance to gel together. Once cooled, cut and serve by themselves or with a side of frozen yogurt.
How To Store Oatmeal Bars
You can store oatmeal bars in the refrigerator for up to 5 days when properly covered.
You can also freeze these oatmeal bars. Be sure to let them cool completely. Wrap them tightly in plastic wrap and place them in an airtight container or bag in the freezer. They’ll keep for about three months. You can thaw them in the fridge.
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Healthy Recipe for Oatmeal Bars (Strawberry Filling)
- 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1 cup white whole wheat flour
- 1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt (I use Redmond's Real Salt)
- 1/2 cup (or 1 stick) grass-fed, unsalted butter (melted)
- 2 cups strawberries, diced small (About 10 ounces)
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice, freshly squeezed (About half of a lemon. Can also use bottled)
- 2-3 teaspoons white granulated sugar
- Preheat the oven to 375℉. Prepare an 8x8 pan with parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, add oats, flour, salt, and brown sugar. With a fork stir to combine. Add melted butter and mix the ingredients until all are moistened and some clumps form.
- Set aside 3/4 cup of the oat crumble mixture. This will be used as the topping for later. In the 8x8 pan, add the remaining crumble mixture and press down. Evenly disburse.
- Add diced strawberries on top of the oat crumble mixture and evenly distribute. Drizzle freshly squeezed lemon juice over the strawberries. Finally, sprinkle 2-3 teaspoons of white granulated sugar on top of the strawberries.
- Next, add the remaining 3/4 cup of oat crumble to the pan and spread around evenly. Place in the oven and bake for 35-40 minutes until golden brown and smells toasty.
- Let the oatmeal bars cool for at least 15 minutes if not more to allow them to further gel together. Then serve by themselves or with a side of frozen yogurt.
- If you need a gluten-free option, you can use gluten-free oats and substitute the flour with 1 cup of gluten-free finely ground oats.
- Oatmeal bars can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. They can also be frozen for up to 3 months. Be sure to wrap them in plastic wrap and store them in an airtight container, if freezing.
- You can use frozen strawberries in place of fresh. Be sure to dice small like you would with fresh. You also may need to thaw the strawberries slightly for easier cutting.
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