Healthy Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

Healthy Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

    The countdown is on, I am scheduled to go back into the classroom and end summer vacation on September, 6th.  My boys will be starting school two days later and, since I am starting at a new position as a high school reading teacher, my schedule will be more hectic than ever.  

Healthy Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

    Both of our sons attend an after-school program due to our packed working hours.  We’ve noticed that they are usually both famished by the time we pick them up and they get home.  The problem is that it’s very easy for them to reach into the refrigerator or cabinet and just grab the first thing that they see, whether it is the healthiest option or not.  

Healthy Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

    This year, I have started making a lot of changes to my personal diet and eating healthier.  I’ve also begun to make subtle changes in our entire family’s eating habits and opt for healthier snacking options for all of us.  Included in this new vision are lots of vegetables and fruits in all our meals.

Healthy Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

    One of my favorite new recipes that I will be making for after school snacks is for healthy strawberry oatmeal bars.  I really like how easy they are to make and that they are portable which allows me to make extra that we can all take with us on-the-go in the morning.  Don’t even get me started on how crazy our mornings are when it’s back to school!

Healthy Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

    Since this is a very versatile recipe, you can even replace the strawberries with 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.

Healthy Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

Let’s Discuss:  What are some of the after school snacks that your family likes to enjoy together once the kids get home from school?

Healthy Strawberry Oatmeal Bars
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
55 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
55 min
2007 calories
289 g
183 g
82 g
39 g
46 g
773 g
631 g
101 g
3 g
29 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 2007
Calories from Fat 714
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 82g
Saturated Fat 46g
Trans Fat 3g
Polyunsaturated Fat 7g
Monounsaturated Fat 22g
Cholesterol 183mg
Sodium 631mg
Total Carbohydrates 289g
Dietary Fiber 26g
Sugars 101g
Protein 39g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  2. ¾ cup flour
  3. 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  4. ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  5. ¼ teaspoon salt
  6. 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  7. 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  8. 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice (from about ½ small lemon)
  9. 1 tablespoon sugar, divided
  10. 2 cups, small-diced strawberries
  1. Place a rack in the center of your oven and pre-heat to 375 degrees F. Line an 8x8” baking pan with parchment paper so the paper overhangs the two sides.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Bake the bars for 35-40 minutes, until the fruit is bubbly and topping is golden. Cool on a wire rack completely.
  5. Once cooled, pull bars out of the pan using the parchment paper - slice and serve.
  1. This 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. 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.
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  1. I like this idea for a quick breakfast or snack. My boys are the same way, so hungry they want to grab the first thing they see. I need to make it where they grab something healthy!

  2. I pinned this to my food board because I think this is something both me and my husband will enjoy!

  3. Strawberries are one of my favorite fruits. I can eat buckets and buckets, so these bars are the perfection.

  4. These look really good! Mini Me loves Strawberry Yogurt Bars. I bet these could easily get a yogurt covered bottom.

  5. Neely (@Neelykins) says:

    I love strawberries, and oatmeal so this sounds like a win! Seems pretty simple!

  6. This is a wonderful after school snack. Great job for making something that will appeal to kids and be healthy!

  7. These look really good! I love strawberries! Good luck in your new position 🙂

  8. I just pinned your Healthy Strawberry Oatmeal Bars. They look delicious I hate the type of granola bars that are sitting around and packaging a while.

  9. I love strawberries!! This looks beyond good! It looks delicious! Where do you reside? I found it curious that you guys start school in September! Here in Florida we already started school.

  10. OMG, those look so good! Healthy and good! I am so going to make some. Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  11. Wow, look how healthy this is! Looks easy to make and would definitely make a healthy alternative to an afternoon snack or even an on the go breakfast meal.

  12. It’s great how simple these are to make. I love the combination of strawberry and oatmeal together.

  13. These look super yummy and healthy! I love strawberries, so I definitely think I would like these!

  14. Oooh these strawberry oatmeal bars look amazing, I would love to have one right now. Plus they are healthy too.

  15. These look amazing! I love anything with strawberries.

  16. This looks simple to whip up for busy after school days – my kids like hummus and baby carrots for after school snacks

  17. These look absolutely amazing! I think all three of my kids would love them.

    Good luck with back-to-school!

  18. This looks like a super healthy breakfast! I know my kids love everything strawberry, especially for breakfast!

  19. Michelle @ Sunshine and says:

    You had me at strawberry! These look so good, they’d be gone in seconds over here!

  20. Having snacks on hand after a busy day can be a real lifesaver! These sound delicious, love the fresh strawberries!

  21. These strawberry oatmeal bars would be awesome for lunches and after school snacks! I’m going to try it!

  22. I’ve been trying to get my kiddos to eat more oatmeal. This might just be the solution. I think they’d be handy for rushed mornings, too.

  23. Now these look like something my kids would love to pack in their lunches!
    Mine go back on Thursday (so not ready!!) The summer just flew by.
    I am going to have to try these before strawberries are hard to find in our neck of the woods.

  24. I love strawberries, but I never really incorporate them in recipes much as I would love to. Thanks for sharing this delicious, yet healthy recipe!

  25. Omg these look so yummy!!!!! Must try these oatmeal bars. Will be pinning!

  26. Elizabeth O says:

    What a fantastic dessert and breakfast treat. I love that it’s all natural and tasty ingredients too.

  27. I love Strawberry bars like this and these bars look so delicious. I want to make these and have them for me and the kids for a snack.

  28. Richard Hicks says:

    Will have to try and make this. I love to snack and if they are healthy all the better!

  29. Allyson becker says:

    I am not really a fan of oatmeal, but this sounds pretty good! I think I will be trying them.

  30. This looks so delicious! My family would love to eat this. I love this as a healthy option for us in the mornings.

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