With nutritious yet accessible ingredients, these easy Oatmeal Bars are a yummy snack or breakfast to share with the kids. They have carrots and blueberries, plus whole grains and protein. They’re so delicious…and are made without eggs or dairy for friends with allergies.

oatmeal bars on parchment paper.

These healthy baked Oatmeal Bars are one of my favorite ways to serve up a lot of nutrients in an easy-to-eat format. The carrots blend into the batter so while you can see them, the aren’t an obvious texture distraction. The blueberries add some sweetness and vitamins. The combo of the two really adds such yummy flavor.

We love these for snack time and also breakfast. I like to pair them with a toddler smoothie, yogurt for babies or toddlers, or cooked eggs. Or sometimes just water, depending on hunger levels.

I often put half of the batch of oatmeal bars into the freezer to save for a future week—they freeze really well—and that helps us to be excited about eating them since we don’t have to eat them all at once. These are a yummy toddler meal or preschool snack, too.

(You may also like my Banana Bars, Blueberry Date Bars, Peach Crumb Bars, and Healthy Breakfast Bars.)

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Ingredients You Need

Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make these oatmeal bars so you know what to pick up at the store—or get out from the pantry.

ingredients in oatmeal bars on counter top.
  • Quick or instant oats: You can also use regular rolled oats ground up in the food processor or blender so they’re a finer texture that blends in nicely with the batter.
  • Whole wheat flour: A little flour in the mix helps the batter hold together. You can use all-purpose flour if that’s what you have on hand.
  • Melted coconut oil or butter: Melt this, then let it cool for a minute or two so it’s not piping hot when you add it to the batter.
  • Creamy unsweetened almond butter: You can use sunflower seed butter as needed for a nut allergy or peanut butter would work, too.
  • Maple syrup: Honey will also work here (though avoid it for kids under age 1.)
  • Grated carrot: I prefer to grate a whole carrot on a box grater for the finer texture versus using shredded carrots from the store, but both would work.
  • Blueberries: If the berries are very large, I recommend cutting them in half with kitchen scissors. You can also use frozen blueberries.
  • Egg: This is totally optional but makes the bars a little more cake-like than the slightly crunchy texture they have without an egg.

TIP: You can use regular all-purpose flour, gluten-free cup for cup, sunflower seed butter instead of almond butter, and honey instead of maple syrup. Lots of options!

Step-by-Step Instructions

Here’s a look at the basic process of making this oatmeal bar recipe so you know what to expect. Scroll down to the end of the recipe for the full information.

ingredients for oatmeal bars in bowl.

Step 1. Preheat the oven and line a pan with parchment paper. Add the ingredients to a bowl.

mixed batter for oatmeal bars in bowl.

Step 2. Stir together gently, trying not to smash the berries.

batter for oatmeal bars pressed into baking pan.

Step 3. Press into the prepared pan, pressing evenly to the edges.

baked oatmeal bars in pan.

Step 4. Bake and remove from the oven. Let cool completely before slicing.

TIP: I like to line the pan with parchment paper so the edges hang over the sides. This makes it easy to lift oatmeal bars out of the pan once the bars are baked, cooled, and ready to slice.

oatmeal bars on wire rack.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do oat bars last in the fridge?

This oatmeal bar recipe will last for about 5 days in the fridge or much longer in the freezer. You can also leave them at room temperature for a few days if you prefer.

How do I get my child to like oatmeal?

Try serving oatmeal in all sorts of forms, including oatmeal for kids in a bowl, in these oatmeal bars, in Breakfast Bars, Oatmeal Energy Bites, and in Banana Oatmeal Pancakes. You might find an option they prefer by trying a few different recipe ideas.

Are oat bars healthy?

These oatmeal bars have whole grains, healthy fats, produce, and protein and are a nutritious meal or snack option to share with the kids.

oatmeal bar on plate with halved blueberries

How to Store

Store oatmeal bars in an airtight container for up to 5 days in the fridge. Freeze for up to 3 months in a freezer bag with as much air removed as possible.

Best Tips for Success

  • Cool oatmeal bars fully before slicing to prevent the bars from crumbling when slicing.
  • Find more healthy oatmeal recipes to try.
  • Gluten-free: Use cup-for-cup gluten-free flour mix instead of whole wheat flour.
  • Nut-free: Use sunflower seed butter instead of almond butter.
  • Creamy unsweetened peanut butter (I like Teddies or Smuckers) should work in place of almond butter).
  • You can use honey instead of maple syrup in these oatmeal bars.
  • I prefer the texture of carrots that are grated at home on a box grater as they are finer than those you can buy at the store.
  • Fresh blueberries work best in this recipe (frozen ones can cause the batter to seize up and be hard to press into the pan).
  • If you have more blueberries to use after making oatmeal bars with them, try my Blueberry Banana Smoothie, Blueberry Popsicles, Blueberry Mini Muffins, and Blueberry Banana Bread.

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oatmeal bars with blueberries on parchment paper.

Easy Oatmeal Bars (with Blueberry and Carrot)

These oatmeal bars taste like an oatmeal cookie and are great for breakfast or snack. You can make them ahead, too! (You can add the egg or leave it out. Without egg, these are a crisp cookie bar texture. With it, they're a little cakier.)
4.97 from 157 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 24 minutes
Total Time 34 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Snack
Calories 98kcal
Servings 16 bars

Ingredients

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Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line an 8×8-inch pan with parchment paper so it overhangs on two sides so the bars are easy to lift out once baked and cooled.
  • Mix together all of the ingredients in a medium bowl except the blueberries. (Add the egg if using.) Stir in the blueberries gently.
  • Press into the prepared pan so the batter is even and pressed to the edges.
  • Bake for 24-26 minutes or until the edges are lightly golden brown and set.
  • Cool fully. (Really, please let it sit until it's cool to the touch! You can pop it into the fridge to speed this up if you'd like. It may crumble a bit if you slice when still warm.)
  • Slice into bars and serve or store. I typically cut into 16 small squares, but you can cut them larger if desired.

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Notes

  • Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days in the fridge. Freeze for up to 3 months in a freezer bag with as much air removed as possible.
  • Gluten-free: Use cup for cup flour instead of whole wheat flour.
  • Nut-free: Use sunflower seed butter instead of almond butter.
  • Adding an egg makes these bars slightly cakier than the slightly crisp texture (like a cookie bar) you get without an egg. It’s up to you.
  • Creamy unsweetened peanut butter (I like Teddies or Smuckers) should work in place of almond butter).
  • You can use honey instead of maple syrup.
  • I prefer the texture of carrots that are grated at home on a box grater as they are finer than those you can buy at the store.
  • Fresh blueberries work best in this recipe (frozen ones can cause the batter to seize up and be hard to press into the pan).
  • Cool fully before slicing to prevent the bars from crumbling when slicing.

Nutrition

Calories: 98kcal, Carbohydrates: 11g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Sodium: 53mg, Potassium: 84mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 671IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 32mg, Iron: 1mg
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This post was first published August 2020.

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  1. 5 stars
    Tried this today and it’s delicious! Thank you.

    Wondering, could mashed bananas be used instead of blueberries or would if effect the texture?

    Thank you

  2. 5 stars
    Amazing recipe and so easy to make! I have made this a few times now and top it with different fruits / jams and it works great. My toddler loves it (and so do I 🙂 ).

  3. 5 stars
    This recipe is amazing!! I didn’t grind up the oatmeal and topped it with frozen blueberries after pressing the batter into the pan. I used peanut butter instead of almond butter thinking that the flavor would be overpowering but you can barely taste the PB. Also used only half of the maple syrup. It came out exactly like in the pictures. It’s DELICIOUS and the whole family loved it. Including it into my weekly rotation for sure.

  4. 5 stars
    Holy moley these are phenomenal!!! I made these for my 18 month old son who loves blueberries & isn’t a fan of veggies. I have already had 3 bars hahah

  5. 5 stars
    These were perfect for my 1 year old. I didn’t use eggs but used a very ripe banana in its place. I also didn’t use any maple syrup as I’m trying to keep her sugar intake low- they were still plenty sweet and tasty.

  6. 5 stars
    These are delicious! Baby loved them and so did I! Due to allergies I used sun butter and applesauce instead of eggs. They still came out great! The texture was perfect and easy for my baby to eat.

  7. 5 stars
    This recipe is perfect! I replace the carrot with grated apple and use the egg. It came out like a soft cake. I like to eat it hot. Haha. Got to bake more. I reduce the nut butter because I’m not a fan 😅

  8. 5 stars
    This recipe is delicious. My one year old loved it. I added the egg for a cake like texture, I figured it’d be easier for her to eat. I saw a comment with someone asking if they can use baby cereal, and yes It works. I used gerber oatmeal cereal and it worked perfectly. And I used chocolate pbfit instead of nut butter. It turned out perfect and really good. Thank you!

  9. Love these for baby and I made extra the second time around so I could eat them too! I have a question though, baby boy was just diagnosed with low iron. Do you think there’d be a way to incorporate some of the iron fortified baby oatmeal in these and should I lessen another measurement? Thanks so much!

    1. I haven’t tried this so I can’t say for sure if this would work, but I think you could use 1/4 cup of the baby food oatmeal and 1/2 cup of instant oats.

  10. 5 stars
    Made these as I thought they’d be a good copy cat of Oaty Chomps. I really liked them. I used less maple syrup but the coconut oil and carrots made them slightly sweet which was perfect for us. Can’t wait to let MG little one try them!

  11. 5 stars
    Just made these. I used sunflower butter for a group of kids. I didn’t have carrots so I tried a 1/2 cup of apple sauce as another commenter mentioned. I included the eggs. (My husband has already eaten two!) I wanted to say that I baked these on a large cookie sheet with a silicone liner. I just laid it into a big ~8×16 biscuit shape about a 1/2” tall.. when it was about halfway cool, I used a pizza cutter to slice it and there was no crumbling! I have beautiful bars! I’m excited to have my boy try them in the am!

  12. 5 stars
    So delicious- thank you for the recipe. I have to remember to leave some for my toddler! I like to pack out with other veggies by adding mashed sweetened potato and grated zucchini!

    1. Any suggestions to make this school friendly – no nut or seed butter? If I skip it and use chia and eggs would it be ok?

  13. 4 stars
    I really want to love these, but they are such a crumbly mess even after cooling. So tasty though. Any tips for a more uniform/firmer texture?

  14. 5 stars
    Easy to make and taste good! Mine were very crumbly & messy, but I also tried it with an egg. I used nut butter in mine and it worked out well! Thank you for sharing 😊

  15. 5 stars
    These were a hit with my toddler and baby. So easy to make and keep stored in the fridge for a snack or quick breakfast. Thinking of doubling it next time so my husband and I have our own bars to snack on too!

  16. 5 stars
    These were a hit with my veggie hating toddler! And thanks for always have allergy substitutes. Your instagram gave me inspiration to cook again after new allergies made it seem impossible to feed everyone.

  17. 5 stars
    Couldn’t wait to eat these and they crumbled (per your warning!) but are so good! I subbed mini chips for blueberries because I didn’t have any but they are amazing! Thanks!

  18. 5 stars
    Wow! Toddler and mommy approved! I figured this would make extra to freeze, well my daughter and I ate half the pan! Great texture and flavour!

    1. You can thaw overnight in the fridge in a container or bag or at room temperature for 30-60 minutes.

  19. 5 stars
    I used aquafaba in place of egg and added a little ground flax and chia seeds and reduced the flour slightly. They are excellent! I’m going to try with blackberries next since we are surrounded by them. Yum!

  20. 5 stars
    I’ve made these bars many times now, I’ve been meaning to leave a comment long ago as they are one of our favourite breakfast bars for both me and my son, I usually make them once a week. I just made them so that we can enjoy them tomorrow morning. Thank you so much ❤️

  21. 5 stars
    These were delicious and easy to make! I followed the recipe exactly. Thanks so much for creating and sharing this recipe! 🙂

  22. 5 stars
    Amazing! 22 month old loved them immediately and he’s usually weird about fruit in his baked goods making me eat those spots. With these he’s all in. Thank you!

    1. That should work, though it may take a little longer to get the center of a larger pan to bake through so just look at that part of the pan when checking for doneness

  23. 5 stars
    These were so good for breakfast and as a little treat in my toddlers lunch box. I did blueberries on half and added some chocolate chips on the other for more of a treat. I can’t get my daughter to eat carrots ever so this was a nice way to work them into her diet. Will definitely be making again!

  24. 5 stars
    This is a wonderful recipe! I’ve made it three times this week. First I followed your recipe. It came out a little dry but I think 24 minutes was just too long for our oven. The second time I used sun butter, zucchini and chocolate chips. So delicious! And today I made them with sun butter, pear and blueberries. I love how versatile it is. Thanks for sharing!!

  25. I made these and thought they tasted pretty good but even after fully cooling, they were still really crumbly and fell apart easily. I did grind up the oats and use GF flour. Could that be the problem?

  26. Do you think there’s a way to pack more veggies (carrot, zucchini) in? Would you recommend balancing with more/less of a different ingredient?

    1. I haven’t made these any other way, so I am not sure—but just adding more to the recipe as it’s written isn’t likely to hold together. (You could consider serving these with a smoothie with veggies or veggies on the side which may be easier?)

  27. 5 stars
    I always make them just as we are running out. It’s become a staple in our freezer. It is now fall so blueberries are hard to come by so I’m going to try with apples I will let you know how it goes. 🤞

  28. 5 stars
    I cannot thank you enough for this one! So easy and so good! We live in Hawaii where fresh blueberries are super expensive so I opt for frozen but they still turn out great! I press them into the batter at the very end after I’ve already spread the batter out and they bake in nicely! My son literally just stole the one I was sneaking out of my hands 😂 I also started serving them frozen while he finishes up another battle with teething and he loves it! He’s 17 months now and handles the chewing well lol

  29. 5 stars
    These are so delicious! I was curious about the almond butter being an overwhelming flavor, but nope. It’s perfect. My whole family loves them! Thank you for a wonderful breakfast/snack idea.

  30. Made for my two year old and at first was not a fan. After insisting he try again he loves it! Thank you for creating a yummy treat that’s also healthy!

  31. 5 stars
    Awesome and easy recipe! I did it with apple sauce instead of carrots and it turned out very good! I just tried it with coconut flour ( the mixture was a bit thicker so I added 2 applesauce instead). Hope it turns good if not I’ll just keep using regular flour. Thank you for the recipe! Me, my 2 year old and my 1 year old all love it!!! 💕

  32. Similar to others, I found these to be super tasty but super crumbly. I did reduce the maple syrup by maybe 1/3, if that had an effect? Even with the reduced sweetener, toddler and I both still found them to be super tasty!! I do have him eat them outside though, due to the crumbles. 🙂

    1. I haven’t made them any other way but it’s possible that you could add 1 egg and 2-4 tbsp sugar.

    2. I make them without added sweetener and just use a very ripe banana. I only mash up a half of a banana. I think applesauce may work too.

  33. 5 stars
    These taste sooo good! I made them today and I will definitely keep making these a lot! And they’re so healthy too! Thank you Amy for this wonderful recipe!

  34. I made these yesterday and they turned out dry! Not sure what I did wrong. The flavor is yummy but the consistency is odd! I used gluten free flour – could that be the case?

    1. It’s possible that the gf flour had a different mixture of flours and made them dry. Which one did you use?

  35. 5 stars
    Loved these! I didn’t have time to blend the rolled oats I had on hand so just used as is, and it worked great! I also had just used all of our blueberries on your recipe for chia seed blueberry jam and so mixed a spoonful of that in instead. Delicious! Thank you for all of the yummy recipes that kiddos (and adults) enjoy. 🙂

  36. These are delicious! Is there anyway I can get them to be less crumbly though? My 1 year old and 3 year old walk around eating them and I find them to be super crumbly. Any ideas on what I can add/revise?

    1. You could try increasing the almond butter a little? It’s possible adding an egg would help with the crumbliness, but it may also make them much more cake-like…

      1. I tried making these today with 1/3 cup almond butter after reading the reviews. They turned out tasting dry and were hard to eat. I’m going to spread some jam on top and try them again for breakfast though!

  37. i have a question if i have a pre-fab granola bar sheet with 12 granola bar “slots” can i use it or do they have to be baked brownie style? (kinda like making cupcakes instead of a cake)

  38. 5 stars
    I’ve now made two batches of these because my 10 month old gobbles them up. I’m also a huge fan so I can see why he likes them so much. The blueberries add such a nice pop of fresh flavor! I actually subbed pumpkin puree for the almond butter b/c I already had a can open (from making another one of your recipes!), and it worked GREAT. A fun substitution for fall! Thanks as always for such healthy, delicious recipes.

  39. 5 stars
    Made this over the weekend and loved it! My child helped make them but didn’t want to eat them so I ended up consuming too many but didn’t feel guilt because the sugar is so low. Will have this in regular rotation.

  40. 5 stars
    We just made our second batch of these! I used peanut butter and pre-shredded carrots from the store. I tossed the carrots in the blender with my rolled oats and they ground up so finely that you can’t see them at all in the bars. I also used frozen blueberries the first time, but thawed and rinsed them first and it worked fine. Great recipe!

  41. 5 stars
    These are SO good, thank you!! I love finding healthy and yummy recipes for my 18 month old and these did not disappoint, he loves them. Now I just have to freeze them quick before I eat the whole pan 🙂

  42. 5 stars
    Amy, these are amazing! I made them for my 2.5 year old son for breakfast tomorrow. He already had a piece for a bedtime snack and LOVES it. I’m going to have to make another batch because half is gone. I loved them too!
    I also added 1 banana because I wanted to use it up and it still turned out great. You are amazing!!!

    1. Any other nut or seed butter (peanut butter, sunflower seed butter) should work too. Or if you don’t have any, I bet an egg would work. (I haven’t tried that but it’s usually a good alternative!)

  43. 5 stars
    I just made these with my 18-month old and what a hit! I love that it includes healthy ingredients and it was easy to have her help me while I was making them. I replaced the whole wheat flour with a whole-grain gluten-free flour blend so that I could enjoy them as well. So easy and delicious! Thank you, Amy!