Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

Four years ago today, by a dazzling combination of good fortune, mutual sacrifice, and temporary insanity (on his part), I duped a cute guy into marrying me. Thus far, our lives together have involved a healthy dose of all three, though I’ll take responsibility for more than 50% of the insanity. We’re celebrating our anniversary with two special guests: a pan of Strawberry Oatmeal Bars and…my mother.

 These easy Strawberry Oatmeal Bars, with a buttery crust, fresh strawberry filling, and sweet vanilla glaze make wonderful dessert bars to take to a party or potluck. Made with 100% whole grains, they healthy enough for an afternoon snack but sweet enough for dessert! @wellplated

Yes, my husband will be spending his wedding anniversary with his mother-in-law. At my request, my mom is coming to help me decorate our still-bare walls. Where as I feel overwhelmed and slightly panicky walking through a HomeGoods, my mom has a natural talent for picking out just the right touches to make a room feel comfortable and charming. The dates that aligned with her work schedule happen to fall on our anniversary, so my mom and I will spend the day putting a few more nail holes in the walls, progress to a three-person anniversary dinner with Ben, then end with Strawberry Oatmeal Bars for dessert.

Strawberry Oatmeal Bars recipe — So easy, kids can make them! With 100% whole grains and the natural sweetness of strawberries, these simple one-bowl crumb bars are healthy enough for a snack but sweet enough for dessert. @wellplated

While some gals might find it a bit of a bummer to spend their wedding anniversary dinners with their mothers, I don’t feel that way. Because I live far from home, my mom and I don’t have quality time together often, so I’m happy to sit down for dinner with her on any calendar date.

Plus, as the person who walked me down the aisle, she’s entitled to make at least one anniversary appearance.

Mom walking daughter down the aisle at wedding.

My dad passed away unexpectedly 10 years go, so my mom did me the honor of walking me down the aisle in his place. While—to put it weakly, incompletely, and as a total cliché—my life will never be the same without my dad, I am unbelievably fortunate to have another wonderful man in my life, my husband Ben.

Wedding photo idea—spinning outside

I am married to the best person that I know.

Colorful wedding bouquet for a spring wedding

I’ve written a blog post on each of Ben and my wedding anniversaries, a tradition I’ve kept because it gives me pause to a) reflect on my marriage and b) make a strawberry dessert recipe to share with you. Our wedding cake was strawberry, so each year on our anniversary, I bake a strawberry dessert and post the recipe here, along with a few of my marital musings.

First thing’s first: these Strawberry Oatmeal Bars. Oh my. Every year, I say I’ve baked my favorite strawberry wedding dessert to date, but these Strawberry Oatmeal Bars might be the best yet, and they even qualify as healthy oatmeal bars too!

A bewitching cross between a soft bar cookie and a streusel-topped crumb bar, these sweet treats are the perfect use for the fresh strawberries that are finally starting to make their way into grocery stores in big, juicy quantities. They are also one of the easiest desserts I’ve ever baked.

The top and bottom “crust” of the oatmeal bars comes together in a single bowl, and since the recipe calls for melted, not softened, butter, you don’t even need to wait for the butter to come to room temperature first.

These Fresh Strawberry Oatmeal Bars couldn’t be easier or more delicious! With a buttery crumb topping, sweet strawberry filling, and warm vanilla glaze, they are perfect for a snack or potluck. @wellplated

While many strawberry oatmeal bar recipes require making the filling in a separate bowl, these fresh strawberry bars do not. Once you’ve pressed the first crust layer into the pan, simply scatter the filling ingredients—diced strawberries, lemon juice, and a touch of sugar and cornstarch—right over it, then sprinkle the remaining oatmeal crumble on top.

These Fresh Strawberry Oatmeal Bars couldn’t be easier or more delicious! With a buttery crumb topping, sweet strawberry filling, and warm vanilla glaze, they are perfect for a snack or potluck. @wellplated

In the oven, the strawberries “cook” into a bright, almost pie-like filling that’s reminiscent of a wonderful homemade strawberry jam.

Made with oatmeal, whole wheat flour, and little added sugar (the sweetness of these bars comes almost entirely from the fresh strawberries themselves), these healthy oatmeal bars are wholesome enough for breakfast or an afternoon snack. Try one warmed up with a dollop of Greek yogurt.

Strawberry Crumb Bars recipe — with a buttery crust, sweet fresh strawberry filling, butter crumb topping, and vanilla glaze, these bars have it all and are so easy! Made with 100% whole grain and the natural sweetness of strawberries, they are healthy enough for a snack but make a wonderful dessert bar for a party or picnic too! @wellplated

For those who prefer a sweeter take, a drizzle of vanilla glaze (recipe included below) sweetens the strawberry bars enough for dessert, though if you feel the need to garnish them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, you have my blessing to say “I do.”

These are the easiest and best Strawberry Oatmeal Bars! Made in one bowl with a buttery crumb topping, sweet fresh strawberry filling, and vanilla glaze. Recipe uses 100% whole grains, so they are healthy enough for a snack but sweet enough for dessert! @wellplated

Speaking of “I do,” in keeping with prior years’ anniversary post tradition, here is a brief excerpt of what I learned about marriage this year. I’m sure to many, these lessons will seem trite; however, they are sincere, and as all good lessons should be, they are practical too.

  • Leave three things a day unsaid. I owe Gretchen Rubin for this nugget. That little critique you are dying to utter or grievance you want to air? Don’t. It will feel good for all of two-seconds. A pleasant, positive atmosphere feels good all night.
  • Put your phone away. I don’t mean face-down on the table “away.” I mean, AWAY. During dinner or another shared activity (reading in bed, watching Netflix, etc.), put your phone somewhere that you can’t get to it without physically standing up and walking. Maybe I’m supremely lazy, but placing my phone where I’d have to go to the trouble to haul myself up from the chair/couch/pillow and walk over to pick it up removes the temptation. No matter how quickly I glance at my notification screen or check to see how many Instagram likes my most recent post received, looking at my phone says silently say to Ben, “what I’m looking at is more important than what we are doing together right now.”
  • Say thank you when your spouse completes shared household tasks, like unloading the dishwasher or taking out the trash. It’s nice to be appreciated, even for the chores that are “expected.” I may have mentioned this one in years past, but it is worth repeating. Gratitude never goes out of fashion.

OK, let’s eat some Strawberry Oatmeal Bars already!

Past years’ anniversary posts (all of which include more wedding photos, in case you enjoy that sort of thing as much as I do):

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Healthy Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

The easiest, best strawberry oatmeal bars with butter crumb topping. One bowl, simple ingredients, and 100% whole grain—perfect for a snack or dessert!

Yield: 1 8x8 inch pan (16 small or 9 large)

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes (plus cool time)

Ingredients:

For the Strawberry Bars:

  • 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats (gluten free if needed)
  • 3/4 cup white whole wheat flour (or substitute all purpose flour or 1:1 baking flour to make gluten free)
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted (or substitute melted coconut oil to make vegan/dairy-free)
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice (from about 1/2 small lemon)
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar, divided
  • 2 cups, small-diced strawberries (10 ounces)

For the Vanilla Glaze (optional but delicious, especially if you prefer a sweeter bar):

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon milk (any kind you like)

Directions:

  1. Place a rack in the center of your oven and heat to 375 degrees F. Line an 8-by-8-inch baking pan with parchment paper so that the paper overhangs two sides like “handles.”
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the oats, 3/4 cup flour, brown sugar, ginger, and salt. Pour in the melted butter and stir until it forms clumps and the dry ingredients are evenly moistened. Set aside 1/2 cup of the crumble mixture, then press the rest into an even layer in the bottom of the prepared pan.
  3. Scatter half of the strawberries over the crust. Sprinkle the cornstarch evenly over the top, then sprinkle on the lemon juice, and 1/2 tablespoon of the granulated sugar. Scatter on the remaining berries, then the remaining 1/2 tablespoon sugar. Sprinkle the reserved crumbs evenly over the top. You will have some fruit showing through.
  4. Bake the bars for 35 to 40 minutes, until the fruit is bubbly and the crumb topping smells toasty and looks golden. Place the pan on a wire rack to cool completely (you can speed this process along in the refrigerator).
  5. While the bars cool, prepare the glaze: in a medium bowl, briskly whisk together the powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk until smooth. Feel free to add more milk if a thinner consistency is desired. Using the parchment paper handles, lift the bars from the pan. Drizzle with glaze, slice, and serve.

Notes: Recipe can be doubled and baked in a 9×13-inch baking pan. The bars will be a bit thicker, but still delicious. To make gluten free, substitute the white whole wheat flour with a 1:1 baking mix like this one.

Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days

All images and text ©/Well Plated.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 (of 16) without glaze

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 100
  • Total Fat: 5g
  • Saturated Fat: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 44mg
  • Sodium: 19mg
  • Carbohydrates: 13g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugar: 3g
  • Protein: 2g

About Erin Clarke

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157 comments

  1. We love your blog and have nominated you for the Leibster Award!  http://simplysundaysfoodblog.com/2016/03/31/liebster-award/

  2. First of all, this recipe sounds delicious.
    But what I came here to say is congratulations! Those photos are so adorable, I wish one day when I get married I have photos as pretty and lovely as yours to look back on.

  3. Oh my gosh Erin your wedding dress and pictures are GORGEOUS! Happy anniversary to you and your husband!!! Love the three tips you included about what you learned from marriage. Have an amazing day!

  4. LOVE this! Happy anniversary dear friend, your dress was gorgeous and your pictures are the cutest! I love the tradition of writing a post on your anniversary, so I might have to steal that one from you :)

  5. I just love your anniversary posts. <3 Enjoy the time with your mom. Happy Anniveresary! 

  6. A beautiful bride, Erin. Thank you for the nice bars. They sound and look wonderful

  7. First of all, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! LOVE seeing your wedding photos. So gorgeous. Also, love the little nuggets about what you learned this year. My parents, who have now been married for just shy of 44 years (SAY WHAT?!) say not a year goes by that you don’t learn a few new things about how to do marriage, and life together, better. And OMG – these strawberry bars. What a perfect way to celebrate. Think I might have to join you in  making a batch tonight :) 

  8. Happy Anniversary to you and Ben.. My hubby and I just celebrated 21 years on March 20 th. Don’t blink Erin ~~time goes by so fast..
    I love your dessert. We had a strawberry cake with blueberry and raspberry & blackberries. The merging of flavors were divine with cream cheese icing. 
    Your dessert looks so yummy..
    Make it a great day. I love your blog..
    I love your photos.
    Thank u for sharing so much ..
    Love you girl,
    Kim

  9. Congratulations to you! I admit, I teared up reading this post and love seeing the picture of your mom walking you down the aisle. And those bars look absolutely divine girl!

  10. Dear Erin, congratulations to you and Ben on your fourth wedding anniversary! Thank you for sharing the lovely photos from the big day! You look gorgeous and over-the-top happy! How nice that your mother could walk you down the aisle; I’m sure you could feel your father’s presence. Are those ruby slippers I spy under your beautiful and elegant wedding dress???

  11. What a sweet and fun way to celebrate your wedding anniversary! Matt and I came up with a rather fun gf cake for our upcoming wedding: hummingbird with cinnamon buttercream between the layers and covered in peanut butter buttercream. I found a recipe from The Lean Green Bean for hummingbird pancakes that I plan to make soon. I intend to start the same tradition as you and will make hummingbird desserts to celebrate. :) I love your marriage insights and believe they are all so true and worth reminding ourselves. I need to physically put my phone away much more. Happy anniversary, and the photos from your special day are beautiful!

  12. Happy Anniversary to you and Ben. I think the lessons you learned this year and so generously shared with your followers are great for anyone to apply to interaction with others. Thank you. 

    I also wanted to add that while I have only “met” you through your blog, I think it’s safe to say that Ben might think that you are the best person he knows!  

  13. Happy 4 years! What a lovely post- you looked beautiful on your wedding day :) Hope you have a lovely time with your mother visiting and lots of these oatmeal bars. Totally love how easily the filling comes together!

  14. Happy anniversary!  Many, many more, each happier than the one before.

  15. I would give anything to be able to spend another day with my mom. Cherish this time! A very Happy Anniversary and many more to my favorite blogger and her hubs! And the oatmeal bars look great too! 

  16. Happy anniversary Erin! Your pictures are so beautiful. My sweet mama just visited me the other weekend to help out with some things around our house, too. Aren’t moms the best?? Hope you had a wonderful time together and ate plenty of these amazing looking bars! Cheers!

  17. Happy anniversary!! You were such a gorgeous bride. Love all those photos. :) And these bars, my god. I need them!!

  18. [email protected] Reply

    These look so delicious…..your wedding dress is beautiful…..great picture of you and your mom….

  19. shawnna griffin Reply

    hey girl Happy Anniversary! Love the pics and those flowers were so pretty and so was your dress! God has blessed you both so much! And by the way …..the bars look so yummy!

  20. Happy anniversary! I love your cute tradition of making a strawberry dessert every year and I adore those beautiful wedding photos! These bars looks so incredible – definitely worthy of celebration :)

  21. Erin I love your tips! Especially the 3 things unsaid and the phone tip. Sometimes phones ruin everything. These bars look amazing! Happy anniversary! PS I love that picture of your mom. You both looks so beautiful and happy. 

  22. Happy Anniversary Erin! Love your blog, sense of humor and yummy recipes. :) 
    Many continued blessings to you and Ben. 

    Can’t wait to try these bars! 

    P.S. Can I use frozen strawberries?

  23. Happy anniversary Erin and Ben!

    Darling post, yummy looking bars and timeless marriage lessons that are worth repeating year after year!

    Here’s to many more happy years together!! 

  24. Happy Anniversary!
    We are celebrating our 6 month anniversary this month.  Time does fly!

  25. Oh my goodness.  THOSE BARS LOOK DEVINE.  And the photos of your wedding are so beautiful (especially the one of your mum walking you down the aisle)!  I love that you write a post every year on your anniversary to reflect on the marriage and to add a new strawberry dessert to your library of yummy treats.  That’s such a fun tradition, and something that will be so nice to look at many years down the road!  Filling your blog with great recipe is amazing, but filling it with special memories is priceless!  Wishing you two all the best this year (and every year) for your anniversary.  Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got three other strawberry dessert posts to read!  :)

  26. Happy Anniversary! I love that you make a strawberry dessert each year to celebrate. Your photos are gorgeous!

  27. I hope you had a wonderful anniversary, I have seen your photos from your wedding over the years and they are beautiful. I made these on Saturday morning, after breakfast was made, I had some strawberries that needed to be used and I had all the other ingredients on hand. They were simple and delicious and we all loved them. I also loved that I didn’t have to made a separate topping. Thank you for this simple healthy recipe. Even though I added the glaze, which just made them better.

  28. This looks yummy! You were a gorgeous bride. I love your dress.

    Enjoy your time with your mom.

  29. Happy anniversary! These bars look so perfect for spring!

  30. I love the recipe and how you incorporated your personal life into this post! Love your site! 

  31. Love the recipe and what a sweet post! I don’t think I’ve ever seen your wedding photos. You were a lovely bride! I need to apply marriage tip #1 more lol. Congratulations on your anniversary!

  32. Congratulations of four years of marriage Erin and Ben! I love the emphasis you put on learning and growing together with your husband. It sounds like you and Ben are great partners! I’ve been following your blog for about a year now and I always enjoy your style of writing and practical healthy recipes. These strawberry bars look so simple and I like that they can be a healthy treat or a sweeter dessert!

  33. Oh my goodness!! I just made these, I had some strawberries in the fridge that needed used up. Fantastic!! My husband loves them too. I debated about the glaze, and he voted no glaze. And guess what? They don’t need glaze. They are perfect just as they are, with a little dollop of whipped cream on the side. They are just the right blend of sweet and tart. I’ll definitely make these again. They are perfect with a cup of tea for a special afternoon treat. Thanks for a great recipe! 

  34. Thanks for sharing a great recipe!  I made this tonight as directed and served it warm out of the oven with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.    Yummy!!!   I will definitely be making this for years to come!

  35. I tried this tonight and loved the taste and look of it. I also found it really simple and fast which i love. However, they are falling apart…not quite self-sustainable squares and also a bit thin. I am gonna retry in a smaller pan again but any ideas on how i can get them firmer and thicker?

    • Lina, I’ve never made the recipe this way so it would be a bit of an experiment, but I think the best way to thicken the bars is to increase the amount of the crumb base/topping—I’d do about 1.5 times the recipe amount to start but still bake in an 8×8-inch pan. The berries you could try increasing, but again this would be a bit of an experiment, because I’m not sure how well the filling would set with extra berries. The bars shouldn’t be overly crumbly. My first thought is that they were a little over baked. Other possibilities: Is it possible you over-measured the flour (it should be lightly spooned and leveled, not packed, in the measuring cups) or used 100% regular wheat flour or quick oats instead of rolled? All of these things (and more!) can make a difference. The bars will be soft, vs crispy and firm though—that’s a factor of the recipe and the fact that it doesn’t use gobs of butter/sugar. I hope that helps for the next round!

  36. Where are directions??

  37. Sally Hare-Schriner Reply

    I bought 3 quarts of strawberries yesterday for $1.28 each!!  Came across your receipe, which looks fabulous.  Question, I am out of parchment paper.  Could I line the pan with a sheet of foil and be okay?

  38. Made these this morning and they turned out great! Used half coconut oil and half butter.Thanks for a great recipe!!

  39. Went strawberry picking over the weekend and made these bars this morning.  I found them a bit wet.  Has anyone tried drying the stawberries somewhat first?  Thx.

    • Hi Lisa! The bars are a little moist vs. crispy, but should not be wet. My guess is that your strawberries were particularly ripe, since they are freshly picked. Next time, I would suggest sprinkling on a little extra cornstarch. I hope that helps!

  40. Just found your site looking for a healthy recipe for teacher appreciation week! I’m going to try it today! I’m going to double the recipe, should I just keep them in two separate 8×8 pans or can I just use a 9×14 cake pan? By the way happy Anniversary! You were a beautiful bride!

  41. Just printed the recipe and saw your note at the bottom about doubling the recipe, thanks!

  42. Just wanted to say I made this today and it turned out great!! So tasty! I have one question though which may be dumb but just have to ask! How did your glaze stay so white? After adding the vanilla mine turned a very light brown color  and although the taste was perfect I like the look of the white over the browned oats and was wondering if you know what may have gone wrong? I even added more sugar and milk but the color remained. Thanks again for a wonderful recipe!!

    • Raj, I’m so happy you loved the taste of the bars, and this isn’t a dumb question at all! You made the recipe perfectly. Pure vanilla extract (which is what you should ALWAYS use while baking) can make a glaze look slightly brown, since it is brown in color. The taste is totally worth it though! I used a clear vanilla extract for the photos only, because it comes out a more true white.

      • Thanks Erin! Good to know I’m not yet officially crazy! I made these with my 2.5 y/o twins trying to grab the ingredients as I used them so I thought maybe I just messed something up! Thanks for the clarification and happy anniversary!!

      • Thanks Erin! Good to know I’m not yet officially crazy! I made these with my 2.5 y/o twins trying to grab the ingredients as I used them so I thought maybe I just messed something up! Thanks for the clarification and happy anniversary!!

  43. Happy Anniversary Erin!  I hope you had a lovely day with your hubby and mom.  :)  Thanks for sharing these lovely bars.  Can’t wait to try them.  I have some strawberries in the freezer that I have been looking for a recipe to pull them out.  Not sure if the texture will be a bit off, so I may sub in some fresh berries too.  

    Thanks again. 

  44. Stephanie Brummett Reply

    I made your strawberry oatmeal bars tonight and they are delicious! My only regret… is I didn’t make a double batch! Have you tried freezing these? I would love to make a couple batches and freeze them for a quick and delicious breakfast on the way to work.

    • Stephanie, I”m so happy you loved these so much! I’ve never frozen them, but I think that would be fine. I’d suggest freezing them without the glaze, then letting them thaw in the refrigerator.

  45. Did you use old fashioned quick oats?
    Thanks! 

    • Hi Lauren! Old fashioned oats usually refer to “rolled” oats which are less processed than quick oats. I used the old fashioned (rolled) oats. You can use quick oats, but the texture of the bars will be softer because rolled oats are more sturdy and hold up better in baking.

  46. These bars look delicious !! Can less butter be used ??? Or can lower fat margarine be used instead ??? Gotta watch the fats in our diet ..thanks so much !!

    • Hi Doris! I’ve never tested this recipe with either less butter (I think it would turn out too crumbly/dry) or a lower fat margarine. Overall, the recipe really doesn’t have a significant amount butter compared with similar bars. If you don’t mind the taste of lower fat margarine, you could try that swap though!

  47. I never comment on recipes.  That said, I logged back onto my computer after making these bars, because I simply had to tell you how awesome they are.  I didn’t even do the glaze—they’re plenty sweet, as is!  And I just plain love them.  Even better— my kids both love them, too.  Many thanks for a fabulous recipe!  :)

    • Debbie, this makes my night!! Thank you SO much for sharing this kind review. I’m so happy that you and your kids enjoyed these bars so much. Have a wonderful night!

  48. These granola bars looked interesting so gave them a try. They were very good. My hubby especially liked them. I would make them again. They are a keeper.

    • Carol, I am so happy to hear how much you and your husband loved them! If you try the recipes with blueberries too, I’d love to hear how they come out. Thanks for taking time to leave your review!!

  49. I ment to mention that I am going to try this recipe with blueberries. Also will try using coconut oil in place of the butter. I think the blueberries will also be yummy.

  50. Hi Erin, I made this recipe the other day, it was gone in a day (and there’s only 3 of us) so I made it again two days later (gone again).  It’s delicious and so flavorful and good for you too!. I like that there’s loads of strawberries.  My daughter had it for breakfast and even snuck a piece or two for a late night snack :).

  51. Happy Anniversary!  Rarely do I have time to look at Pintrest but your recipes looked so yummy that I could not resist. Thank you for sharing your anniversary tradition of making a strawberry something to celebrate. My husband and I will be married 40 years in July. I think I should make these to celebrate early!  We eat breakfast in bed during the week and these would indeed be scrupulous with yogurt. 

  52. Thank you for the recipe, it was delicious!!! 
    Made it with Coconut Oil instead of butter.

  53. Made these tonight! Excellent flavor but like a few others, mine fell apart. I think my berries may have been extra ripe. I did use some of the suggestions and doubled the cornstarch hoping it would firm up the bars. I’m going to make another batch with store bought strawberries and 1.5x the crumb mixture. They were sooo good with some strawberry Greek yogurt. Have you ever added protein powder to increase the protein content? These would be perfect for breakfast if I could find a way to up the protein. Thanks for such a wonderful recipe!

    • Hi Sarah! I’m glad you liked the bars and think your suggested tweaks sound like a great way to play around to get the bars to be just to your liking. I’ve never tried these with protein powder, so this would be an experiment on your part. Definitely keep an eye on the batter to make sure it’s not overly dry. You can always top with with more Greek yogurt for protein too!

  54. Hi Erin I really want to make this recipe after searching for strawnerry dessert for a while ! Do you think coconut sugar will be used instead of granulate sugar? Will it change the color of the bar? Thanks ❤️ And btw you were a gorgeous bride ❤️ 🌸🌸

    • Katie, I’ve never made these with coconut sugar, so I can’t give you specifics. Coconut sugar is a lot drier than granulated sugar, so I would be concerned about the bars drying out—you might want to think about adding extra butter, some Greek yogurt, or applesauce to off set this. I’d suggest searching online for tips to swap regular granulated sugar for coconut sugar. Coconut sugar also acts more like brown sugar vs. white, so the color, flavor, and consistency of the bars would be different too. If you decide to experiment, I’d love to hear what changes you make and how the bars turn out!!

      • Thank so much for your suggestion I just start baking not long time ago and your site now is the place I do enjoy reading !! Your creations are fantastic!! 

  55. Erin,
            Can I just say that this is my new favorite thing, on the planet. It’s literally perfect. I didn’t have enough to strawberries so I threw in some blueberries to make up for it. Delicious! Anyways, thanks for sharing your genius :) 

    • Rachel, I am sooooooo giddy to hear this! Thanks so much for sharing this glowing review. I’m so happy you love the recipe, and the blueberry addition sounds dreamy :)

  56. This is a super easy recipe and delicious! I used our garden strawberries. Thanks for the recipe. I will definitely be making it again.

  57. Can I use regular whole wheat flour if I don’t have WHITE whole wheat flour?

    • Denise, you certainly can, though the bars might come out a bit dryer and they will have a more pronounced “wheat” taste. I’d suggest trying half whole wheat flour and half all purpose if you prefer not to purchase white whole wheat flour, which is softer and milder in flavor.

  58. Hello! I tried this recipe last night and wow are these bars good! Not too sweet and perfect for summer. The bars do get softer as they sit but I bet it’ll be great in a bowl with Greek yogurt.
    The only changes I did was I used coconut sugar and drizzled in a some molasses to mimic brown sugar. I used probably around a tablespoon. Also, I skipped the lemon juice since I didn’t have any. Great recipe.

  59. Hello from Leeds, England!
    I just discovered your blog when I was searching for a healthy, different recipe to enter into a Bake-off coffee morning competition on Sunday and thought these Strawberry Oatmeal bars sounded perfect. 
    Guess what? I won!!!
    The judges loved the summery, fruity, not-too-sweet flavour and moist texture. They were so easy to make and now all my friends want the recipe! 
    I won a beautiful glass trifle bowl! So THANK YOU very much for a fab prize-winning recipe!
    (I love your wedding photos and marriage tips too)
    Natalie x

  60. HI Erin!  I just came across your blog and love your recipes, I loved blogging my fave recipes too! I’m going to make these strawberry bars tonight for my daughters to take to a party tomorrow, they’ll be perfect!  

    I also showed my friend the pic of your Mom and you, she is getting married next year and wanted to know if you would share where your Mom got her dress from?  It is stunning on her, so elegant!  

    Best to you, Kim. 

  61. Loved your recipe! It came out delicious. I didn’t add the glaze. The bars were sweet enough for me on their own. I’m planning on bringing these to work for my breakfast. They’re so easy to pack and go. Thanks!

  62. Yay for your Anniversary !!  Beautiful … question about the bars … is it possible to use frozen strawberries?? 

    • Also, spraying the pan with non-stick a good idea ??

    • Thank you Shari!! I’ve never tried this recipe with frozen strawberries, so I can’t say for certain. I would be a bit worried about them making the bars mushy, and also, the strawberries need to be diced, which could be harder with frozen berries. If you want try, I’d suggest you let the berries thaw, pat them dry, then dice. If you try the recipe with frozen berries, I’d love to hear how they come out!

      • Thanks Erin … hope you have a spectacular day !!   And if I do try the frozen, will definitely let you know 

  63. Cristin Poischbeg Reply

    I just made these last night with the help of my 3.5 year old daughter (she cut the strawberries in an egg slicer). I used coconut oil and regular whole wheat flour. I did not find them to have a strong “wheat” flavor with the whole wheat flour. They tasted just fine without using the “white” whole wheat flour. I thought the bars tasted great, and even my super picky eater (she must be at least 75% mac and cheese by this point) gobbled the bar up for breakfast this morning. I prefer this method over a simple “fruit crumble.” I guess because you get more of the yummy crumble. :) Thanks for this super easy recipe!

  64. I tried this recipe which looks delicious, but my strawberries didn’t really melt down- so it’s just a mix of hot fruit and granola – where did I go wrong??

    • Jeanette, my guess is that your strawberries were not especially ripe, or that maybe you didn’t dice them small enough? I hope the bars at least still tasted good!

  65. I made this recipe today and it was sooo yummy!! I am gluten free, so I substituted GF Baking flour and they came out so delicious. Love them – thank you!

  66. Hello! Recently made your strawberry bars, and although they did turn out delicious, I had trouble keeping the bar intact. I had to use coconut flour because I am gluten free, and instead of using butter I used coconut oil. Could this be the reason? And if so, is there anything else I can do to make the bar stick together more? Thank you!
    Sarah

  67. I tried the recipe and it didn’t work out for me.  My mixuture looked like it had too much flour and not enough butter ratio to make everything ‘wet’.   It tasted good when I mixed it all together but the oats and flour were raw and the strawberries cooked.  Bummer. 

    • Hi AJ! That IS a bummer. As you can see from the other reviews, this recipe has been made quite a lot with others being happy with it. This sounds like it could be an issue with either measuring or the bake time. Regardless, I’m sorry it didn’t work out for you!

  68. I made these bars today, using GF oats & flour and they came out perfect.  I didn’t bother to make the icing because I thought they were sweet enough.  Loved how easy the recipe was and that it was made with ingredients I had in the pantry!  Thanks for sharing!!

  69. Loved this recipe!  Made for my Church Youth Group. I doubled it and put it ina 13x 6 pan. Did not add the icing.   It really didn’t need it!  This was devoured by the group!  Thanks for such a yummy recipe!!

  70. Hi Erin, how crucial would you say the lemon juice is? I want to make these now and have everything but!

  71. I made these today but they never formed together as a solid so it just turned out like a crumble. I can’t figure out what I did wrong :(

    • Hi Alyson! It’s hard for me to say without being in the kitchen with you. My guess is that it is a case of mis-measuring. Did you lightly scoop the flour into your measuring cup, then level it off, vs. just reaching it down into the bag? This is actually the best way to measure flour to make sure you don’t end up with too much. Also, did you use the full 6 tablespoons of butter? Those are my best guesses. I’m sorry the bars didn’t turn out!

  72. Sounds delicious! I have a ton of frozen strawberries from the summer. Have you ever tried baking with frozen strawberries? I’m struggling to find recipes that use frozen which leads me to believe maybe it won’t turn out well. Maybe too watery? 

    • Hi Amanda, I think you’re right that using frozen could be too watery. If you’d like to try it, though, I’d suggest thawing them and then blotting them dry before using, or tossing them in a little bit of cornstarch before adding them. I haven’t tried the recipe this way, so you’d be experimenting, but I would be looking for ways to use those yummy summer strawberries too! Good luck!

  73. I stumbled on your blog cruising Pinterest. I usually don’t  read to blogs, but find yours very interesting. Job well done. Thanks. 

    • What a wonderful compliment! Thank you so much for taking the time to say so, Audrey. I really appreciate it! I’m glad you’re here. :)

  74. I’ve made these bars before and they were fantastic! I’m on a ‘no refined sugar’ diet and I’m wondering if the crumble would work out if I used honey instead of the brown sugar? 

  75. Wow I clicked a Chocolate, Chocolate and more link on FB and found this recipe… except I got more then expected! A wonderful post. I was crying before I got to the recipe. I love the photo of your mom walking you down the aisle. When I clicked the link I didn’t expect a whole blog full of real life encouragement as well as yummy recipes.

    • Debbie, I am pretty much tearing up reading this comment! I can’t tell you how much it means to me to know that you appreciated what I shared in my post. I’m so glad that you found my blog, and I hope that you love the strawberry oatmeal bars too!

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