These Healthy Strawberry Oatmeal Bars are delicious for breakfast, dessert or even a snack!
Strawberry Oatmeal Bars
As summer time approaches, I am always looking for Healthy Breakfast and Snack Ideas for my growing boys.
I like having recipes on hand that I can make from scratch for them because I’m able to control the ingredients used and switch things in and out based on what ingredients I have on hand.
These healthy strawberry oatmeal bars are versatile, they can be made ahead of time and used as a quick option for breakfast on the go, or even as a snack.
If we’re going to be taking them out of the house, I’ll put the individual bars in snack size ziplock bags, so they are pre-portioned into just the right size.
As always, it’s a really good idea to gather all of your ingredients before you begin.
Measuring them out can also be a huge help.
While it does create a few extra dishes to wash, I have small containers I use, and then it only takes a couple of minutes to wash them, dry them, and put them away while my dish is baking.
Next, place a rack in the center of your oven and preheat to 375 degrees F.
Line an 8×8” baking pan with parchment paper so the paper overhangs the two sides.
In a medium bowl, combine the oats, 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 ½ cup of the crumble mixture, then press the rest into an even layer in the bottom of the prepared pan.
Scatter half of the strawberries over the crust, and then sprinkle on the cornstarch, lemon juice, and ½ tablespoon sugar evenly over the top.
Scatter the remaining berries, then the remaining ½ tablespoon sugar.
Sprinkle the reserved ½ cup crumb mixture evenly on top.
Berries will be peaking through the topping.
Bake the bars for 35-40 minutes, until the fruit is bubbly and topping is golden.
Cool on a wire rack completely.
Once cooled, pull bars out of the pan using the parchment paper – slice and serve.
This Strawberry Oatmeal Bars recipe is very versatile – replace strawberries with 2 cups of mixed of berries, cherries, apples or whatever fruit you desire.
These bars have a crispy, buttery crust.
The recipe can be easily made gluten-free by simply using gluten free flour and gluten free rolled oats.
This is super easy to make – one bowl, simple ingredients, whole grain and a healthy option for breakfast, dessert or a snack.
- 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
- ¾ cup flour
- 1/3 cup light brown sugar
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice from about ½ small lemon
- 1 tablespoon sugar divided
- 2 cups small-diced strawberries
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 140Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 48mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 2gSugar: 8gProtein: 2g
What is your favorite fruit to use in a recipe?
Healthy Oatmeal Bars are a great snack to take hiking, camping, and to sporting events!
As I mentioned, I make this Oatmeal Bars Recipe using whatever fruit I have on hand, and it’s a great energy boost for us when we’re out hiking or at Cross Country/Track events with my kids.
These are a few items I find helpful in my own kitchen when preparing this Healthy Strawberry Oatmeal Bars Recipe:
OXO Good Grips 3-piece Mixing Bowl Set, White Bowls with Blue/Green/Brown HandlesWilton Perfect Results Premium Non-Stick 8-Inch Square Cake Pans, Set of 2Reynolds Kitchens Non-Stick Parchment Paper – 60 Square FeetZiploc Snack Bags, 280 ctDIY Protein Bars Cookbook [3rd Edition]: Easy, Healthy, Homemade No-Bake Treats That Are Packed With Protein!DIY Protein bars: The Best Homemade Protein Bars RecipesThe Gastric Sleeve Bariatric Cookbook: Easy Meal Plans and Recipes to Eat Well & Keep the Weight Off