These strawberry baked oats are a delicious and nutritious gluten free breakfast recipe. Packed with so much fruity flavor, they’ll curve your craving and keep you satisfied until lunchtime.
Enjoy these baked oatmeal bars on the go or as a sit-down breakfast. Pair with a yogurt bowl, scrambled eggs, or a cup of coffee! The best quick and versatile breakfast.
This recipe along with my oat flour pancakes, are my kids most requested breakfast. They love adding in blueberries, raspberries, or other fruit flavors to switch things up.
Baked oats can be made in minutes for a quick healthy breakfast before school or they can even be meal prepped. Meal prepping these oatmeal bars is a great way to save more time and prevent morning kitchen messes.
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Why you’ll love baked oats
- They’re a viral tiktok trend that’s totally worth the hype.
- Swap with any fruit for a versatile recipe.
- They make a great snack or meal depending on the serving size.
- Made with basic pantry staple ingredients so you can skip the grocery store run.
- A make-ahead breakfast recipe the whole family will love.
What you’ll need
- Oatmeal – I like to use packets of instant oatmeal because it’s easy. But you can also use quick oats or rolled oats. Do note, that changing the type of oatmeal may slightly alter the texture.
- Butter – Butter or coconut oil, keeps these baked oatmeal bars moist.
- Flour – I like to use a blend of gluten-free flour, but you can use whatever flour you have on hand. All-purpose flour works best.
- Eggs – Swap eggs for flax eggs if you want to make this recipe vegan. Adding flax eggs will also add some extra fiber.
- Brown sugar – Adding a little brown sugar gives this easy recipe a hint of sweetness. You can swap with honey, pure maple syrup, or coconut sugar if desired. The texture may change a little if swapping with a liquid sweetener.
- Fruit – Juicy strawberries are my go-to, but you can use blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, peaches, etc.
How to make strawberry baked oats
Step 1: Prepare
Preheat the oven and spray a baking sheet with olive oil or cooking spray. Lining with parchment paper will also work.
Step 2: Combine
In a large bowl, combine all of your ingredients together.
Step 3: Bake
Evenly spread the oatmeal mixture onto the baking dish and bake until golden brown.
Step 4: Serve
Let the bars cool before topping with jam and fresh strawberries, then serve.
Pro tip: Add a splash of plant-based milk like almond milk, oat milk, or coconut milk to the batter for extra soft bars.
As I said before, this recipe is super versatile. You can totally make it your own with different add ins. Here are a few of my favorite ways to mix up this recipe…
- Protein powder – To add some protein, feel free to add a couple of scoops of protein powder to the batter. Use whatever flavor you’d like. You may have to add a splash of milk if the batter becomes too thick.
- Nuts – If you’re a texture person, throw in some chopped nuts. Almonds, walnuts, and pecans are good options.
- Yogurt – Adding yogurt to your batter can make your baked oatmeal bars richer, creamier, and add more protein. Plus, it helps keep them moist and tender.
- Spices – Adding some cinnamon or pumpkin spice depending on the fruit you’re using is a great way to customize the recipe to fit any season.
- Chocolate chips – White chocolate chips or dark chocolate will taste delicious in these strawberry oatmeal bars.
Can I use frozen fruit?
Yes you can use frozen fruit in this breakfast recipe. Just make sure to thaw the fruit and drain any excess liquid before baking. This will prevent soggy bars.
How can I make baked oats less crumbly?
To make your baked oats less crumbly, firmly pack them into the pan. You can also add a couple extra tablespoons of butter to make sure they’re moist.
Is oatmeal gluten-free?
Yes oatmeal is gluten-free but you should make sure they’re certified gluten free oats. Sometimes, oatmeal can be cross contaminated so if you have celiac disease or a gluten allergy, I recommend getting certified gf oats.
Storing – Store these bars on the counter for up to 2 days or in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Make sure the bars are completely cooled before storing in the fridge. Reheat in the microwave or the oven when you’re ready to serve.
Freezing – Place these bars in a ziplock baggie or freezer safe container and freeze for up to 3 months. I recommend cutting the bars into individual servings before freezing. That way, you can thaw what you need.
More recipes you’ll love
- This bircher museli recipe is just like overnight oats but with more flavor!
- These gluten-free pancakes are another easy breakfast that the kids love.
- If you’re looking for another way to use old fashioned rolled oats, try these oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.
- Similar to this recipe, these protein balls are packed with healthy fats and whole grains for a filling and satisfying snack.
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Strawberry Baked Oats
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Generously spray a quarter sheet (9×13) baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl then spread into your greased baking sheet
- Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes
- Let bars cool 5 minutes then spread with jamTop with sliced strawberries and enjoy
Originally published May 15, 2018 but has since been updated with new photos and helpful information.