Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

My alter ego Erin the Early Riser wakes each morning at dawn, prepares a wholesome batch of blueberry pancakes, then sips her coffee slowly and watches the sun rise. Real Life Erin rushes around like a mad woman looking for her socks, chugs her coffee over the sink, then praises the heavens for Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast Bars.

Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast Bars. Healthy oatmeal bars made with applesauce and almond butter.

I am chronically late. No matter how much time I allow myself or how important the occasion, I never seem to be able to push myself out the door at the proper hour. Honestly, I would have been late to my own wedding if I didn’t have six assertive bridesmaids shoving me and my 15-pound white ball-gown into the back of an SUV.

Inevitably, I arrive at my final destination frazzled and lightly perspiring, but Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast Bars are my saving grace. At least I’m not frazzled, perspiring, and hungry!

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Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast Bars. Healthy and filling!

Mealtime is sacred to me, but I don’t always have time to sit down for a leisurely breakfast. Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast Bars are perfect for hectic mornings, because they are completely portable but still offer the benefits of a wholesome, homemade dish.

The recipe for Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast Bars is based off of one of my (and your!) all-time favorite recipes, Peanut Butter Oatmeal Breakfast Bars. How do I know you love those tasty bars? You told me in my ultra-fab reader survey!

Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast Bars Recipe. Easy, healthy, and filling!

To bake Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast Bars, I updated the original Peanut Butter Oatmeal Breakfast Bars recipe with strawberries, almonds, and almond butter. Today’s strawberry version is every bit as healthy and filling as the original, but with a fresh summer twist. I love how the soft and juicy pockets of strawberry contrast with the crispy-crunchy nuggets of toasted almonds and hearty oats.

Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast Bars are perfect for snacks, school lunches, pre/post work out fuel-ups, and breakfasts on the run. They are quick to make, freeze like a dream (I bake them in bulk, freeze individually, then thaw as needed), and will keep you full for hours. Ditch the drive through meals and store-bought bars that add to your budget and have big, scary words listed in the ingredients; reach for Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast Bars instead!

Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast Bars Recipe. An healthy and filling breakfast or snack.

Despite my persistent tardiness, I do harbor hopes of being punctual one day. I want to stop Ben from chasing me around the house yelling, “two minutes!” and save my tongue from rapid-consumption coffee burn. Should the heavens open and shower promptness upon me, however, I will continue baking Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast Bars. I may eat them on the go out of necessity, but their flavor is worth stopping to savor.

Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

Healthy, filling breakfast bars made with oatmeal, fresh strawberries, honey, and almonds. Easy to make and inexpensive, these tasty bars also make fantastic snacks and can be frozen for up to four months. With such a simple, yummy recipe, you'll never want to buy store bought bars again!

Yield: 8 bars

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups milk (I used unsweetened vanilla almond, but any kind will do nicely)
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract
  • 1/2 cup hulled and quartered strawberries
  • 1/4 cup roasted almonds, roughly chopped

Directions:

  1. Place rack in the center reheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly coat an 8x8 inch square pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together the oats, whole wheat flour, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt. In a separate large bowl, combine the milk, applesauce, egg, honey, almond butter, vanilla extract, and almond extract.
  3. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet mixture and stir to combine . The batter will be very wet. Fold in the diced strawberries and almonds, then pour into the prepared baking pan.
  4. Bake for 35 minutes or until the bars are thickened and golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool, cut into bars, and serve.

Storage: Once cooled, bars can be wrapped individually in plastic and kept in the refrigerator for 5 days or frozen in a zip-top bag for up to 4 months. Let thaw in the refrigerator for 24-48 hours before serving. For a larger yield, increase the ingredient quantities by 1.5 and bakes in a 9x13 inch pan for 25-30 minutes.

 

About Erin Clarke

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46 comments

  1. It is a rainy day here and I was just thinking to myself, I should bake something. And then you answered my question. These bars look amazing and I love the use of almond milk. Thank you, thank you!

  2. I’m new to the oatmeal scene. But why not eat them in a bar with some strawberry love.

    I’m still waiting for fresh strawberries to grow here in Niagara Falls, but whatever, the Cali ones are still good =)

    Looks like breakfast to me =)

  3. Nothing and nobody gets in my way when meal time rolls around. No matter what is going on, I cannot miss a meal. Because let’s face it, nobody wants to be around Kathi when she is hangry, ha.
    I usually scramble in the morning to get out the door (mainly because I can’t stop staring at the beautiful food my fellow bloggers make) and almost always have breakfast while running out the door. These breakfast bars have my name written all over them. Love, love, love!

  4. Yup, that’s me too, Erin, flying around in the morning with no time to spare. I LOVE the idea of these bars. They remind me of what we call ‘flapjacks’ in the UK, but they’re always loaded with sugar. I love that these are sort of cookie-ish/cake-ish, but far far healthier. :-)

  5. i havent had breakfast properly for so long that i cant even remember…its always something portable. okay now i need to go check everyones favorite breakfast bars because im all about muffins and bars in the morning.

  6. These would be a life saver for me in the morning when I’m running around like a chix’n with my head cut off!! Yum!

    • Your morning routine sounds similar to mine! These bars have definitely saved me from inflicting some serious hanger on innocent coworkers on many occasions!

  7. Erin, I love the sound of your alter ego–surely a thing to aspire to as another chronically late person :) These bars look like the perfect meal on the go (which I definitely could have used this morning)!

  8. I can so relate because I am perpetually running about 10 minutes late, no matter how hard I try. And my husband is super punctual, so I’m usually the one who is dragging my feet. These look great! If I can’t use almonds, what might be a good substitute?

    • Thanks so much and great question! You can omit the almonds (and almond butter) and swap in whatever flavors you like (other nuts, chocolate chips, dried fruit, etc.). If you don’t have a nut allergy, peanut butter would be great in place of the almond butter, but if so, feel free to leave it out.

  9. I wish I could be one of those people who prepares a hot breakfast every morning…but no. Impossible. these are perfect!!

  10. Healthy and grab go? Oh and you mentioned strawberries. Beautiful breakfast. Have a wonderful Wednesday Erin!

  11. I am a terrible morning person! But these breakfast bars would make the morning a better place for me and the people around me:)

  12. I soooo need to make these. I’m awful at getting out the door quickly in the morning, and these would definitely help!

  13. Your mornings sound similar to mine…but I take my coffee to go and have many the opportunity to spill it on myself and my car on my way to work…oh the joys! These breakfast bars look super yummy, definitely need to try them and take them along on my commute!

  14. If i had to eat breakfast every day before walking out the door there is no way I would ever be anywhere on time. Yes, yes, thank goodness for bars like these!

  15. I am obsessed with your peanut butter bars and was just thinking I need to make them again! Now I want these ones!!

  16. This made my morning, Erin! Haha, the coffee chugging sounds oh so familiar :) These bars are jam packed with flavor! The strawberry and oats would make rolling out of bed a lot easier. They look like they cut and store really well, bravo!

  17. Erin, these look delish. I’m thinking these might be a tasty treat to send my bestie out on his bike riding adventures with. Not too mention ensuring I actually eat brekkie myself. LOL! Thanks for the inspiration, to the kitchen I go.

  18. These cereal bars sound like a delicious healthy life-saver. I too run around like crazy trying to do a hundred things before I leave the house. I started waking up earlier just so I could at least enjoy a cup of coffee at home. Of course, that means I’m eating my breakfast in the car or as soon as I get to work.

  19. I love baked oatmeal! i can’t wait to add strawberries to mine this summer!

  20. I’ve been on an oatmeal kick lately, but I tend to be a bit boring with how I prepare it. These bars would be fabulous to break out of my oatmeal funk. Love the strawberries and the almond extract!

  21. I can totally relate to you about always feeling rusted in the morning no matter how much time I give myself!

    BTW, these breakfast bars look delicious! I love strawberries!

  22. Hahahaaa… yup, I totally relate to the ‘late’ thing. I never used to be late, but… well, I blame Aaron, as he’s late for everything and I appear to have inherited his trait! Anyway, back to this gorgeous recipe – you are amazing! I love that you’ve responded so quickly to the reader survey and you’ve cranked out an even more delicious oatmeal bar than the last one :) Yay for summery strawberries and almond butter. I am totally making these on the weekend! xx

  23. Haha, so cute – I am always running around in the morning too and my hubby is yelling how much more time is left. These breakfast bars sound perfect! I love the strawberries and almond butter in here – perfect meal on the go :)

  24. These breakfast bars are exactly what my mornings need!

  25. I always push the time limits too. I’m conscious of when I need to leave the house to get somewhere and then spend every wakey moment (and then some) finding things to do that don’t really need to be done. Anyhoo, You and I would get ourselves into trouble together, but we’d sure have fun in the process ;) These bars look delicious! Just what I need for breakfast!

  26. I’m quite the exact opposite of you in the morning…up early with extra time, and always make time for breakfast and never late. But that can literally get annoying..I have a chronic problem of being early lol…these bars look great though and would be nice to whip out for with lunch or a snack? Thanks Erin, fabulous recipe! :)

  27. Hhahah real life Erin sounds like real like Zainab. Always frantic in the morning and late to everything lol! That’s why I love me some on the go breakfast. These bars will be happening for next week and the repeat of “i must wake up earlier to make it to work on time”.

  28. I am so not a morning person. My husband likes to have at least an hour and a half to eat breakfast and drink coffee before he goes to work and sometimes I pack my lunch the night before so I can wake up only 20 minutes before I need to leave the house! Unfortunately, that habit leaves me eating a banana or apple for breakfast. I think I need to make these bars so I have something substantial to grab as I’m running out of the house!

  29. I love the idea of baking breakfast bars in bulk and freezing (if I can squeeze in more baked goods in my freezer!) I am usually early, except at parties when I try to arrive fashionably late ;)

  30. Yuuuumm! I love almond flavor (and almond butter!) and pairing it with oats and strawberries sounds amazing! I’m usually a cereal girl in the morning (okay, *always* a cereal girl), but I’m constantly needing a snack during the day, so this would be perfect!

  31. Mmmm I love strawberry baked goods! These look wonderful. Going to bookmark this one and replace the egg with some flax and see if I can tweak it! Fabulous little snack recipe! Drooling!

    • Thanks Allison! I’ve never tried it with a flax egg, but that’s a great idea for people with dietary restrictions. If you try it, I would love to hear how it turns out!

  32. Hahaha I’m the exact opposite. If I’m not on time, I get all sorts of anxiety. I like, have it hardwired in my that I need to be on time for like, everything! Being late is just not an option.

    These breakfast bars look fantastic… especially b/c that’s what I have every morning during the week. Going to have to give these a try!

  33. These look great! Seems they would be a quick breakfast or terrific snack. I’m looking forward to trying them out. Do you think maple syrup would work in place of the honey, or do you need honey’s sticky-ness?

    • Hi Sheila,
      Sorry, I just now saw this question! You can absolutely use maple syrup. It’s more to add sweetness than act as a binder (the egg and applesauce will hold the bars together). I might have to try that myself next time–sounds wonderful!

  34. Hi how many calories do you think they are iam glad you shared your recipe with us thanks .ive been looking for different breakfast iedas gick and healthy .

    • Hi Ann,
      I actually don’t create calorie counts for any of my recipes, as I instead focus on using healthy, whole ingredients and trust the rest to work itself out (also I’m not a registered dietician and there can be variation from product to product.) If you are interested in finding out, I know that there are many free calculators available online. A simple Google search should lead you to several options. I definitely tried to make these bars extra wholesome though, so if you are looking for a healthy breakfast or snack, these would be a wonderful choice!

  35. Many of us Diabetic folks need a calorie count, and sugar content. Any chance you could have this with each recipe ? thanks a million Lilly from B. C.

    • You bring up a great question—I don’t include this information for a variety of reasons. I certainly appreciate the importance of nutrition and seeing healthy, balanced meals, and I can see your concern; however, I am not a registered dietitian and therefore do not feel comfortable posting nutritional information. Additionally many factors could cause the dish I make at home to vary nutritionally from the iteration you create, including brands of ingredients, measuring styles, and final serving size. Instead of using a nutritional calculator, I try to focus on meals that include lots of fruits, veggies, low-fat dairy, and whole grains.
      If you would like nutritional information, many free calculators are available online. I don’t recommend any one in particular, but a Google search should give you many options. I know this isn’t the answer you were hoping for, but it is the best I can offer at the moment!

  36. These look amazing!! Exactly what I’m looking for my sons lunchbox. Only problem is that school is a nut free zone. What can I substitute the almond butter and almonds with?

    Thanks
    Mushkie

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