Oatmeal Bars


Oatmeal Bars

Oatmeal Bars
15 Min

This easy recipe for Oatmeal Bars is melt-in-your-mouth delicious. Maple syrup, chocolate chips, and a bit of allspice give these oatmeal bars their distinctive, old-fashioned taste. These crumbly Oatmeal Bars make are great for snackin' on anytime of the day!

What You'll Need

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter
  • 1 tablespoon maple or maple-flavored syrup
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 2 cups quick-cooking or old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips or raisins (optional)

What to Do

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9- x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Melt butter and syrup over low heat on stovetop or in microwave.
  3. In a large bowl, combine butter mixture, baking soda, and allspice; mix well and let cool.
  4. Add rolled oats, flour, sugar, and chocolate chips or raisins, if desired; mix well. Press dough into prepared baking dish.
  5. Bake 15 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool 10 minutes then immediately cut into bars; let cool completely then cut through again.



Nutritional InformationShow More

Servings Per Recipe: 21

  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Calories 220
  • Calories from Fat 92
  • Total Fat 10g 16 %
  • Saturated Fat 5.9g 29 %
  • Trans Fat 0.4g 0 %
  • Protein 3.5g 7 %
  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Cholesterol 23mg 8 %
  • Sodium 198mg 8 %
  • Total Carbohydrates 29g 10 %
  • Dietary Fiber 2.3g 9 %
  • Sugars 10g 0 %

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In the description, it says that these bars are crumbly...are they cookie crumbly or more like a granola bar? And if I was to add some walnuts to the mix, do you think I should use more maple syrup to keep them from falling apart or will the measurements be ok as they are? Also, if I wanted to add some craisins...do you think I should rehydrate them so they don't turn out too hard. The last time I made granola bars using craisins, they were so hard to chew...basically, an epic fail!

Hello again! If you're adding walnuts you'll need to add more maple syrup. Oh no on the craisins! No one wants that. If you're using fresh craisins they should be soft enough, or you can rehydrate them in water. Enjoy!

I've been looking for some alternatives to the store bought bars and I think I'll give these a try.

What extra butter??? 2 comments from January, 2015, mention extra butter it isn't in the recipe.

Hey there. This recipe has been updated since those last comments, so don't worry about the "extra butter" - just enjoy! :)

instead of adding another 1/2 cup butter, can you use 1/4 cup or 2 tbsp milk instead?

Just made these and used the extra butter and they also got crumbly. I think the ration of flour and oatmeal is reversed. You need more flour and less oatmeal to give it more body.

Not happy w/ the results. Too dry + crumbly.

Hi there Sharon! We're sorry these didn't work out for you. The Test Kitchen has just retested the recipe, and they turned out delicious. There is a slight crumble due to the oats, but this is the desired texture of this bar.

where do I find the nutrition info? I am very strict about what I eat and feed my family?

Hello. We are working on adding nutrition info to all of our recipes, soon! In the meanwhile, we can suggest using a free calorie tracker. Our Everyday Diabetic Recipes site also lists recipes with full nutrition info.

so if you added another 1/2 cup, is the total 2 1/4 cups or 2 cups.

The total should be 2 sticks of butter, which is equivalent to 1 cup.

1 cup butter is 2 sticks, not 1-3/4 sticks. Which is the correct amount please?

Hi there! Sorry for the confusion, we've gone ahead and fixed the ingredients to show the correct amount (2 sticks).

My dough was very dry also. Thought about adding extra butter so I could actually get a dough to press in the pan, but didn't. It's like theres not enough moisture to hold together

Hello! Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We've gone ahead and retested the recipe and have added an extra 1/2 cup of butter to make these bars a little more moist.

What did I do wrong? The dough was very dry and baking didn't help it. They came out crumbly granola!

These are a weekly staple in our house. My 9 year old daughter makes them herself. We have also cut out 1/2 of the butter and 1/2 of sugar and they are just as good! I have also been able to incorporate them into my Weight Watchers program but adding the recipe into the recipe builder of my online tracker. We are always trying to find ways to change them up, next week is subbing peanut butter for the syrup.

I followed recipe exactly and added a dash of cinnamon and vanilla extract! Delish!!!!

Very good and will make again!

These are very good but they'll do a number on you.

this recipe sounds absolutely delicious, however, anything with that much sugar and butter would bound to be delicious...........healthy?..........I think not!

Healthy cookie alternative. Not healthy side dish :-)

I wish nutritional values were added to these recipes for those who are diabetic, or weight watchers counting Plus Points. Thanks!

How would it be to use dried cranberries or apricots instead of the raisins?

That would totally work, try it!

I can't seem to keep these in the house. The whole pan is gone the day I make them. I have also crumbled this over you homemade applesauce recipes and it's soo good!

I would not want to use that much butter either from a health standpoint and an economical one. Butter is $3.79 a pound in my area. I often substitute applesauce for shortening, butter, and oil. In this case I will use 1/2 cup of applesauce and 1/4 cup of butter and i feel sure it will not affect the results.

lovetocook:>) Sounds great to me ,can't wait to make them only I am going to add some nuts to the recipe to give it some crunch. Not worry about the calories, I will work them off. KEEP EM' COMING! SOOOoooooo GOOOOOOD!!!!

These are so Easy & so Good. Very soft.


With all that butter and sugar, how are these considered a healthy option?

Healthy COOKIE alternative. Healthier than a cookie with no oatmeal or raisins, for example. Not a healthy alternative to an apple :-)

How do we get the calories and values of these food items?

UUUUUMMMM Can't wait to try the Oatmeal Bars Frank

Since most of us find it nesasary to count calaories these days, could you start adding the calaorie count per serving size


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