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Brown Sugar Oatmeal Bars

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Perfectly easy to make oatmeal bars that are kissed with brown sugar are a great grab and go breakfast or fun homemade snack.

brown sugar oatmeal squares with bowl of yogurt and fresh fruit

With just a handful of simple ingredients and a couple minutes of prep you can have these delicious oatmeal bars in the oven and ready to devour! They make a perfect grab and go breakfast for busy mornings. 

You could also serve them with fresh fruit and yogurt for a leisurely breakfast. Or pack them for an easy answer to the mid afternoon slump or after school treat for the kids!

By now we all know there are a few ingredients I can’t help but to love.  Of course I can’t help but to put brown sugar in things when I have the chance.

There’s the brown sugar peach cobbler and zapple crisp  to show as an example of that. I just love the depth and warmth it adds to a recipe.

ingredients ready to be mixed together.

Even deeper than my love of brown sugar is my infatuation with oatmeal. I mean it’s healthy, super versatile and I live the texture it adds to food.

If you are a regular here, you know baked oatmeal is a staple on our breakfast table.  Some baked oatmeal is dense or dry, but we like ours soft and fluffy.

Favorites include brownie baked oatmeal, maple pumpkin oatmeal and pineapple right side up baked oatmeal just to name a few.

But we don’t only eat our oats baked. There is also room in the table for favorites like apple pie steel cut oats and healthy chocolate oatmeal.

oatmeal bars dumped out of the pan, ready to be cut into bars.

Oooh, and there are cookies too. We can’t forget the cookies! A lot of our favorites include oatmeal. Take monster cookies, and great-grandma’s oatmeal raisin step-ons for example.

But these bars might be the most versatile of all.  They could be served at a sit down breakfast or be grabbed on the way out the door for a quick morning bite.

They also make a perfect treat to tuck in your purse for a little snack at work or between errands. Have some ready for the kids when they get home from school to help give them the energy to power through homework or practice.

breakfast with berries, yogurt and oatmeal bars.

You could even serve them as a simple dessert for when you need a little something sweet but don’t want to go whole hog. There are just so many great ways to enjoy them!

What are your favorite grab and go treats?

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Yield: 12 Servings

Brown Sugar Oatmeal Bars

breakfast with berries, yogurt and oatmeal bars.

Perfectly easy to make oatmeal bars that are kissed with brown sugar are a great grab and go breakfast or fun homemade snack.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 cups quick/instant oats
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • Optional: pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F and line your baking dish with parchment (optional, but makes removal a whole lot easier!)
  2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together all ingredients until well mixed.
  3. Divide mixture between two 8-inch square pans (or a 9×13) and firmly press into pan.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden and bubbly. Bars will be soft straight from the oven but will crisp up as they cool.
  5. Allow to cool for 5 minutes and then turn onto a cutting board. Run a knife along the edges if necessary to release. Then cut into bars while still warm.
  6. Cool completely and then store in an airtight container at room temperature until ready to eat.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 178Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 77mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 1gSugar: 15gProtein: 2g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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With just a handful of simple ingredients and a couple minutes of prep you can have these delicious oatmeal bars in the oven and ready to devour! They make a perfect grab and go breakfast for busy mornings.  You could also serve them with fresh fruit and yogurt for a leisurely breakfast. Or pack them for an easy answer to the mid afternoon slump or after school treat for the kids!

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Janelle

Friday 15th of July 2022

These are delicious but...the first time I used all the sugar and also the bars crumbled but that's ok I just used them on my yogurt. Second time I made them with 1/2 the sugar and used parchment paper and just lifted them out of the pan and then cut into bars just fine. And using 1/2 the sugar they tasted just as good. And why have all that sugar if you don't need it.

Carlee

Friday 15th of July 2022

For sure! I'll try reducing the sugar the next time I make them!

Carol

Sunday 26th of June 2022

I made these in a 9 x 9 in. pan. To ensure they didn't crumble, I firmly pressed an 8 x 8 in. pan on top of the mixture before baking them. I increased the baking time to 12 minutes. They easily came out of the pan and I sliced them into 16 squares.

Carlee

Sunday 26th of June 2022

That is a fabulous idea!

Stella Volschenk

Wednesday 25th of May 2022

PS Edit my previous comment to add - 1 tspn of baking soda to melted butter and golden syrup stir till it foams and add to oats flour brown sugar and coconut

Stella Volschenk

Wednesday 25th of May 2022

If you add 1 Cup of All purpose Flour ,1Cup of unsweetened dessicated coconut and 2 Tablespoons of Golden Syrup to this recipe you will have awesome Crunchie Bars that will hold together - I am a South African and these are very popular here. I am not sure if Corn Syrup will work.

Carlee

Wednesday 25th of May 2022

That sounds really tasty!

Lori M

Wednesday 5th of January 2022

These are great! I didn’t have any trouble with mine sticking together. But I used one 10x8 inch pan. I also added some mini chocolate chips! I will be making these again, for sure!

Carlee

Wednesday 5th of January 2022

I am so glad you liked them. Chocolate chips would be a tasty addition!

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