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Cooking is not my forte, and I’ve come to terms with it. Unfortunately, my primary goal for the new year is to focus on my health, so that means improving my non-existent culinary skills. I desperately want to be one of those Betty Crocker-esque domestic goddesses who makes her own jam and meal preps over a month in advance, but I know I need to start with baby steps– ie breakfast. I found a delicious recipe for a baked oatmeal casserole on Pinterest, and I tweaked it to create my own homemade oatmeal bars with fresh berries and bananas. The prep time is only about 10 minutes, and it’s a set and forget type of breakfast recipe. Keep reading for the step-by-step recipe, including a printable/shareable recipe card and nutritional information courtesy of Calorie Count!
Homemade Oatmeal Bars
First thing’s first– here’s everything you’ll need to make these easy homemade oatmeal bars:
- 2 1/2 cups natural oats
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/3 cup light brown sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 cups milk
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 large egg
- 2 tbsp melted butter
- 2 cups mixed berries (I use 1 cup of blueberries and 1 cup of raspberries)
- 1 large banana, sliced
Homemade Oatmeal Bars Recipe
To start, preheat oven to 375 degrees F. While the oven’s preheating, spray an 8×11 baking dish generously with cooking spray. Mix the natural oats, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, half the chocolate chips, and half the fresh berries in a large bowl and stir well.
Next, pour the mixture into the greased baking dish. Slice the banana and add it to the top of the oatmeal mixture, along with the remaining half of the berries and chocolate chips.
After that, combine the milk, egg, butter, and vanilla extract in a separate bowl. Whisk thoroughly. Pour it on top of the oatmeal mixture, making sure that the oats are soaked evenly. If any spots look a little dry, sprinkle them with milk to provide additional moisture.
Finally, pop the oatmeal mix in the oven for 30 minutes. Remove the baking dish from the oven and add a tablespoon of brown sugar to the top of the casserole for a little extra sweetness. Bake for an additional 10 minutes or until the top of the casserole is golden brown.
Remember to allow oatmeal bars to cool before cutting. Once cool, you’ll have twelve delicious homemade oatmeal bars on your hands!
Homemade Oatmeal Bars
These delicious homemade oatmeal bars are perfect for meal prepping and will last for approximately one week in the fridge! Made with natural oats, chocolate chips, and fresh berries, they’re just about as big of a breakfast treat as you can find. Don’t have any fresh berries around? Frozen berries taste just as wonderful!
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 40 minutes
- Total Time: 50 minutes
- Yield: 12 servings 1x
- 2 1/2 Cups Natural Oats
- 1/2 Cup Chocolate Chips
- 1/2 Tsp Salt
- 1/3 Cup Light Brown Sugar
- 1 Tsp Baking Powder
- 1 Tsp Ground Cinnamon
- 1 Tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
- 2 Cups Milk
- 1 Large Egg
- 2 Tbsp Melted Butter
- 1 Cup Raspberries (Substitute: Strawberries)
- 1 Cup Blueberries
- 1 Large Banana
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray an 8×11 baking dish generously with cooking spray. In a large bowl, mix oats, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, half the chocolate chips, and half the fresh berries and stir well. Pour evenly into the baking dish. Slice the banana and add to top of the mixture. Add the other half of the berries and chocolate chips to the top, as well.
- Combine the milk, egg, butter, and vanilla extract in a separate bowl. Whisk thoroughly. Pour on top of oatmeal mixture, ensuring the oats are soaked evenly. Sprinkle milk over any areas which need additional moisture.
- Once the oven is preheated to 375 degrees, bake oatmeal mix for 30 minutes. Remove and add a tablespoon of brown sugar to the top of the casserole for added sweetness. Bake for an additional 10 minutes or until the top of the casserole is golden brown.
- Allow oatmeal bars to cool before cutting. Makes 12 homemade oatmeal bars.
- Great Tip: Keep oatmeal breakfast bars refrigerated, and they will last approximately one week. That’s a full week of breakfasts knocked out in one recipe!
- Great Tip: You can use frozen berries, but make sure the fruit is defrosted before baking.
Also, many people have asked for the nutritional info and calorie count, so here’s all that good stuff (courtesy of Calorie Count):
Enjoy, y’all! If you loved this easy meal prepping recipe, you’ll also love these paleo pumpkin pancakes and fluffy protein waffles. They’re both delicious, healthy, and can be frozen, too! Also, if you tried this homemade oatmeal bar recipe for yourself, please don’t hesitate to let me know if you had any trouble. Questions, concerns, or complaints– I love hearing from you guys, and I’m happy to help!