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Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

A fruity filling and fluffy coconut topping truly make these strawberry oatmeal bars one of a kind. They really dress up my trays of Christmas goodies. —Flo Burtnett, Gage, Oklahoma
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    2 dozen


  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup strawberry preserves
  • 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut


  • In a bowl, combine first five ingredients. Add butter and vanilla; stir until crumbly. Set aside 1 cup. Press remaining crumb mixture evenly into an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Spread preserves over crust. Combine coconut and reserved crumb mixture; sprinkle over preserves.
  • Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until coconut is lightly browned. Cool.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Quaker Oats featured its first oatmeal cookie recipe on the package in 1908, more than 30 years after the company’s founding. The recipe used just three ingredients: oats, butter and eggs. Fancier ingredients, such as sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, raisins, nuts and chocolate chips, were added to later recipes.
  • Unless otherwise specified, Taste of Home recipes are tested with lightly salted butter. Unsalted, or sweet, butter is sometimes used to achieve a buttery flavor, such as in shortbread cookies or buttercream frosting. In these recipes, added salt would detract from the buttery taste desired.
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  • Nutrition Facts
    1 bar: 150 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 86mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.

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    • crankyankee
      Jan 3, 2020

      loved these

    • Googeegaga
      Oct 25, 2019

      So good! Everyone loves these!

    • RJG50
      Nov 24, 2018

      I made the strawberry granola bars with banana butter; for the butter I substituted half applesauce half butter, these turned out marvellous

    • JGa2595176
      May 27, 2018

      Easy recipe and fun to play around with the filling flavors. Have made exactly as directed with the strawberrypreserves, but then also made batches with various jams. Today I used a jar of apple butter, smells lovely! Wonderful recipe.

    • ewhite234
      May 15, 2018

      This recipe is super easy! I did add some fresh strawberries diced on top of the perserves. I gave a 4 star only because it was too sweet for me. I will be making again but debating to omit the added sugar or just reduce the amount.

    • JMartinelli13
      Apr 23, 2018

      Made exactly as written. So easy and so good. Can't wait to make them again with homemade blueberry or blackberry jam.

    • Jo Atkinson
      Jan 22, 2018

      We loved these bars, and so did our grandsons. I had raspberry preserves on hand so made them with that and thought it was a perfect pairing!

    • KristineChayes
      Dec 14, 2017

      These bars were very good, a nice pairing of a buttery crumb crust, strawberry filling, and coconut crumb topping; easy to make, too! I lightly greased the pan and I used 1-1/2 cups strawberry preserves. I will definitely be making these again.

    • Sunshinebakerpa
      May 27, 2017

      Very yummy! I added two Tbs of ground yellow flax seed. I used 1 1/2 tsp of vanilla and 1/2 tsp of almond extract. I used apricot preserves because that's what I had on hand. Would be great with almonds.

    • Catering
      Apr 3, 2017

      These bars are delicious and so easy to make! I cater and I will be using this recipe mainly for breakfast desserts but other occasions as well. I used the recipe exactly how it is printed. Thank you Flo for sharing!