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Baked Oatmeal Bar Recipe {Quick & Easy Breakfast!}

Are you looking for a healthy breakfast recipe? This Baked Oatmeal Bar Recipe needs to be at the top of your list!

If you’re tired of the usual breakfast menu items, and other oatmeal recipes, like oatmeal cups, and want just a little more sweetness first thing in the morning, then this baked oatmeal bar recipe is just what you’ve been looking for.

A soft baked breakfast bars recipe that’s packed with good wholesome ingredients, like the whole grains of old fashioned oats, pistachios, cranberries, and brown sugar!

This oatmeal breakfast bar recipe is similar to a granola bar only way better, these healthy oatmeal squares will satisfy every time!

And the best part is that they will keep in an airtight container for the week, so breakfast meal prepping is solved.

Just wrap one up in plastic wrap to take on the go. Much easier than sitting down to a bowl of oatmeal, these healthy oatmeal bars can be enjoyed at home too, with the whole family.

Maybe add a bowl of fresh berries, and a cup of coffee and you’ve given yourself a great start to the day.

healthy oatmeal bars stack

Baked Oatmeal Bar Recipe {Quick & Easy Breakfast!}

Now these yummy baked oatmeal bars aren’t just for breakfast. They are one of my favorite ways to get a perfect pick-me-up at snack time.

I added the pistachios and dried cranberries, but you can add your own flavor combinations. Are you a big chocolate chip fan? Feel free to add ¼ cup mini dark chocolate chips.

Did you know that dark chocolate is the healthiest of all chocolate? You can read all about the low sugar content of dark chocolate here.

Why You’ll Love These Easy Oatmeal Bars

  • This is a recipe that bakes up in a 13 x 9 baking pan. I love 13 X 9 recipes because:
  • They make enough to feed a crowd
  • Easy to bake, slice and store
  • Perfect for potlucks and family get togethers

Be sure to check out my collection of 13 X 9 pan recipes from the top bloggers! It’s a great collection of sweet and savory ideas.

TIps for making this simple breakfast recipe

  • Follow the recipe exactly
  • Make sure the butter has softened enough so that it will mix well
  • The confectioner’s sugar frosting is optional – my honey has a real sweet tooth so it’s a must in our home. 🙂
stack of baked oatmeal bars on white plate

Time Saver Tips:

  • Get all of your baking ingredients out before you start baking
  • Make sure your egg is at room temperature
  • Use a small food processor to chop up your pistachios.

Need more information on the best small food processors? Our post on how to buy the best food processor for 2022 is here!

Ingredients you will need

Be sure to scroll down to the recipe card at the bottom of the post for full measurements.

baked oatmeal bar recipe ingredients
  • Unsalted butter
  • Brown sugar
  • Coffee Cake packaged mix – Cinnamon Swirl or a Cinnamon type coffee cake mix
  • Orange juice
  • Egg at room temperature
  • Pure vanilla
  • Old fashioned oats
  • Chopped pistachios
  • Dried cranberries

Glaze:

  • Confectioner’s sugar
  • Cream

How to make the best baked oatmeal bar

You’ll love the ease of these baked breakfast bars! A fast and simple recipe to fuel your body for the day.

Step One: Preheat the oven

Preheat the oven to 350F/200C. Spray your 13 X 9 baking pan with cooking spray.

Step Two: Mix ingredients

In a large bowl mix the butter and brown sugar with an electric mixer until creamy and well blended.
Add the coffee cake mix and the cinnamon mix (2 separate packages), the orange juice, egg, and vanilla. Mix just until well blended.

healthy oatmeal squares mixing ingredients

Step Three: Add nuts and fruit

Stir in the pistachios and dried cranberries, just until they are mixed through.

Step Four: Spread the batter

Spread the batter evenly in the baking pan and bake for 30 to 35 minutes. The oatmeal bars will be done when they are golden brown on top and you can insert a wooden pick in the center and it comes out clean.

healthy oatmeal squares spread batter

Step Five: Make the glaze

While the bars are cooling, mix the confectioner’s sugar and heavy cream together. For fun, you can spoon the glaze into a plastic sandwich bag, cut out a corner, and pipe it across the cooled breakfast bars.

Totally up to you! Enjoy!

baked oatmeal bars dripping with frosting

Recipe FAQs

What to serve with your baked oatmeal bar?

A fresh bowl of berries with some almond milk and a cup of coffee would be great! You can also serve it warm topped with the very best French Vanilla ice cream!

What other ingredients can you add to these square oatmeal bars?

Adding in some mini chocolate chips is always a great idea! Shredded coconut would also be delicious.

Can you add other types of nuts to these breakfast bars?

You bet. You can use walnuts, pecans, or even peanuts. Totally up to you!

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Summary:
This is the best baked oatmeal bar recipe and I know it will become your favorite too! If you love it as much as I think you will please give it a 5 star rating and leave a comment below!

stack of oatmeal squares on white place drizzled with frosting
Yield: 24

Baked Oatmeal Bar Recipe (Easy Breakfast or Snack Idea!)

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes



Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • ½ cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 Coffee Cake packaged mix - Cinnamon Swirl or a Cinnamon type coffee cake mix
  • ¼ orange juice
  • 1 large egg at room temperature
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla
  • 1 ½ cups old fashioned oats
  • ½ cup chopped pistachios
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • Glaze:
  • 1 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 2 tbsp. Cream

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl mix the butter and brown sugar with an electric mixer until creamy and well blended. 
  2. Add the coffee cake mix and the cinnamon mix (2 separate packages), the orange juice, egg and vanilla
  3. Mix just until well blended
  4. Stir in the pistachios and dried cranberries, just until they are mixed through.
  5. Spread the batter evenly in the baking pan and bake for 30 to 35 minutes.
  6. The oatmeal bars will be done when they are golden brown on top and you can insert a wooden pick in the center and it comes out clean. 
  7. While the bars are cooling, mix the confectioner’s sugar and heavy cream together. 
  8. For fun, you can spoon the glaze into a plastic sandwich bag, cut out a corner, and pipe it across the cooled breakfast bars. 

Notes

Glaze is totally optional. Store in an air tight container for up to a week or freeze for up to three months.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 177Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 36mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 1gSugar: 11gProtein: 2g

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