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Homemade Oatmeal Bars (Quaker Copycat Recipe)

Make these deliciously wholesome Quaker oatmeal bars, a perfect breakfast or snack. Packed with rolled oats and toasted walnuts, they’re a guilt-free treat!

 Homemade Oatmeal Bars Recipe

I’m all for having quick and easy grab-and-go snacks in the house. These kinds of things are ideal for growing (and ravenous!) teenagers.

But have you read the ingredient list on a box of granola bars from the grocery store? There are so many additives in them. That’s why I love making my own versions of those kinds of snacks at home.

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Making my own homemade snacks means that I can control all of the ingredients, like with today’s recipe for oat bars.

These delicious bars are perfect for a quick snack or breakfast on the run. Be sure to check out these chocolate coconut date bars too!

Homemade Oatmeal Bars Recipe

Except for the icing, there is no added sugar. The sweetness comes from real maple syrup instead.

Best of all, this recipe is easily adjusted to suit your family’s taste preferences. Sounds like a major win to me!

Oatmeal Bars Recipe

Prep time: 2.5 hours

Cook: 20 mins

Total: 1 hr 15 min

Yield: 8-12 servings

Oatmeal Bars Recipe

Homemade Oatmeal Bars Ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter, softened or nonstick spray
  • 5 cups rolled oats
  • 1 1.2 cups toasted walnuts, chopped
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 4 1/2 cups milk
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 eggs, beaten lightly
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract

Icing:

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 oz cream cheese, room temp
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp heavy cream

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 375 F.

2. Butter or spray your pan.

Homemade Oatmeal Bars Ingredients

3. In a large bowl, combine oats, walnuts (save 1/3 cup for top), cinnamon, baking powder, and salt.

Homemade Oatmeal Bars Ingredients

4. In a separate bowl, mix together milk, heavy cream, vanilla, eggs, and maple syrup.

Homemade Oatmeal Bars Ingredients

5. Pour the wet ingredients over the top of the oat mixture and stir to make sure everything is incorporated and there are no dry spots. Press the mixture into a 9×13″ baking dish.

Homemade Oatmeal Bars Ingredients

6. Bake for 40-45 mins until golden brown and no liquid is left on the surface.

Homemade Oatmeal Bars Ingredients

To make the frosting, mix cream cheese and butter until smooth.

1. Add in the powdered sugar and heavy cream or coffee creamer.

Homemade Oatmeal Bars Recipe

2. Let the oatmeal bars cool for at least 10-15 mins before cutting into squares and drizzling the top of the bars with frosting.

Oatmeal Bars Recipe

3. Sprinkle on extra walnuts.

Homemade Oatmeal Bars Recipe

Variations:

  • I prefer to use old-fashioned oats for this recipe, but you could try a combination of old-fashioned and quick oats if you wanted.
  • Make oatmeal chocolate chip bars by adding white, milk, or dark chocolate chips in with your dry ingredients. You could also use mini chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, or mini M&Ms.
  • Include chopped dried fruit, like raisins, cranberries, or apricots.
  • Try different nuts or add in some chia seeds.
  • If you don’t have maple syrup, you can substitute a 1/2 cup of honey instead.
Oatmeal Bars Recipe

Tips and Tricks:

  • Save yourself the clean up and line your baking dish with parchment paper. It will prevent any sticking and, if you leave some excess hanging over the edges, it makes lifting the bars out of the pan so easy.
  • Once you have cut the oat bars and they have cooled completely, wrap each one individually in plastic wrap before storing them. This makes it so easy to throw one into a lunch kit, backpack, or purse on the way out the door.
  • Store the bars at room temperature in an airtight container.
Oatmeal Bars Recipe

I would love to hear about your favorite version of this delicious recipe for baked oatmeal bars! Be sure to check out these crunchy oatmeal bars too – they have tons of five star reviews!

If you love this homemade oatmeal bars recipe, please give it a five star review and share it on Facebook and Pinterest so others can enjoy it too!

Oatmeal Bars Recipe

Homemade Oatmeal Bars

Make these deliciously wholesome Quaker oatmeal bars, a perfect breakfast or snack. Packed with rolled oats and toasted walnuts, they're a guilt-free treat!
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Prep Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Author: Heather Painchaud
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Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter softened or nonstick spray
  • 5 cups rolled oats
  • 1 1.2 cups toasted walnuts chopped
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 4 1/2 cups milk
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 eggs beaten lightly
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • Icing
  • ½ cup unsalted butter softened
  • 4 oz cream cheese room temp
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp heavy cream

Instructions

  • 1. Preheat the oven to 375 F.
  • 2. Butter or spray your pan.
  • 3. In a large bowl, combine oats, walnuts (save 1/3 cup for top), cinnamon, baking powder, and salt.
  • 4. In a separate bowl, mix together milk, heavy cream, vanilla, eggs, and maple syrup.
  • 5. Pour the wet ingredients over the top of the oat mixture and stir to make sure everything is incorporated and there are no dry spots.
  • 6. Bake for 40-45 mins until golden brown and no liquid is left on the surface.

To make the frosting, mix cream cheese and butter until smooth.

  • 1. Add in the powdered sugar and heavy cream or coffee creamer.
  • 2. Let the oatmeal bars cool for at least 10-15 mins before cutting into squares and drizzling the top of the bars with frosting.
  • 3. Sprinkle on extra walnuts.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 856kcal | Carbohydrates: 79g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 54g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 31g | Cholesterol: 127mg | Sodium: 429mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 38g
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What size pan?

Have you tried using this recipe for cookies rather than bars? I’m wondering if they will flatten out. I haven’t found a classic oatmeal cookie recipe that doesn’t do that.