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Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Bars

Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Bars is an easy Mix-n-bake recipe ~ perfect for breakfast or a snack to add to the lunch box

Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Bars

It is that time of the year where my son is almost done with his studies for the year. Only one more test and he can relax, meaning relax from his studies as he is also working full-time.

Every year around this time, he also ups his time spent in the gym and is always ravenous when he gets home. He goes to the gym straight after work and gets home a while before we have dinner.

I like to keep these old-fashioned Oatmeal bars on hand for him, to grab whenever he feels the hunger pains can not wait any longer.

He would usually pack a couple of bars together with his lunch as well in the mornings.

Mix-n-bake Old-Fashioned gooey Oatmeal Bars ~ perfect snack to add to the lunch box

I, on the other hand, am a huge snacker and these gooey Oatmeal bars are just perfect for me to snack on. A little better than last nights leftover dessert, right ?

And it is Oatmeal after all, which is breakfast …

Chocolate Chip alternatives:

You can leave out the Chocolate Chips and replace them with Raisins or dried Cranberries, which is also delicious in these snacks.

I have to be honest, I would rather have either the Choc Chips or the Cranberries as neither myself or (especially!) my son are big fans of Raisins. Okay in some desserts and even savory dishes, but not in this kind of treat.

Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Bars

I bake the bars slightly longer than necessary as I like the extra bit of crunchiness it adds to the edges. And I am not talking 10 – 15 minutes here, only about 5 minutes at most.

The bars are ready when the color is golden and if you press slightly down it should feel a little springy. On baking the dough will rise to about twice the size, but will settle back to the original thickness on cooling.

You might also want to slice the baked piece into bars when you remove it from the oven dish, but do not try to move the pieces apart as it will only break. This needs to cool down completely before you can safely handle them by hand.

Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Bars

Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Bars

Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Bars

Yield: 18 Servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Mix-n-bake Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Bars ~ perfect for breakfast or a snack to add to the lunch box


  • 1 cup Butter
  • 1 TB Maple Syrup
  • 1 t Baking Soda, (Bicarbonate of Soda)
  • 1/2 t Allspice
  • 2 cups Oatmeal, (Quick Cooking or Instant)
  • 1 cup Flour
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Chocolate Chips


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180 deg C (350 deg F) – line a 20 x 30cm (9x 12 inch) oven dish with baking paper (let the edges hang over the dish for easier removal)
  2. Melt together the Butter and Maple Syrup in a large mixing bowl {microwavable} – stir in the Baking Soda and Allspice
  3. Add the Oatmeal, Flour and Sugar – stir until well combined – add in the Chocolate Chips
  4. Press tightly into the prepared oven dish and bake 18 – 20 minutes – remove from the oven and let cool in the dish for 10 minutes – remove by firmly holding the sides of the overhanging paper and transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely
  5. Slice into rectangles or squares
Nutrition Information
Yield 18
Amount Per Serving Calories 207.1Total Fat 11.8gSaturated Fat 7.2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4.6gCholesterol 27.5mgSodium 142.7mgCarbohydrates 24.8gFiber 1.1gSugar 14gProtein 1.9g

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Mix-n-bake Old-Fashioned gooey Oatmeal Bars ~ perfect snack to add to the lunch box

Judy M

Monday 24th of April 2023

These bars are a definite keeper. I added cranberries, almonds and currents and cut sugar in half. I baked for 25 minutes and they are crunchy and hold together perfectly. Used margarine instead of butter. Making another batch tomorrow with raisins and walnuts to “hide” in the freezer!

Linda Nortje

Monday 24th of April 2023

Sounds delicious, Judy ! I thought it was only me "hiding" treats in the freezer 😉


Sunday 2nd of April 2023

I just made this recipe. It looked very dry in the bowl and I was concerned it would be difficult to get it to stick together. I re read all the comments etc. I added a half a cup of dried cranberries and chopped walnuts instead of chocolate chips. The dough did not rise and it came out of the oven very dry. I did cut when I removed it from the oven as you suggested and it’s obvious something is wrong. I imagine the ingredients will have a nice flavour but the end result doesn’t look anything like the picture you provided.


Tuesday 21st of February 2023

I have made these at least four times and my husband and I really like them. We added walnuts and dried cranberries and some cinnamon to them . I bake them in a 7 by 11 inch baking dish or an 8 by 8 inc baking pan. Glad I found your recipe!

Linda Nortje

Wednesday 22nd of February 2023

I am glad you enjoy the Oatmeal bars, Pam ! Thank you for leaving a comment 😊


Sunday 10th of April 2022

These were delicious! In place of white sugar I substituted 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1/4 cup honey. I did finf them really buttery and will try to cut that down some. There will be a next time.

Linda Nortje

Sunday 10th of April 2022

Thank you for leaving a comment, Mindy - glad you liked the oatmeal bars !


Wednesday 17th of February 2021

These are delicious! I cut the sugar in half. I might try them with butterscotch chips next time! Thanks for the recipe!

Linda Nortje

Wednesday 17th of February 2021

Butterscotch chips sound like a delicious idea, Amanda !

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