How to Make Easy and Delicious Oatmeal Bars

This plain oatmeal bar recipe is anything but, well, plain. And it's healthy, too! We'll show you how to make this top-rated recipe.

Easy to make and bake, these oatmeal bars are a delicious, on-the-go snack or breakfast. Plus, you can tweak the bars to fit your taste. We’ll show you how to use less sugar, add fun flavors and more. Ready to give this anything-but-plain oatmeal bar recipe a try?

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How to Make Oatmeal Bars


  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 cup raisins (Due to personal preference, I used just 1/4 cup.)


Step 1: Mix Oil and Sweeteners

In a large bowl, mix the sugar, applesauce, canola oil and maple syrup together until thoroughly blended.

Step 2: Combine Dry Ingredients

In a separate bowl, mix the oats, flour, baking soda, salt and allspice. Fold in the applesauce mixture until fully incorporated. Then, mix in the raisins.

Step 3: Bake and Cut

Spread the batter into a prepared 8×8 baking pan (or two loaf pans). Bake at 350° F for approximately 20 minutes, until the edges are set and golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.

Editor’s Tip: The original recipe recommended a 13×9-inch pan for baking. I found this made the bars very thin. Instead, I used two loaf pans, which approximately equate to an 8×8-inch pan. This made it easy to slice the snack into bar shapes, similar to the ones found in grocery stores.

Oatmeal barsJennifer Schwarzkopf for Taste of Home

Make ‘Em Your Own

While I made the original recipe almost to the letter (it was popular with my whole picky crew!), feel free to tweak the sugar content or add some fun mix-ins. It’s up to you! Here are some of our favorite modifications:

Pick a Sweetener

This recipe calls for 2/3 cup of sugar—half of some other recipes. However, if you’re working to avoid granulated sugar, try substituting one of these sugar alternatives.

Add More Mix-Ins

While this recipe includes raisins, feel free to try chopped nuts, dried fruit, chocolate chips or even chocolate candies.

Keep Tweaking

Consider trying a canola oil alternative (like coconut oil), using whole wheat or gluten-free flour or even making your own allspice seasoning mix.

No matter what you try, this plain oatmeal bar recipe is a great base for making a multitude of tasty snacks. Enjoy breakfast (on the run) again!

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Jennifer Schwarzkopf
Half Chilean, half Irish descent and all joie de vivre, I'm a food writer/photographer who loves to share stories about different cultures and the magic that is sharing a meal together. When not doing that, you'll find me working on my culinary degree, hanging with family & friends, and just trying to "live deep and suck out all the marrow of life." Salud!