Easy Breakfast Recipe: Homemade Oatmeal Bars

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Cooking is not my forte, and I’ve come to terms with it. Unfortunately, my primary goal for 2016 is to focus on my health, so that means improving my non-existent culinary skills. I desperately want to be one of those Betty Crocker-esque domestic goddesses who makes her own jam and meal preps over a month in advance, but I know I realistically need to start with baby steps– ie breakfast. I found a delicious recipe for a baked oatmeal casserole on Pinterest, and I tweaked it to create my own homemade oatmeal bars with fresh berries and bananas. The prep time is only about 10 minutes, and it’s a set and forget type of breakfast recipe. Here’s a printable and downloadable recipe card (scroll to the bottom of this post for nutritional information courtesy of Calorie Count), plus step-by-step photo instructions.

Homemade Oatmeal Bars
Yields 12
Delicious homemade oatmeal bars that are perfect for meal prepping and will last for approximately one week in the fridge!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 1/2 Cups Natural Oats
  2. 1/2 Cup Chocolate Chips
  3. 1/2 Tsp Salt
  4. 1/3 Cup Light Brown Sugar
  5. 1 Tsp Baking Powder
  6. 1 Tsp Cinnamon
  7. 1 Tsp Vanilla
  8. 2 Cups Milk
  9. 1 Large Egg
  10. 2 Tbsp Melted Butter
  11. 1 Cup Raspberries (Substitute: Strawberries)
  12. 1 Cup Blueberries
  13. 1 Large Banana
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray an 8×11 baking dish generously with cooking spray. In a large bowl, mix oats, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, half the chocolate chips, and half the fresh berries and stir well. Pour evenly into the baking dish. Slice the banana and add to top of the mixture. Add the other half of the berries and chocolate chips to the top, as well.
  2. Combine the milk, egg, butter, and vanilla extract in a separate bowl. Whisk thoroughly. Pour on top of oatmeal mixture, ensuring the oats are soaked evenly. Sprinkle milk over any areas which need additional moisture.
  3. Once the oven is preheated to 375 degrees, bake oatmeal mix for 30 minutes. Remove and add a tablespoon of brown sugar to the top of the casserole for added sweetness. Bake for an additional 10 minutes or until the top of the casserole is golden brown.
  4. Allow oatmeal bars to cool before cutting. Makes 12 homemade oatmeal bars.
Notes
  1. Great Tip: Keep oatmeal breakfast bars refrigerated, and they will last approximately one week. That's a full week of breakfasts knocked out in one recipe!
  2. Great Tip: You can use frozen berries, but make sure the fruit is defrosted before baking.
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To start, preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray an 8×11 baking dish generously with cooking spray. In a large bowl, mix oats, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, half the chocolate chips, and half the fresh berries and stir well. Pour evenly into the baking dish. Slice the banana and add to top of the mixture. Add the other half of the berries and chocolate chips to the top, as well.

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Combine the milk, egg, butter, and vanilla extract in a separate bowl. Whisk thoroughly. Pour on top of oatmeal mixture, ensuring the oats are soaked evenly. Sprinkle milk over any areas which need additional moisture.

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Once the oven is preheated to 375 degrees, bake oatmeal mix for 30 minutes. Remove and add a tablespoon of brown sugar to the top of the casserole for added sweetness. Bake for an additional 10 minutes or until the top of the casserole is golden brown.

Allow oatmeal bars to cool before cutting. Makes 12 homemade oatmeal bars.

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Many people have asked for the nutritional info and calorie count, so here’s all that good stuff (courtesy of Calorie Count):

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47 thoughts on “Easy Breakfast Recipe: Homemade Oatmeal Bars

  1. Ashley

    These look great! How do you suggest to store them for the week for on the go breakfast? Also, do you have a a calorie count for these?

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    1. stephanie.ziajka@yahoo.com Post author

      They’re delicious! That’s exactly what I do– I keep them refrigerated, and they last over a week (probably could last longer, but I usually devour them within 7 days). Definitely makes me look forward to waking up in the morning! Also, I just added all the nutritional info. The provided recipe makes 12 bars, and each bar has approximately 183 calories. Thanks for the great questions!

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      1. Courtney

        I’ve made this recipe a dozen times and have used frozen berries everytime. Has turned out awesome! I do add fresh bananas to the top but frozen berry blend in the mix. Yumm!!

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  2. Courtney

    This is a wonderful and simple recipe my whole family loves! I make it weekly! Thank you! The only thing I change is I use coconut sugar (only bc it is what I have) instead of brown and I omit sprinkling the sugar at the last 10 minutes. SUPER YUMMY

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  3. Christy Peeples DuBois

    These sound really good and is just the kind of thing I like to have around for breakfast or anytime actually. I’m like you when it comes to cooking. Thanks for sharing this.

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    1. TOBI

      How did they come out using the almond or coconut milk? My lactose intolerance is annoying. So, I’d love to try either.

      Reply
  4. Jenn

    I made these yesterday and was so very excited… Mine didn’t turn out as expected:( they are very gooey… And not hardened like a bar. I followed the recipe to a T and am an avid cook. Did you have this problem at first?
    It’s a big ,… Gooey, oatmeal slop
    I refrigerated them after cooking. Thinking it would harden them perfectly.

    My after product picture looks fabulous though and it tast great!!!!
    HELP!!!

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    1. stephanie.ziajka@yahoo.com Post author

      Hi Jenn! So sorry it’s taken me so long to get back with you! The first few times I tried them, they came out a little too crispy. While I’ve never had your problem exactly, it was an issue with oven temperature for me. If they’re still coming out gooey after adjusting your oven temperature, try adding more oats! Hope this helps– let me know if there’s still a problem, and I’ll do some experimenting for you!

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  5. JOANNE S

    Do you think these would work if baked in muffin tins instead of one large pan? I think it would be easier to grab that way.

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    1. stephanie.ziajka@yahoo.com Post author

      They may taste a little bit different, but I know you can use 1/4 cup of unsweetened applesauce in place of one egg in most baking recipes. Let me know if it doesn’t work out– I can do some experimenting for you!

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  6. Michelle Sassa

    These are delicious. I’m on weight watchers so I used skim milk and eliminated the chocolate chips so it could fit into my points budget and they are so delicious. Thank you for the recipe

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  7. Madison Stafford

    My sister got granola instead of oats and threw the receipt away. If I crushed the granola into smaller pieces would it all still work?

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    1. Stephanie Ziajka Post author

      Hey Madison! I’ve always used and recommend using oatmeal, but you should try it! The mixture will definitely be crunchier and may not want to stay in bar form, but I could be wrong. Also, keep in mind that it’ll be higher in sugar and calories… although I’m sure it’ll taste delicious! Good luck!

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