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Oatmeal Bars with Strawberry and Banana

Oatmeal Bars with Strawberry and Banana

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School will be back in session soon, so whip up a batch of these strawberry oatmeal bars to pack in your child’s lunch. Or you can give them one of these bars for breakfast with a glass of orange juice and some protein to help kick-start their day. Oatmeal strawberry bars with bananas are so easy to make, and a tasty treat any time of the day.

 

Whether you choose to serve these up as a breakfast bar, after-school snack or a midnight treat for you, the whole family will gobble every single crumb up.

I love the pairing of the hearty oats next to the strawberry and banana.

Oatmeal Bars with Strawberry and Banana

Image of Oatmeal Strawberry bars with a bannana in the background and oatmeal on the table.When I first made these I didn’t add in bananas, and I felt like something more could be added to the bars to give another element of flavor.

Then it hit me, bananas would fit perfectly. It changed the texture and flavor to the perfect amount. We love the mix of strawberries and bananas in our home, so it was a perfect fit.

You could play with the fruits in these oatmeal bars to create a flavor combination that is a good fit for you. I have made some bars with different nuts and fruits in the past, but I still always come back to this combination because it is unique and blends perfectly. Hearty, fruity, lightly sweet, are how I would define these strawberry oatmeal bars.

Image of Oatmeal Strawberry bars with a bannana in the background and oatmeal on the table.

One tip I will share is parchment paper can be your best friend with this recipe. It will help make it easy to pull the bars out of your pan so they don’t break apart. I never knew how much I would use parchment paper as I got older and began cooking for my family. It truly is great for so many recipes, and saves me from a mess and allows me to have gorgeous looking bars.

I love fresh strawberries and cooking with them and here are some strawberry tips and tricks!

Image of Oatmeal Strawberry bars with a bannana in the background and oatmeal on the table.How to Keep Strawberries Fresh Longer

Keep your strawberries cold and dry until you are ready to use them. Lay your strawberries out on a try that is lined with paper towels, and then lightly cover them with plastic wrap. Put them in the refrigerator and then rinse them as you use them.


Image of Oatmeal Strawberry bars with a bannana in the background and oatmeal on the table.How Long To Soak Strawberries Vinegar Wash

Mixing 1 part white vinegar and then 10 parts water, is a vinegar wash that will help clean your fruit. You can do this for any fruit, I soak strawberries for just a few minutes then rinse and pat dry and use.

Enjoy your strawberries while they are in the season and make tasty treats! If you make these bars, let me know how you like them!

Oatmeal Bars with Strawberry and Banana
Yield: 6

Oatmeal Bars with Strawberry and Banana

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Whether you choose to serve these up as a breakfast bar, after-school snack or a midnight treat for you, the whole family will gobble every single crumb up.

I love the pairing of the hearty oats next to the strawberry and banana.

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp coconut oil, melted
  • ½ c banana, mashed
  • 1/3 c skim milk
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 ½ c rolled oats
  • 1 c strawberry, fresh, diced

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 300°F, and lightly coat an 8” square baking pan lined with parchment paper.
  2. In a bowl, mix together the coconut oil, mashed banana, milk, and honey. 
  3. Stir in the oats thoroughly until they look wet. 
  4. Add diced strawberries. 
  5. Dump mixture into your prepared pan and press to pack down firmly
  6. Bake 20 to 25 minutes until you notice a light crisp on top. 
  7. Cool completely to before removing and slicing into bars. 
  8. Store bars in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Nutrition Information

Yield

6

Serving Size

6

Amount Per Serving Calories 173Total Fat 3gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 0mgSodium 8mgCarbohydrates 32gFiber 4gSugar 7gProtein 5g

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