Baked Berry Oatmeal Bars *Healthy, Easy, Quick*

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Baked Berry Oatmeal Bars Healthy Easy Quick The Fundamental Home

Oh my word!!  If you watched my grocery haul the other day, you know I got strawberries for a STEAL!!  They were only 75 cents for a 1 lb. container!  My discount grocery store was a MADHOUSE!  People were standing around waiting for the workers to bring the produce out.  It was unreal!  I was able to snatch up three containers before I was beaten away by the older ladies with their canes (no kidding… I was scared for my life!).

Those strawberries smelled SO good that I though they would be gone in a flash.  I guess my refrigerator was so full that all of the wonderful smells masked the strawberries.   Somehow, we made it to Monday (I shop on Thursday, ladies) with 2.5 lbs. of strawberries remaining.  I could freeze them for smoothies, but I was in the mood to try something new.  So, I popped over to Pinterest.

On a side note, are you following me there?  If not you need to be.  Here’s a link- The Fundamental Home on Pinterest.  Just don’t judge my Pinterest boards, people.  I am not one of those fancy pinners.  I just pin what I love!

In this case, I was pinning strawberry recipes like crazy.  A lot of them looked good, but here’s the thing.  My kitchen was clean- on a Monday morning.  I did NOT want to mess that up, nor did I want to do a lot of work to enjoy these strawberries.  I mean, I could just eat them without any mess.  So, I was hoping to find a recipe that would bring me joy and not require too much work or clean up.  A miracle recipe, as it were.

And I found it.

Erin over at wellplated.com had a recipe for strawberry oatmeal bars that looked amazing and easy and would make very little mess.  Click that link to check out her original recipe.

When I started making my first batch, I realized that the crust in her recipe was a little too thin for my liking.  I knew I had some frozen blueberries in the freezer, so I decided to make another batch with them and change things up a bit.  I made a couple of batches, tweaked things a bit, and now I have my own version of these bars that I think are just right for me- and I am sharing it with you!!

Give it a try!  My husband said it is one of his new favorites!  My kids polished them off in one day.  I know your family will like it, too.

 

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Healthy & Easy Baked Berry Oatmeal Bars
Here is a healthy, quick, and easy oatmeal bar your whole family will love! You can fill it with berry goodness of any kind. Just 10 minutes gathering and throwing together ingredients (yep... it's that easy), bake for 40 minutes (the perfect amount of time to get ready for the day), and you are done! Breakfast is served. Gluten free option included.
Berry Oatmeal Bars Healthy Easy Quick Close Up The Fundamental Home
Cuisine Baking
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
squares
Ingredients
Crust
Filling
Cuisine Baking
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
squares
Ingredients
Crust
Filling
Berry Oatmeal Bars Healthy Easy Quick Close Up The Fundamental Home
Instructions
Before you begin...
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Grease a 9x9 (or 8x8 for thicker crust) baking pan
Making the crust
  1. Add the oats, flour, brown sugar, nutmeg, and salt into a mixing bowl. Stir them together.
  2. Add the melted better, stirring to incorporate.
  3. Reserve 3/4 cup of the crumb mixture for the topping.
  4. Press the remaining crumb mixture into the bottom of your greased pan, covering it.
Making the filling
  1. Place your strawberries (or blueberries) in your food processor.
  2. Add the lemon juice, corn starch, and sugar to the food processor.
  3. Puree to desired consistency. We like ours a little thicker than jam, but you may prefer your berries to be chunky.
  4. Spread the processed berry mix evenly over the pressed crust in your pan.
Making the topping
  1. Sprinkle the saved crumb mixture on top of the berry mix. Try to cover fairly evenly, but still leave space for the berries to peep through.
Final steps
  1. Bake in your preheated 375 degree F over for 35-40 minutes. Look for the crust to brown slightly. Your kitchen will smell heavenly!
  2. Cool completely on a wire rack.
Recipe Notes

We cut our bars into 9 squares, but you could be a bit more judicious and cut them into 16 squares.  They are VERY filling and make a delicious breakfast or tasty snack.  These bars can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.  You can also freeze them.

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10 thoughts on “Baked Berry Oatmeal Bars *Healthy, Easy, Quick*

  • June 13, 2017 at 11:37 am
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    This looks so good. Thanks for sharing.

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  • July 1, 2017 at 8:27 pm
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    I just watched your video and I came on your blog to get the recipe. Can’t wait to try them!! Thanks for posting the recipe, it sounds delicious 😊

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  • July 13, 2017 at 4:30 am
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    Just out of the oven, my house smells amazing! I may die waiting for it to cool though. Thank you from NZ.

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  • July 27, 2017 at 5:32 am
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    These are SO yummy! I made them with blueberries and my children loved them. When I asked if they wanted me to try making them with strawberries, they said, “No,” they didn’t want me to change a thing. Thank you for the great recipe!

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  • September 24, 2017 at 2:02 pm
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    Every since we saw these on your video we’ve added them to our regular breakfast lineup. My sister came to visit and now she makes them for her family regularly. She was happy to find something her very very picky toddler would eat. My sister used up some of her frozen peaches and said it was amazing.
    Question: have you ever tried making these with apple pie filling or pumpkin filling? I’m not sure if I would need to add more cornstarch to thicken it up or if I just add the pumpkin straight from the can. If you haven’t, we may need to do some experimenting at our house 🙂

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