Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

These Strawberry Oatmeal Bars are your summer dessert dreams come true! With an easy to make crust and crumble topping, and a filling made of sliced fresh strawberries reduced to perfection, these oatmeal bars are the best strawberry dessert to enjoy all summer long! Enjoy!

Always looking for your new favorite bar recipe to bring to summer get-togethers and BBQs?! We got you! From lemon blueberry crumble bars to gluten free lemon bars to coconut key lime pie bars (oh, and who can forget the triple berry crumble bars!), look no further than Fit Foodie Finds for your go-to desserts of the season.

strawberry oatmeal bars sliced on a cutting board and topped with a strawberry

Healthy Dessert Lovers

Calling all summertime dessert lovers! We’re here with the summer-y-est of summer, fresh fruity yummy desserts your little heart has been looking for going into the #1 fruity bar season of the year.

This strawberry crumble bar recipe comes complete with the perfect sweetness crust and crumble topping, and a not-too-sweet jammy strawberry filling (made with fresh strawbs!). Does it get any better?!

Welp, kind of, because we’re also going to walk you through this bad boy step-by-step so you can leave with your very own batch of what we’re officially dubbing The Dessert of Summer. Let’s get into it:

healthy strawberry oatmeal bars stacked and topped with fresh strawberries

The Perfect Crust!

Before we send you off to the recipe instructions for these oatmeal bars, can we just take a second to fully appreciate how great it is when you get the absolute perfect crust for dessert bars?!

Seriously, this crust is the most delightful combination of oats, almond flour, and natural sweeteners like vanilla extract and 100% maple syrup.

Plus, you’ll mix up the ingredients for the crust and crumble topping all at once (yes, in ONE bowl!), eliminating that annoying step you typically have to take with multi-layer bars. #swoon

crust and crumble topping in a baking dish with parchment paper

How to Make Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

Don’t let these 10 steps scare you, we’ll walk you through how to make these strawberry oatmeal bars to perfection, so you can bring them to your next get together or serve as a fruity treat at home! Let’s get into it:

Step 1: Preheat and Pan Prep

First, preheat oven to 350ºF and line an 8×8-inch pan with parchment paper and set aside. We love lining our baking pans with parchment paper when making bars for a couple reasons — it’s SO much easier to take them out and slice, and you never have to “wreck” the first bar out of the pan when you shove a spatula underneath it :D

Step 2: Make Crust and Crumble

Next, create your crust and crumble. Mix all crumble ingredients together (minus the coconut sugar, you’ll add this later). You’re going to want to make sure that the coconut oil is slightly melted, but not liquid. You do this so the dough is more of a crumble, but can still be pressed together into a crust.

Step 3: Press Crust and Finish Crumble

Then, take 2/3 of the mixture and press it evenly onto the bottom of your pan. Set the rest of the crumble mixture aside and add 1 tablespoon of coconut sugar, and then mix together. This deliciousness is what you will use for the crumble topping.

Step 4: Bake Crust

Bake crust at 350ºF for 10 minutes. Then, remove the crust from the oven and set aside to let cool.

sliced strawberries in a cast iron skillet ready to be reduced

Step 5: Prep and Reduce Strawberries

Next, place all ingredients (except for the tapioca flour) for the strawberry filling into a medium saucepan or cast iron skillet. Turn heat to medium/high and bring the filling to a boil, stirring often and breaking up the strawberries.

Once boiling, turn the heat down to low and let simmer for 20 minutes. Don’t skimp on this! It’s important to break down the strawberries or your bars will be too wet when they’re done.

Continue stirring throughout the 20 minutes as it will help break down the strawberries evenly and prevent burning.

Step 6: Thicken Strawberry Filling

Once the filling has cooked for 20 minutes and has become darker in color (almost a dark jam color!), add in 2 tablespoons of tapioca flour and stir until there are no more tapioca flour clumps and the strawberry filling has thickened.

You’ll notice a distinct change in the texture after the tapioca flour has a chance to absorb into your strawberry filling mixture. It will be almost sticky and gooey when it’s ready to go!

strawberry filling reduced in a cast iron skillet

Step 7: Pour Filling and Add Crumble Topping

Pour on top of the crust and spread out evenly. Then, sprinkle on the rest of the crumble mixture evenly over the top of the strawberry filling.

Step 8: Finish Baking

Bake for another 20 minutes at 350ºF. Your kitchen is about to smell even more amazing :D

Step 9: Let Cool

Let your strawberry bars cool for 20 minutes before placing into the fridge for at least 2 hours. Or, for best results, let them cool overnight in the fridge to allow the filling fully set.

sliced strawberry oatmeal bars topped with whipped cream and a fresh strawberry

Step 10: Slice and Enjoy!

Hold the two edges of parchment paper on either sides of your pan and carefully remove the entire pan of bars. Then, place on a cutting board and cut into squares. Enjoy your strawberry oatmeal bars with ice cream, whipped cream or alone! These bars will not disappoint.

strawberry oatmeal bar sliced and topped with whipped cream and a sliced fresh strawberry

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Recipe

Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

These Strawberry Oatmeal Bars are your summer dessert dreams come true! With an easy to make crust and crumble topping, and a filling made of sliced fresh strawberries reduced to perfection, these oatmeal bars are the best strawberry dessert to enjoy all summer long! Enjoy!

  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
Author: Lee Hersh
Yield: 9 bars 1x
Category: Desserts
Method: Oven
Cuisine: American

Ingredients

Crust and Crumble

  • 2.5 cups almond meal, superfine
  • 1.5 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup softened coconut oil (but not melted)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup (or honey)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar (or brown sugar)

Strawberry Filling

  • 3 cups fresh strawberries, finely diced
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • zest from one lemon
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup (or honey)
  • 2 tablespoontapioca flour
  • pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. First, preheat oven to 350ºF and line an 8×8-inch pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Next, create your crust and crumble.  Mix all crumble ingredients together (minus the coconut sugar, you’ll add this later). You’re going to want to make sure that the coconut oil is slightly melted, but not liquid. You do this so the dough is more of a crumble, but can still be pressed together into a crust.
  3. Then, take 2/3 of the mixture and press it evenly onto the bottom of your pan. Set the rest of the crust/crumble mixture aside and add 1 tablespoon of coconut sugar. Mix. This is what you will use for the crumble topping.
  4. Bake crust at 350ºF for 10 minutes. Remove crust and set aside.
  5. Next, place all ingredients (except for the tapioca flour) for the strawberry filling into a medium saucepan or cast iron skillet. Turn heat to medium/high and bring the filling to a boil, stirring often and breaking up the strawberries. Once boiling, turn the heat down to low and let simmer for 20 minutes (don’t skimp on this! It’s important to break down the strawberries or your bars will be too wet.). Continue stirring.
  6. Once the filling has cooked for 20 minutes and has become darker in color, add in 2 tablespoons of tapioca flour and stir until there are no more clumps and the strawberry filling has thickened.
  7. Pour on top of the crust and spread out evenly. Then, sprinkle on the rest of the crumble mixture over the top of the strawberry filling.
  8. Bake for another 20 minutes at 350ºF.
  9. Let cool for 20 minutes before placing into the fridge for at least 2 hours (or for best results, overnight) to let the filling set. Slice and enjoy!

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/9 recipe
  • Calories: 365
  • Sugar: 18
  • Sodium: 48
  • Fat: 23
  • Carbohydrates: 37
  • Fiber: 6
  • Protein: 9
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