If you’re a member here, then you probably know that I’m a HUGE believer in always having breakfast bars and protein bars on hand. And if you’re someone who usually depends on convenience store bars for snacks, then I highly recommend stepping up your meal prepping game and giving baking your own fresh breakfast and protein bars a shot. You’ll get ALL of the healthy nutritional benefits without any of the unhealthy (and unnecessary) preservatives, while saving money and having more control of the taste of your bars. But let’s get back to this baked oatmeal bar recipe…
Here’s why you’ll love this baked oatmeal bar recipe:
- Time-friendly: They only take 10 minutes to prepare and less than 30 minutes to cook.
- Easy to make: Mix, pour, bake… It doesn’t get any easier than that!
- Grab and go: These bars are a perfect option for a grab and go breakfast option or to keep on hand and consumed as a snack.
- Plenty of options: If you’re not a fan of blueberries or apples, you can easily replace them with your favorite fruits.
Helpful notes for this vegan baked oatmeal bar recipe:
- It’s very important to use both quick cooking oats and rolled oats for this recipe to maintain the texture of the bars. Blending these different oats together will create the kind of chewy texture you’re expecting in your bars.
- The maple syrup in this recipe can be substituted for honey, if desired.
- If you’re enjoying these bars at home, you may want to try dipping them in maple syrup or drizzling maple syrup on top.
How to store and serve these baked oatmeal bars:
- Allow the bars to cool completely: I know it can be hard to wait for a delicious meal or snack to cool and be ready to eat, but you’re definitely going to want to give these oatmeal bars time to cool completely. Be patient and let them cool, otherwise, they will be tough to handle and the texture will be much different.
- Store the oatmeal bars in an airtight container: You can store these bars in the fridge or the freezer, but make sure they’re in an airtight container. In the fridge, these bars will stay fresh for about a week. In the freezer, these bars will stay fresh for two to three months. I wouldn’t store these bars at room temperature.
- Heat before you eat: While the oatmeal bars can be consumed cold, they can also be reheated in the toaster oven or the microwave. Heating them will give them a crispy outside with a chewy inside. If you choose to heat them in a microwave, I recommend wrapping them in a wet paper towel and cooking them until warm – which usually takes 20 to 30 seconds.
Vegan Baked Oatmeal Bar Recipe
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1/3 cup peeled chopped apples
- 1/4 cup melted soy margarine
- 1/4 cup warm water
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- 2 cups quick-cooking oats
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 3 tbsp flax meal
- 3/4 tsp salt
- Preheat the oven to 350 F. Lightly oil an 8” square baking pan.
- In a medium bowl, combine the dry ingredients: quick-cooking oats, rolled oats, brown sugar, baking powder, ground cinnamon, salt, and ground ginger. Set this bowl aside.
- In a small bowl, combine the flax meal and warm water. Set this bowl aside.
- In a small bowl, combine the almond milk, maple syrup and melted soy margarine.
- Combine the mixtures in the two small bowls with your dry ingredients and mix.
- Add the blueberries and chopped apples to the bowl and mix.
- Evenly spread the mixture in your prepped baking pan and bake for 35 minutes. The oatmeal is cooked when a toothpick can be inserted in the center and removed clean. Cut the oatmeal as desired.