Made from wholesome, natural ingredients, these soft, cinnamon-y oatmeal bars are great for both kids and adults. They are perfect for breakfast, school lunch, or a healthy snack.
This recipe is inspired by Nature Valley’s soft-baked oatmeal bars. My family really likes those bars, but I wanted to try making the oatmeal bars myself so that I could the control the amount of sugar in them, plus so that I could make sure I knew what all the ingredients were.
This recipe has been a big success with my kids. My oldest child is a really picky eater, so I’m always super happy when I find something nutritious that he actually wants to eat. These oatmeal bars work for him. In fact, I made these bars this morning, and when my son got home from school, he ate 5 oatmeal bars. Yeah, I think he likes them.
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ALLERGIES? This recipe calls for peanut butter, but it’s totally optional. I’ve made these oatmeal bars with and without peanut butter. I prefer them with the peanut butter because it gives the bars a slightly chewier texture, but you can totally leave the peanut butter out if you have a nut allergy. Or if you just don’t like peanut butter.
If you need to avoid eggs or dairy, you should try these chewy vegan granola bars.
Soft-Baked Cinnamon Oatmeal Squares
3 C rolled oats
2 C whole wheat flour
3/4 C brown sugar
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 C milk
1/4 C peanut butter (optional)
2 tsp vanilla
- Preheat the oven to 350F.
- Prepare a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, combine the oats, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking powder and salt, and mix until well combined.
- Add the milk, eggs, peanut butter, and vanilla to the flour mixture and mix until everything is well incorporated.
- Spread the oat mixture in the 9×13 baking dish.
- Bake for 22-24 minutes.
This recipe was adapted from here.