Filed Under: Bake Sale, Child, Pregnancy, School Lunch, snack, Under 20 Mins

Awesome Oatmeal Bars

Oatmeal bars are the perfect snack for kids on the run, but why bake your own when the stores are full of them? Well, our scrumptious version is lower in calories and sodium than most supermarket bars

February 20th, 2007

Recipe by Heather Trim
Food Styling by Marilyn Dunphy
Prop Styling by Stephanie Han & Yuki Hayashi

"With no nuts, these are great for lunch boxes. Juliana asked for “thirds'!" Debbie S, mom of Juliana, 6, And eight-month-old Myles, Barrie, Ont.

20 bars
Prep Time
About 40 minutes, including cooking time
  • ½ cup (125 mL) butter
  • ½ cup (125 mL) maple syrup
  • ¼ cup (50 mL) packed brown sugar
  • 2½ cups (625 mL) rolled oats (not quick, instant or one-minute)
  • ⅓ cup (75 mL) wheat germ or bran
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) vanilla
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) finely grated orange rind
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp (1 mL) salt
  • ⅓ cup (75 mL) dried fruit (cranberries, raisins, cherries, or finely chopped apricots, figs and/or pitted dates)
  1. Preheat oven to 325°F (160°C). Line a 9-inch (2.5-L) square baking pan with parchment paper, leaving a 1-inch (2.5-cm) overhang on two sides so you can easily lift the baked bars out of the pan.

  2. In a large saucepan, heat butter, maple syrup and sugar over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Boil for 1 minute; remove saucepan from heat. Stir in oats, wheat germ, vanilla, orange rind, cinnamon and salt until well combined. Stir in dried fruit until well combined.

  3. Spread mixture evenly in pan, pressing down firmly using base of a measuring cup. Bake 30 to 35 minutes, until a deep golden colour. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Once cooled, use parchment to lift to a cutting board; cut into bars with a large serrated knife. (Save any crumbs; they’re delicious sprinkled over yogurt or fruit.) Bars can be stored in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Nutrients Per Serving

125 calories, 5.5 g fat, 18 mg calcium, 79 mg sodium, 17.6 g carbohydrates, 2.1 g protein, 1.4 g fibre

Awesome Oatmeal Bars
Photography by Edward Pond