Raspberry Oatmeal Bars made with oats, brown sugar, coconut oil and raspberry jam! Easy oat bar recipe with fantastic sweet raspberry flavor!
These berry oatmeal bars are a sensational dish, the oatmeal crust, tart raspberry layer and topped with an incredible oatmeal crumble. These delicious raspberry oatmeal cookie bars are so good, this recipe is one you will not soon forget!
Raspberry Oatmeal Bars
This recipe is an adaption to some oatmeal bars I found in an Eat Better America email several years back. Since then, I have made some incredible changes and made them even more amazing! These berry crumble bars take less than 10 minutes to get them prepped and in the oven.
The recipe below can use a mix of whole wheat flour and all-purpose flour to keep it healthier, but if you do not have whole wheat you can use regular flour for it. You can even choose your own oat variety. While old fashioned are healthier, Quaker quick cook oats and steel cut oats can be used. The quicker cooking oats will give you more of a soft texture whereas old fashioned and steel cut give more bite and chewiness.
Can I Use a Different Jam?
The great thing about this recipe is that it is so versatile, you can use the same recipe over and over but have a different flavor each time. You can use store bought or even homemade jam, really the possibilities are endless. For this recipe we used raspberry jam, it is a sweet and tart option that pairs well with the oatmeal crumble. Some other great flavors would be blackberry, strawberry, blueberry, apple or peach. Try them all and find your favorite flavor combination!
Berry Oatmeal Bar ingredients
-Coconut oil: You will need 1/2 cup softened coconut oil to provide wonderful flavor and texture to these bars.
-Brown sugar: Using 1/2 cup lightly packed brown sugar will give the bars a nice sweet taste.
-Egg: Adding 1 egg will help bind the crumble together to achieve a great crust base.
-Salt: Using 1/4 tsp salt will be a great balance of sweet and salty flavor in these bars.
-Flour: You need 1 cup all purpose flour or whole wheat flour for the base of the crumble.
-Vanilla extract: Use 1 tsp vanilla extract to help enhance the combination of flavors in this recipe.
-Old Fashioned Oats: Using 1 cup rolled oats will help give the crumble a perfect taste and consistency.
-Jam: You need 1 cup raspberry jam or raspberry preserves, or you can choose an alternate flavor of your choice.
-Walnuts: This is completely optional, but if you love the crunchy texture of baked nuts using a 1/4 cup of walnuts would add amazing flavor and texture.
How to make Raspberry Oatmeal Bars
First, preheat oven to 350°F.
Then, line an 8 inch by 8 inch square pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
Next, in a large mixing bowl, add the softened coconut oil, egg, brown sugar, salt and vanilla extract. Stir to combine.
Then, add in flour and oats. Stir until a thick dough is formed.
If you have chosen to add nuts to the mix, add those in and combine into mixture.
Proceed to press 2/3 of this mixture down into the parchment lined pan. Use your fingers to press and spread down into one even layer.
After that, top with the raspberry jam and spread into one even layer across the crust.
Then, drop the remaining 1/3 crumbly oat mixture into clumps on top of the raspberry layer.
Put the pan in the oven and bake for 35-40 minutes or until the edges are golden.
Remove from oven & allow bars to cool at room temperature before carefully slicing and serving! Enjoy!
Raspberry Oatmeal Bars
- ½ cup coconut oil softened
- ½ cup brown sugar lightly packed
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- 1 cup all purpose flour can use 1/2 whole wheat flour
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 cup old fashioned oats not quick oats
- 1 cup raspberry jam or raspberry preserves
- ¼ walnuts chopped, optional
- Heat oven to 350°F. Line 8-inch square pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Next, in a large mixing bowl, add the softened coconut oil, egg, brown sugar, salt and vanilla extract. Stir to combine.
- Then, add in flour and oats. Stir until a thick dough is formed.
- If you have chosen to add nuts to the mix, add those in and combine into mixture.
- Proceed to press ⅔ of this mixture down into the parchment lined pan. Use your fingers to press and spread down into one even layer.
- After that, top with the raspberry jam and spread into one even layer across the crust.
- Then, drop the remaining ⅓ crumbly oat mixture into clumps on top of the raspberry layer.
- Put the pan in the oven and bake for 35-40 minutes or until the edges are golden.
- Remove from oven & allow bars to cool at room temperature before carefully slicing and serving! Enjoy!
How do you store berry oatmeal bars?
These oat bars will keep for up to 1 week if stored in an airtight container or plastic ziplocked bag at room temperature. You could also store them with pieces of parchment or waxed paper between layers to keep them from sticking together.
Can you freeze Oatmeal Bars?
Yes! These oatmeal bars freeze so beautifully that it makes for a perfect grab and go snack or breakfast on the run. I recommend cutting them into serving sized pieces, individually wrapped with plastic wrap and stored inside of a Ziploc bag for easy access and good airtight storage.
Are these oatmeal bars gluten free?
Good question! While oats are naturally gluten free, during the farming process and gluten ingredients could be introduced. However, the Quaker Oat brand does offer gluten free oat options and it is clearly labeled on the packaging. You will also need to swap out the flour for your preferred GF flour option to ensure these bars are gluten free.
Oat recipes like these Oatmeal Bars are so delicious. Try these other Oatmeal Bar recipes and see for yourself!
- Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Marshmallow Bars
- Oatmeal Toffee Cookies
- Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies
- Soft Sweet Honey Oat Bread
- Quinoa Oat Orange Muffins
- Oatmeal Trail Mix Bars
- Pumpkin Oatmeal Sandwich Cookies
- Oatmeal Cherry Chocolate Cookies
- Spiced Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
- Blackberry Oatmeal Cookies
- Oatmeal Waffles
- Easy Baked Oatmeal Cups
- Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Oatmeal Peanut Butter Protein Balls
- Apple Crisp With Oatmeal
You are going to love these simple oatmeal bars for breakfast or for snacks. Berry oatmeal bars are delicious at any time, day or night!
When do you add the oatmeal? These look great!
Jessica Williams- UDD, Butter with a Side of Bread says
It goes in with the butter- flour-sugar mixture. Easy! They are REALLY good too!
King family says
Do you think using fresh black raspberries would be okay? Instead of jam? How would you modify if using fresh berries? I have a ton that I need to use up.
Can you substitute butter for softened coconut oil?
Yes, you can do that
Can I sub margin or any other oil for coconut oil
Im not sure about margarine but butter should be fine. margarine usually melts differently and can often cause baked goods to turn out less than ideal, but butter is almost always a safe bet.