Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

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These oatmeal breakfast bars are a great make-ahead option for busy summer (or school) mornings. Even kids that aren’t fans of regular oatmeal will gobble these up. With a texture similar to a chewy granola bar, they are a delicious and filling breakfast.

These bars are very adaptable. You can easily change up what you add in to the bars to suit your children’s tastes. They can be made nut free, gluten free, and dairy free if needed and they don’t contain eggs either so they are perfect for households with food allergies.

Oatmeal breakfast bars
These Oatmeal Breakfast Bars make the perfect breakfast to eat in the car.

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This recipe is easy to stir together and bake the night before a busy morning. Please note that in the pictures below, I made a double recipe. My three boys are big eaters, so I try to batch cook what I can so I don’t have to cook breakfast every morning. A double batch actually made enough for three meals, so I put the remaining bars in the freezer for another morning.

Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

5 from 1 vote
Oatmeal Breakfast Bars
Oatmeal Breakfast Bars
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
These oatmeal breakfast bars are a quick and healthy breakfast for busy mornings.
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: oatmeal breakfast bars
Servings: 24 bars
Author: Julie B.
  • 1/2 cup butter or coconut oil melted
  • 1/4 cup applesauce or an additional 1/4 cup butter or oil
  • 3/4 cup orange marmalade
  • 4 cups quick cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 to 2 1/2 cups add-ins*
  1. Combine melted butter (or coconut oil), applesauce, and orange marmalade. Stir to combine. Set aside to cool briefly.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine oats, brown sugar, and salt. Pour marmalade mixture over oats. Mix well.
  3. Stir in add-ins. If adding chocolate chips, be sure mixture is cool so the chips don’t melt.
  4. Press into a 10″ x 15″ greased baking pan. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes.
  5. Cool completely before cutting into bars.
Recipe Notes

*Add-ins can include:

  • chocolate chips, white chips, butterscotch chips
  • chopped nuts
  • sunflower seeds
  • coconut
  • raisins or other dried fruit

I try to use at least 1 cup of chopped nuts for additional protein in these bars.

I line the pan with foil and then grease the foil to make it easier to cut the bars. I can lift the whole batch out of the pan and then cut them on the counter.

If baking a double batch, use a 12″ x 18″ pan (what’s called a half sheet) and bake for 25-30 minutes.

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For more easy breakfast ideas check out these other posts:

Oven Pancakes with Homemade Pancake Syrup

Peanut Butter Baked Oatmeal

Homemade Muffin Mix

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6 thoughts on “Oatmeal Breakfast Bars”

  1. 5 stars
    I have made two batches of these already and it has been an instant life-simplifying game changer! I took some to my best friend and my sister in law, who both wanted the recipe. We all are excited about how this will help during our morning routines for a grab and go breakfast. Thank you Julia!

    • I’m so glad everyone liked them and I’m especially excited that they will make your back to school mornings easier.


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