Strawberry Oatmeal Bars {Allergy-Friendly}

Having a daughter with food allergies I have been struggling to purchase “quick” snack foods, and while we can’t / don’t purchase many pre-packaged snack foods in particular I do have some go-to brands that we trust and love, but I just haven’t come across any great oatmeal bars yet.  Most aren’t safe for my daughter as they are processed on equipment or in facilities with peanuts or eggs, and loaded with sugar.

I thought I would experiment with my own bars this week and tried a couple variations of this recipe.  This batch seemed to be the “star” of them all and one I wanted to share with you.

These bars are super easy and delicious and make a quick snack bar which taste great anytime of the day!  The recipe can be easily modified with other jam flavors using jam from a jar {look for reduced sugar options here} or you can also use homemade jam.  

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I think these are best cut into squares while still warm then lifted out after cooled.  I wrapped my individually in plastic wrap (or baggies would work too,) and stored them in the refrigerator.

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Don’t they look so tasty?!  Best part is we all love them and I cannot wait to make another batch with apricot or raspberry jam this weekend!

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These make the perfect breakfast or dessert bar and my next experiment will be decreasing the sugar and replacing more of the butter with coconut oil.  

Check out the easy recipe below, and if you give them a try please leave a comment and let me know how and your family like them! 

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Strawberry Oatmeal Bars
A delicious {allergy-friendly} quick, easy, and yummy snack bar. Can be easily modified with other jam flavors.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups oats
  2. 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  3. 1/2 cup coconut sugar {or brown sugar}
  4. 1/2 cup butter {plus more for greasing pan}
  5. 1/2 cup coconut oil
  6. 1/2 cup applesauce
  7. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  8. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  9. 1 tsp vanilla
  10. 1 tablespoon honey
  11. One 10 to 12-ounce jar strawberry preserves
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Mix all ingredients together except the preserves.
  3. Press half of the mixture into a greased 9x13" pan.
  4. Spread mixture with the strawberry preserves.
  5. Add the other half of the oat mixture on top of the preserves.
  6. Bake until light brown for 30 to 40 minutes.
  7. Let cool completely, and then cut into squares.
Notes
  1. Be sure to butter your dish well.
  2. You may want to cut them while still slightly warm, but wait until they're completely cooled before lifting them out of the dish.
  3. They taste delicious served warm with some vanilla ice cream too!
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  1. My kids love breakfast bars and granola so I’m always looking for new ways to make them! Thanks for sharing this recipe!
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    These look great I think my son would like them too!
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    • krystel
    • April 22, 2015
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    i love oatmeal bars never had strawberry ones though looks delicious

  3. Reply

    This recipe looks great. I experimented with granola bars this week but didn’t have the right ratio of wet to dry ingredients. Will try your recipe!
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    • dari
    • April 23, 2015
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    <3 allergy friendly recipes

  4. Reply

    These look amazing!!!!

  5. Reply

    nice post, i like it very much

    • Richard Hicks
    • April 30, 2015
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    Will have to try this recipe out soon.

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