If you like oatmeal at breakfast, then you will absolutely love this easy-to-make baked oatmeal bars recipe. White chocolate and blueberry add to the flavor of simple baked oatmeal. Part cookie and part breakfast, these go from mixing bowl to table in just at 30 minutes time. A perfect easy breakfast that is also ideal for making ahead in large batches.
White Chocolate Blueberry Baked Oatmeal Bars
One staple ingredient always in our pantry is oatmeal because it is so versatile. We've made chewy chocolate peanut butter oatmeal bars before, but those are definitely more of a snack or treat than breakfast. This recipe is simple and flavorful, and ideal for an on-the-go breakfast you feel zero guilt about serving.
If you have extra rolled oats laying around and want to put them to use, whip up a batch of these crunchy oatmeal cookies or these M&M's peanut butter protein balls. Both are simple, delicious, and perfect for using oatmeal.
Is Baked Oatmeal Healthy?
Whether a recipe is healthy or not depends upon your own dietary needs and expectations. In general, rolled oats are a low-calorie and high-fiber food that is considered heart-healthy. However, adding sweeteners, chocolate, and other ingredients to make it palatable often takes away from the health benefits.
In this recipe, the use of maple syrup and fresh berries keeps it fairly healthy and a "better for you" snack than others you might encounter. The white chocolate isn't truly a healthy option but can be removed or limited so it doesn't add much to the fat and calories of the recipe.
Is this recipe healthy? Overall yes. If concerned, leave out the chocolate and use non-dairy milk to make it lower in calories and healthier in general.
What Are Different Flavors I Can Add?
My favorite part of this base recipe is that what flavors you add is really up to you. This version happens to include blueberries and white chocolate chips, but you can add tons of different options to create a flavor you prefer. Since the basic "batter" for these is plain oatmeal with a hint of cinnamon and maple syrup, it is easy to add any flavors you prefer. Below are some ideas that are excellent for making baked oatmeal bars.
- Fruits such as apples, apricots, bananas, blackberries, blueberries, peaches, pears, raspberries, or strawberries.
- Chopped nuts such as almonds, cashews, peanuts, pecans, pistachios, or walnuts.
- Coconut shreds
- Chocolate chips in a variety of flavors such as dark chocolate, milk chocolate, sem-sweet chocolate, white chocolate, or a mixture.
- Other "chips in flavors like butterscotch, caramel, cinnamon, mint, or peanut butter.
Can I Make These Vegan?
If you are following a vegan or plant-based diet it is easy to adjust this recipe to suit your dietary needs. There are two ways to make this vegan. Replace the milk with a non-dairy option and the eggs with flax eggs or the commercially produced egg replacers. Just Egg and Bob's Red Mill vegan egg replacer are easy to find and work well in this recipe.
The second option is a little different flavor, but with similar results. You would replace the milk and eggs in the recipe with 1 ripe banana, ⅔ cup non-dairy milk, and 3 tablespoons nut butter. All other ingredients would stay the same.
Are These Served Hot or Cold?
One of the best things about oatmeal and baked oatmeal is that it can so easily be served hot or cold. This recipe is the same. These bars are easy to make, stack together, and have as a snack or treat, but they can also be heated up just a bit and served warm with a spoon. How you eat them is totally up to you!
If eating these hot, you can drizzle with additional syrup for added sweetness, or even top with a bit of whipped cream. If you choose to add blueberries, you could also serve them with extra fresh blueberries or even a bit of blueberry syrup. There are many options for this recipe.
How Long is Baked Oatmeal Good For?
Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days on the counter. You can also store them in the refrigerator for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 3 months. They are best eaten within the first 2 to 3 days.
- Rolled oats
- Maple syrup
- Baking powder
- Vanilla extract
- Ground cinnamon
- White chocolate chips
- Lemon zest
Handy Kitchen Tools
- Mixing bowl
- Measuring cups and spoons
- 8"x8" baking dish
- Parchment paper
- Food processor or blender
How to Make it Step by Step
Always start by preparing and measuring all items before you begin mixing. This saves time and frustration in the middle of the recipe.
Preheat the oven to 350°F and line an 8"x8" baking dish with parchment paper making sure it overlaps the top. This makes it easier to pull the bars out of the pan to slice.
Add the oatmeal, baking powder, ground cinnamon, and salt to the food processor or blender.
Then add in the maple syrup, milk, and eggs to the dry ingredients and pulse until combined.
Stir in the blueberries, lemon zest, and white chocolate chips then pour into the prepared baking dish.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown and set.
Let sit for 5 minutes before pulling out of the pan and slicing to serve.
More Easy Breakfast Recipes
We love preparing delicious breakfast recipes and have tons of ideas outside just these oatmeal bars to share. Whether you want sweet or savory, below are some great options that are sure to please at your breakfast table. Bookmark, pin, or print these recipes and add them to your menu soon!
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- Air Fryer Biscuit Donuts Recipe with Glaze
- The Best Flapjack Recipe You'll Ever Make
- Savory Sausage Stuffed French Toast Roll Ups
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- 1 cup rolled oats (72 gm)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder (5 gm)
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon (2.5 gm)
- ⅛ teaspoon salt (.75 gm)
- ¼ cup maple syurp (78 gm)
- ½ cup milk (123 gm)
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoon vanilla extract (10 gm)
- ½ cup fresh blueberries (95 gm)
- ¼ cup white chocolate chips (43 gm)
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest (5 gm)
- Preheat the oven to 350°F and line an 8"x8" baking dish with parchment paper making sure it overlaps the top. This makes it easier to pull the bars out of the pan to slice.
- Add oats, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, maple syrup, milk, and eggs to the food processor and pulse until combined.
- Stir in the blueberries, lemon zest, and white chocolate chips then pour into the prepared baking dish.
- Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown and set.
- Let sit for 5 minutes before pulling out of the pan and slicing to serve.
To make vegan:
Replace the milk with a non-dairy option and the eggs with flax eggs or commercially produced egg replacers.
Alternatively, you can replace the milk and eggs in the recipe with 1 ripe banana, ⅔ cup non-dairy milk, and 3 tablespoons nut butter. All other ingredients would stay the same.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 90Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 43mgSodium: 113mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 3g