6 Ingredient Healthy Raspberry Oatmeal Bars

Warm, thick healthy Raspberry Oatmeal Bars – All you need are 6 simple ingredients and 35 minutes to make this recipe. Enjoy as a healthy dessert or on-the-go snack!

raspberry oatmeal bars on parchment paper with a hand picking a bar up

These thick, chewy raspberry oatmeal bars are not too sweet, and are a delicious healthy dessert or snack. All you need are 6 wholesome ingredients, and 35 minutes to make. This recipe is also packed with whole grains, made with unrefined sugar, and is egg free!

The Difference Between Steel-Cut, Rolled, & Instant Oats

The difference between steel-cut, rolled, and instant oats is simply how much the oat groat has been processed. This also results in each variety having a distinct texture and varying cook times. They all hold the same nutritional value – so choosing one over the other really comes down to preference and your desired baking/cook time.

How to Make Raspberry Oatmeal Bars – Step by Step

  • (1) In a food processor (or high powdered blender) chop oats until a “meal” texture.
  • (2) Mix all ingredients together in bowl. Texture should be slightly oil-y and crumbly but should hold together when pinched between fingers.
  • (3) Lay parchment paper (with edges up), set aside 1/2 cup of oat crumble for later. Lay rest of oat mixture in parchment paper layer pan. Press and pack firmly on all edges to form crust. Prick with fork to allow crust to bake evenly.

step by step on how to make raspberry oatmeal squares

  • Bake crust 350F for 10 minutes.
  • (4) Spread raspberry jam over crust – sprinkle 1/2 cup of oat mixture set aside over top of jam layer. Bake for 15-20 minutes until bars are golden brown on top.
  • Let cool, lift bars out of pan with edges of parchment paper, let cool and slice in squares.

a group of raspberry oatmeal bars on parchment paper with one oatmeal square removed

Tips For Making These Raspberry Oatmeal Bars

  • Nut butter: you can swap peanut butter for either almond butter or cashew butter. 
  • Use your favorite Jam. If you don’t have or like raspberry jam, this recipe is adaptable for you to use any jam you love or have on hand! I’ve tried blueberry, strawberry, and raspberry – all three are delicious.

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raspberry oatmeal bars on parchment paper with a hand picking a bar up

6 Ingredient Healthy Raspberry Oatmeal Bars

5 from 9 votes

Warm, thick Raspberry Oatmeal Bars. Only require 6 ingredients and are the perfect healthy dessert or on-the-go snack!

Servings 9 bars
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Cooling Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 35 mins

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Tags: healthy breakfast bar, healthy dessert, healthy oatmeal bars
Calories: 330 kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.

  2. In a food processor or high-powered blender, roughly chop oats until they are course and in small pieces. 

  3. In a large mixing bowl add chopped oats & almond flour, coconut oil, honey, and peanut butter. The mixture should be oily and crumble-like texture.

  4. Line an 8x8 square baking pan with parchment paper. Set aside 1/2 cup of mixture for the crumble topping, and pour rest of oat mixture into pan. Press mixture down tightly with your fingers, as well as the edges. Make sure whole mixture is patted down evenly. Prick with fork to allow steam to come through the bottom of the pain (this prevents any unnecessary rising of the crust). Bake uncovered in oven for 10 minutes.

  5. Let crust cool for several minutes. Dollop jam around the top and spread evenly. Use extra oat mixture that was set aside to sprinkle as crumble on top. Bake in oven for 15-20 minutes, until edges of the crust are golden brown. Let bars cool for 10 minutes before cutting. Pull parchment paper edges to successfully and carefully lift bars out. Cut and serve! Store in a sealed container in fridge for up to 1 week or freeze.

Notes

Tips

  • Bake crust first. To evenly bake bars, and avoid your oatmeal squares from falling apart - bake crust first before you layer jam and crumble topping.
  • Use peanut butter instead of eggs. Because there are no eggs in this recipe, peanut butter is the binding ingredient. It's sticky texture is perfect for holding ingredients together - I also love the added peanut butter flavor.
  • Use your favorite Jam. If you don't have or like raspberry jam, this recipe is adaptable for you to use any jam you love or have on hand! I've tried blueberry, strawberry, and raspberry - all three are delicious.
Nutrition Facts
6 Ingredient Healthy Raspberry Oatmeal Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 330 Calories from Fat 136
% Daily Value*
Fat 15.1g23%
Sodium 212.2mg9%
Carbohydrates 43.7g15%
Sugar 24.9g28%
Protein 4.9g10%
Vitamin C 3.3mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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22 Comments

  • Avatar for Jen Jen says:

    5 stars
    Made these and love them!! Love that they are healthy too

  • Avatar for Pattie Pattie says:

    Have made these bars time & time again. With raspberry jam and sometimes with chocolate chips… they always come out delicious!

  • Avatar for Diane Steiger Diane Steiger says:

    5 stars
    Great recipe!! I love these bars. I used AP flour instead of almond flour and the substitution of 1 cup for 1 cup seemed to do the trick. I had to wait until they completely cooled for the bottom not to be super crumbly. (Trust me, this was a willpower challenge!) Thanks for the recipe. These will be breakfast bars for my kiddos tomorrow.

    • Avatar for Bethany Kramer Bethany Kramer says:

      So glad you enjoyed them, Diane! Happy to hear the flour swap was successful. Means so much to hear you all love them! They’re slightly addicting. 😉

  • Avatar for Brigitte Brigitte says:

    Can you substitute the jam for raspberries? If so ..measurement?

    • Avatar for Bethany Kramer Bethany Kramer says:

      I’ve never tried fresh raspberries – but I’m sure it would be yummy. I’d use 1 to 1 1/2 cups of raspberries for the center!

  • Avatar for Ana Ana says:

    5 stars
    Hey, thank you for the recipe, turned out delicious! I’m a little bit unsure about the measures though. Do you know how many grams are in one cup? And how may tablespoons/millilitres of the coconut oil you used? Think I’ve added too much.
    Thanks!

  • Avatar for Eva Eva says:

    5 stars
    Can you make this with fresh raspberry’s?

  • Avatar for Ellie L. Ellie L. says:

    5 stars
    Loved these! I made a few modifications, because “healthy” does not always indicate “low in calories” -in fact, often it is quite the opposite! None of te ingredients in your recipe were unhealthy, but I wanted a slightly lower calorie final product. So I cut the almond flour in half (I found half a cup quite sufficient), I replaced the honey with slightly less sweet maple syrup and only used 1/3 of a cup, I used 1/4 cup of coconut oil instead of 1/2, and I replaced the peanut butter with one flax egg with an extra tbsp water thrown in to replace the lost moisture from halving the coconut oil. I also added a few drops of imitation butter extract, which I love in sweet baked goods! I only used half a cup of raspberry jam, which was almost enough; I think next time I will use 2/3 cup instead. I used a raspberry jam sweetened with dates. I also used a 9×9 inch pan and cut them into 16 pieces instead of 12. Delicious!

  • Avatar for Ellie L. Ellie L. says:

    5 stars
    Oh, I forgot to say that I added a sprinkle of white chocolate chips on top of the jam (a little over 1 tbsp), and they were a perfect pairing!

  • Avatar for Lily Lily says:

    I love how chewvy they turned out! I added some chopped hazelnuts into the mix 🙂

  • Avatar for Deb Deb says:

    5 stars
    Made this recipe tonight. Was easy and looks good. Will let you know how it tastes when it cools

  • Avatar for Annie Annie says:

    Is the calorie count for each piece or for the whole recipe?

    • It is per bar! (The recipe card doesn’t allow me to say that – sorry!). You can cut them into 12 bars and the calories per slice would be 256. They are a bit high in calories because of the almond flour and peanut butter. 🙂

  • Avatar for Karine Karine says:

    5 stars
    These were exactly what i was hoping for!
    I made them with spelt flour, doubled the raspberries and used pecans and they were very delicious…thank you!!

  • Avatar for Cathy Cathy says:

    I would like to try this recipe. Was wondering if there is an alternate for the almond flour? What could I use instead ?