Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

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Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
55 mins
Calories
132

Made with fresh, juicy strawberries and a buttery crumble topping, these easy Strawberry Oatmeal Bars are a crave-worthy breakfast, snack or dessert. Each bar contains only 132 calories!

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Healthy Strawberry Oat Bars

Delight your taste buds with the fresh strawberry flavor packed into these homemade oatmeal bars. Combined with warm cinnamon, zesty lemon juice, sweet brown sugar and more, it’s hard to believe that these babies are so low in calories! Whether you serve them for breakfast, snack or dessert, get ready to experience some sweet strawberry bliss.

Many oat bars are loaded with granulated sugar to sweeten them up, but this recipe uses raw honey instead. Paired with a small amount of brown sugar, this gives your bars the most amazing flavor with minimal refined sugar included. They also use whole wheat flour to keep them as nutritious as possible.

The bright berry filling is topped with a crispy, buttery crumble that doubles as the crust on the bottom. I can’t even describe how wonderfully it complements the flavor and texture of the filling! All in all, you only need 10 ingredients to bring this dreamy dish to life.

Let’s get baking!

A bowl of rolled oats, a small dish containing ground cinnamon and the rest of the bar ingredients on a marble countertop

What You’ll Need

Why don’t we start by going over the ingredients you’ll need. Remember to scroll down to the recipe card to see the specific amounts.

For the Crust & Crumble

  • Unsalted Butter: Melted.
  • White Whole Wheat Flour: Weigh your flour with a food scale to ensure accuracy.
  • Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats: Don’t try to substitute these for quick or steel-cut oats!
  • Honey: Raw and unfiltered honey is best.
  • Brown Sugar
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Salt: A small pinch of salt helps enhance and balance out the other flavors in the bars.

For the Strawberry Filling

  • Fresh Strawberries: Rinsed, dried and sliced.
  • Lemon Juice: Freshly squeezed.
  • Vanilla Extract
  • White Whole Wheat Flour
A close-up shot of a strawberry oatmeal bar with portions of other bars shown beside it

How to Make Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

These oat bars are so easy to make, there’s no need to break things down between the crumble and the filling. All of the prep work will be done in just 5 minutes!

Heat Oven & Prep Pan: Preheat the oven to 350°F and line the bottom of an 8×8-inch pan with parchment paper. Spray the lined pan with cooking spray.

Make Crust/Crumble: Add the melted butter, flour, oats, honey, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt to a large bowl. Mix until everything is just combined – the mixture should be a little crumbly. Scoop out 1 cup of the mixture and set it aside to use for the crumble.

Add Crust to Pan: Add the remaining mixture to the prepared pan. Spread it out and use your fingers to press it into the bottom of the pan so the crust is in an even layer.

The oatmeal mixture pressed into a square pan lined with parchment paper

Make Filling: Add the prepared strawberries, lemon juice, vanilla extract and flour to a small bowl. Toss to combine the ingredients.

Spread Over Crust: Add the strawberry mixture on top of the crust and spread it out evenly.

Add Crumble: Evenly sprinkle the remaining crust/crumble mixture over the top of the bars.

The crumble topping on top of the filling and crust in the prepared baking pan

Bake: Bake your oatmeal bars in the preheated oven for 50 minutes.

Let Cool, Slice & Serve: Remove your strawberry oatmeal bars from the pan and let them sit for at least 10 minutes before you cut and serve them.

Nine strawberry oatmeal bars on top of a sheet of parchment paper

Tips for the Best Results

Keep these helpful tips in mind while you’re preparing your ingredients and putting together the bars. As a result, the final product will be flawless.

  • Avoid Over-Measuring the Flour: Flour can be difficult to measure accurately due to its tendency to pack into the measuring cup too tightly. To prevent this from happening, spoon it into the measuring cup and level it off at the top with a butter knife, fluffing up the flour before picking up each spoonful. If you have a food scale, utilize that to ensure accuracy.
  • Old-Fashioned Oats Only: Quick oats and steel-cut oats will not work for this recipe! Be sure to reach for regular rolled oats instead.
  • Line and Grease the Pan: I like to grease my pan with a thin layer of cooking spray after I line it with parchment paper. This makes for easy removal of the finished bars.
  • Don’t Skip the Resting Time: These oatmeal bars need to sit for at least 10 minutes before they’re cut. Otherwise, it would be difficult to slice them into even servings.
A bunch of homemade strawberry oatmeal bars on top of a sheet of parchment paper

Variation Ideas

Want to put a spin on these strawberry oatmeal bars? Be my guest!

  • Strawberry Jam Bars: If you’d like to infuse these bars with some extra strawberry goodness, feel free to add a layer of Homemade Strawberry Jam underneath the filling. The more the merrier!
  • Chocolate Strawberry Oat Bars: When it comes to fruity treats like these, it never hurts to add some chocolate. I prefer using dark chocolate to keep my bars on the healthier side, but you can go with any kind you like. Simply fold some mini chocolate chips into the crust mixture and proceed with the recipe as usual.
  • Nutty Strawberry Oat Bars: There are a couple of different ways to add some nutty flavor to these fruit bars. You can either fold your favorite chopped nuts into the crumble or make the filling with half a teaspoon of vanilla extract and half a teaspoon of almond extract. Either way, it adds a lovely element.
Three strawberry oatmeal bars stacked on top of one another with a fresh berry beside the stack

Serving Suggestions

If you’re enjoying a strawberry oatmeal bar for breakfast, I recommend topping it with a scoop of Greek yogurt or pairing it with one of these Tropical Superfruit Yogurt Parfaits or my Sweet Cream Iced Coffee. If you’re in a rush, you can always grab a couple of them to eat while you’re heading to work or school. As a dessert, they taste amazing with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of Coconut Whipped Cream on top!

Six strawberry oat bars on a marble countertop with a sheet of parchment paper underneath them

How to Store Extras

After your bars have cooled completely, transfer them to an airtight container and refrigerate them. They will last for up to 4 days, but they may start to lose their crunch after 2. Feel free to pop each bar into the microwave for 10-15 seconds before chowing down if desired.

Do These Freeze Well?

They do! Transfer the cooled bars to a freezer-safe container and freeze them for up to 3 months. If the bars are cut and must be stacked in the container, add a piece of parchment paper between layers to prevent sticking. Thaw out frozen strawberry bars in the fridge overnight before enjoying them.

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Nine strawberry oatmeal bars on top of a sheet of parchment paper

Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

  • Author: Krista
  • prep_time Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • cook_time Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • total_time Total Time: 55 minutes
  • yield Yield: 16 1x
  • category Category: Breakfast
  • method Method: Oven
  • cuisine Cuisine: American

Description

Made with fresh, juicy strawberries and a buttery crumble topping, these easy Strawberry Oatmeal Bars are a crave-worthy breakfast, snack or dessert. Each bar contains only 132 calories!

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Ingredients

For the Crust & Crumble

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1½ cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1½ cups regular oats (not the instant kind)
  • ½ cup honey
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch of salt

For the Strawberry Filling

  • 3 cups of sliced fresh strawberries
  • 1 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon white whole wheat flour

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Line the bottom of an 8×8 pan with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray for easy removal.
  3. To make the crust & crumble, to a large bowl add melted butter, white whole wheat flour, regular oats, honey, brown sugar, ground cinnamon and salt. Mix until just combined, mixture should be a little crumbly. Scoop out 1 cup of the mixture and set aside, that will be your crumble.
  4. Add the remaining mixture to the prepared pan. Spread the mixture out and using your fingers press into the bottom of the pan so the crust is in an even layer.
  5. To make the Strawberry Filling: to a small bowl add strawberries, lemon juice, vanilla extract, and white whole wheat flour. Toss to combine.
  6. Add the strawberry mixture on top of the crust and spread out evenly.
  7. Evenly sprinkle the crumble mixture over the top of the bars.
  8. Bake the bars for 50 minutes. Remove the bars from the pan and let sit for 10 minutes. Cut and serve.

Notes

  • Makes 16 small bars or 9 large bars.
  • To Store: Transfer cooled bars to an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 4 days. Feel free to pop each bar into the microwave for 10-15 seconds before chowing down if desired.
  • To Freeze: Transfer cooled bars to a freezer-safe container and freeze for up to 3 months. If bars are cut and must be stacked in the container, add a piece of parchment paper between layers to prevent sticking. Thaw out frozen bars in the fridge before enjoying.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 small bar
  • Calories: 132
  • Sugar: 5 g
  • Sodium: 11 mg
  • Fat: 5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 20 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Protein: 3 g
  • Cholesterol: 11 mg

Keywords: oat bars, breakfast oatmeal bars, strawberry crumble

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39 Responses
  1. Cheryl DeKoevend

    Hi Krista.
    This recipe looks amazing. I wanted to make these with Gluten Free flour. Do I need to use a combination of Almond and Coconut flours or can I just use a Gluten Free flour? What do you recommend?

  2. Meg

    This recipe is AMAZING! I so loved it. The smell of the strawberry filling was so amazing I wish I could have bottled it up! Thank you for this! I have two questions for you: 1. I subbed maple syrup for honey 1:1, I’m assuming that was wrong due to the crust & crumble being dry and not as moist and tasty as yours looks, is this so? If not, how do I get the crust to be more moist? 2. My strawberries tasted pretty tart but still were amazing- what can I do to make them taste less tart? Amazing recipe!!! Thank you so much!!! Also, so thankful the Lord always provides for our needs- whatever they may be!

    1. Meg

      This recipe is AMAZING! I so loved it. The smell of the strawberry filling was so amazing I wish I could have bottled it up! Thank you for this! I have two questions for you: 1. I subbed maple syrup for honey 1:1, I’m assuming that was wrong due to the crust & crumble being dry and not as moist and tasty as yours looks, is this so? If not, how do I get the crust to be more moist? 2. My strawberries tasted pretty tart but still were amazing- what can I do to make them taste less tart? Amazing recipe!!! Thank you so much!!! Also, so thankful the Lord always provides for our needs- whatever they may be!

  3. Heather

    LOVE your story of the Lord’s faithfulness in speaking to your heart to lead you to your new church community!! He is so awesome and gracious in His guidance and absolute trustworthynwss to meet our every need!! Thank you so much for posting your lovely and uplifting experience!! Oh, and I can’t wait to try your delicious strawberry bars, too!!

  4. Eileen Patterson

    I love this recipe! Thanks so much for posting it! I had some strawberries to use up, so I searched for a recipe that would work, and I was so excited to find this! I can’t have dairy, so I substituted vegan spread for the butter, and I used coconut sugar instead of brown sugar and maple syrup instead of honey because that’s what I had in the house, but oh boy we’re these good! I totally want to make your lemon blueberry bars next!

    I’m glad you found a great church home, too. <3

  5. Alyssa

    Just tried this recipe – so good! My final product came out a bit more tart than I wanted, so the only change I would make for next time (which of course ruins the “healthy” part…) is to maybe toss the strawberries in a little sugar before baking. The flavor was otherwise very nice, and I could eat the crumble on its own. 🙂 Great way to use up fresh berries at the end of the week.

  6. Sarah Habben

    Hate to be THAT home-cook, but I have to ask: will this recipe work with frozen strawberries? What changes would be necessary?

  7. Jamie

    Made these last night for National Strawberry Day and ate them warm with a little vanilla ice cream! They were really good! Although I only cooked them 40 minutes and they were on the verge of being burnt. 🙁

  8. Erin @ The Speckled Palate

    I’m so happy you found a real community in your new church! And these Strawberry Oatmeal Bars… swoon! So good. 🙂

  9. Debi

    When I saw fresh strawberries with oats, I knew this recipe would be a winner in my book! I substituted the whole wheat flour with Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Baking Mix because of my gluten intolerance, but wow! Good stuff!! I also added a drizzle of Paleo coconut milk glaze which is easily made by boiling 3/4 cup full-fat coconut milk, 1/4 tsp lemon zest, 1 tsp pure maple syrup, and a pinch of Celtic salt for 10-15 minutes on the stove top, and cooling in the fridge for 2 hours.

    Also, congratulations on your church’s one year anniversary! Faith community is an intrigal part of the faith walk – so glad to see that you found yours!

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