These oatmeal strawberry jam bars deliver the perfect balance of sweetness, crunch, and gooey goodness. And they’re versatile! You can enjoy them for breakfast, dessert, or an afternoon snack.
Since you’re making them at home with ingredients you choose, you can make them as nutritious as you want. I like healthy oatmeal jam bars, so I when I make them I use organic preserves and regular rolled oats.
Something that might surprise you is how easy it is to get kids to eat breakfast when you offer them one of these. After all, what kid in her right mind will turn down a breakfast cookie?
Although this recipe is specifically for the strawberry version, you can substitute raspberry, blueberry, or even fig preserves. I always recommend using what you have on hand or have easy access to.
This oatmeal bar is such a treat, regardless of when you serve it, that you should like the flavors you put in there.
Oatmeal Strawberry Jam Bars Ingredients
You probably have most, if not all of the ingredients in your pantry and fridge. Here are the items you’ll need:
- Old fashioned rolled oats
- Almond flour (or regular all-purpose flour if you prefer)
- Melted butter
- Brown sugar
- Vanilla extract
- Jam or preserves
For exact measurements of each ingredient and full directions, go to the recipe card at the bottom of the page. You can even print out the card by using the “print” button.
I like to use almond flour because I follow a gluten-free diet. Although oats are typically gluten-free, many of them are made in facilities with gluten products. If you have celiac or even a severe sensitivity, you should look for certified gluten-free oats.
You can make vegan jam bars by using a butter substitute. They should taste just as good if you choose a quality product.
Prepare the Tools and Ingredients
Before you begin putting everything together, make sure you have all of the ingredients. You can even measure them out and have them ready for when you’ll need them.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Spray the bottom of a baking pan (either 7” x 9” or 8” x 8”) with nonstick cooking spray.
How to Make Oatmeal Strawberry Jam Bars
Now it’s time to start mixing. First of all, combine the oats, almond flour, brown sugar, vanilla extract, and salt in a large mixing bowl. You can use a medium-size one, but I like to make sure everything stays in the bowl. Stir until everything is well mixed.
Secondly, add the melted butter. Stir the mixture until all of the dry ingredients are coated.
The texture should be somewhat crumbly, kind of like wet sand with a little oatmeal in the mix.
Next, pour 2/3 of the mixture into the bottom of your greased baking pan. Spread it out and pack it down. This forms the bottom crust to support the bars.
You can use the back of a spoon or your hands to do this. If the mixture sticks to your spoon, all you have to do is spritz it with nonstick spray.
After that, place the preserves in a microwave safe bowl. Heat it on high in the microwave for about 20-30 seconds or until it is runny and easy to spread.
You can spread it cold, but it tends to pick up the crust from the bottom, and it’s much more difficult to work with.
Now, pour the jam over the bottom crust in the pan. Smooth it out evenly using the back of a spoon.
Next, sprinkle the remaining oatmeal mixture over the top. Gently press it down with your fingertips to make sure it sticks to the jam.
The topping won’t completely cover the jam, but it does add a layer of satisfying crunch.
Bake for 30 minutes in a hot oven.
Remove from the oven and cool to room temperature.
Before You Cut The Oatmeal Strawberry Jam Bars
Since the strawberry jam will still be very gooey, I recommend refrigerating the pan of uncut bars for at least an hour. This gives it more time to set.
After it has had time to chill, cut the bars into squares or rectangles. I usually get about 12-15 bars per pan.
You can make these jam bars without oatmeal if you want. All you have to do is eliminate the oats and double the almond flour. Doing this changes the texture quite a bit, but they should still taste good.
If you want to leave out the jam, you can use a nut butter instead. I’ve made these bars with creamy peanut butter, and I really like them.
More Breakfast Recipes
Over the years, I’ve discovered ways to take breakfast to new heights. If I taste something from a package, I read the list of ingredients and decide whether or not I can make it better. Many times I can.
Here are some of our favorite breakfast recipes:
Cinnamon Raisin Granola – We typically eat this with milk on it, but it’s actually good all by itself.
Quinoa Breakfast Bowl – Quinoa is a delicious alternative to oats, grits, or rice when you need something filling. I like to make these bowls when I have a busy morning planned.
Baked French Toast Casserole – I like to start this one the night before, but that isn’t necessary. It’s a deliciously warm and comforting meal, perfect to start the day.
English Muffin Breakfast Sandwich – When you need something to grab-and-go, try making a breakfast sandwich from Julia’s Simply Southern blog.
Banana Nut Muffins – You can make these delicious banana nut muffins either regular or gluten-free. This is one of our favorite recipes, and it makes the house smell so good!
- 1 cup of old fashioned rolled oats
- 1 cup of almond flour
- 1/2 cup of melted butter (1 stick)
- 1/2 cup of brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 1 cup of jam or preserves
- Preheat your oven to 350˚ F. Spray the bottom of a 7” x 9” or 8” x 8” baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, almond flour, brown sugar, vanilla extract, and salt. Mix it well.
- Add the butter and stir until all of the ingredients are coated.
- Pour 2/3 of the mixture into the pan. With the back of a spoon, press the mixture until it is firm. This is the bottom crust of the bars If the mixture sticks to the spoon, spray the back of the spoon with nonstick spray. Or you can use your hands, but spray them first or dampen them with cold water so the mixture doesn’t stick to your hands.
- Put the preserves in a microwave safe bowl and heat it on high for about 30 seconds or until it is slightly melted and runny.
- Pour the preserves over the bottom crust in the baking pan.
- Pour the remaining oatmeal mixture over the jam. Gently press it down with damp fingertips.
- Bake for 30 minutes. Cool on the countertop for about 15 minutes. Then put it in the refrigerator and allow it to cool for at least an hour before cutting it into either squares or rectangles.
You may use raspberry, blueberry, or any other type of fruit preserves you enjoy.
Store whatever you don’t eat in a sealed container in the refrigerator.
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Nutrition InformationYield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 512Total Fat 26gSaturated Fat 11gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 13gCholesterol 41mgSodium 321mgCarbohydrates 67gFiber 4gSugar 43gProtein 6g
The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.