Home > Breakfast > Soft-Baked Oatmeal Breakfast Bars Soft-Baked Oatmeal Breakfast Bars April 4, 2020 | 101 Comments SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Jump to Recipe This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy. These gluten-free Soft-Baked Oatmeal Breakfast Bars are ultra chewy and loaded with flavor. They’re packed with oats, nut butter, and dark chocolate and they’re made with better-for-you, wholesome ingredients — perfect for a grab-and-go breakfast on a busy morning. A delicious on-the-go breakfast We love Soft-Baked Oatmeal Breakfast Bars–they’re our favorite grab-and-go breakfast or snacks. They’ve got great ingredients, and are filling, tender, soft, and ultra chewy. These bars taste like a mash up of soft granola bars and a bowl of oatmeal; you’ll get wholesome-tasting, surprisingly-filling oat-filled bars. Thanks to the nut butter and plenty of oats, these bars have substantial protein and fiber, and that helps your body feel fuller for longer. How to make Soft-Baked Oatmeal Breakfast Bars These bars are one of the easiest recipes ever. They’re made in one bowl and can be whipped together in minutes. Combine all the ingredients (except the dark chocolate) in a large bowl and mix to combine. Coarsely chop the dark chocolate (we want some in every bite!) and add to the batter. Mix the batter and then transfer to a lined 8×8-inch pan. Bake until lightly browned at the edges and firm in the center. Soft-Baked Oatmeal Breakfast Bars ingredients Old fashioned oats: The oats make up the base of these bars and give them that soft chewiness. Make sure to use old fashioned oats — quick oats are too processed and will make the bars overly dry; steel cut oats won’t soften enough. Oat flour: No need to buy specialty flour. Oat flour can be made with quick or old fashioned oats; read more on this below. Cinnamon: This spice adds a really nice complementary flavor to the oats, but it’s completely optional. If you aren’t a cinnamon fan, leave it out! Salt: Salt helps balance all the flavors in these Soft-Baked Oatmeal Breakfast Bars. Peanut butter: Peanut butter contributes structure and stability (as well as protein) to these bars. Coconut oil: The coconut oil gives the bars a nice flavor and moistness. Honey: We sweeten these bars primarily with honey, and natural sweeteners are always a great choice. Light brown sugar: We’ve also got a little brown sugar in there; we found the bars needed a little more sweetness, and were too wet with 100% honey, so we added 1/3 cup. Vanilla extract: This ingredient contributes to a nice subtle flavor. Egg + egg yolk: The egg provides stability to the batter and adds flavor and protein to these bars. The egg yolk adds additional structure and flavor. Use the leftover egg whites in this egg wrap! Dark chocolate: Dark chocolate has antioxidants in it among other benefits. If you aren’t a fan of dark chocolate, you can use milk or semi-sweet chocolate, but it will make the bars a bit less healthy. Alternatively, chopped nuts can be added instead (or in addition). How to make oat “flour” If you have quick oats or old fashioned oats, you can have oat flour ready for these Soft-Baked Oatmeal Breakfast Bars in flash. Place the oats (old fashioned or quick oats) into the bowl of a food processor or a small blender jar. Pulse the oats until ground into a powder-like consistency that resembles regular flour. Stir the oats around if needed, to be sure all the oats are finely ground. Make sure to measure your oat flour after it’s been turned to flour. Soft-Baked Oatmeal Breakfast Bars tips Line the pan with parchment paper and leave an overhang for easy removal. Sticky batter like this will be nearly impossible to remove without the parchment paper. If you don’t have parchment paper, I recommend thoroughly greasing the pan. Make sure the bars are gluten free. If you are gluten intolerant, make sure to check all the individual products to be sure they are indeed gluten free. Pay particular attention to see that they are processed in a facility that doesn’t have gluten; this will be indicated on the label. While these bars are naturally gluten free, many products aren’t processed in a strictly gluten-free environment. Let the bars cool. You may be tempted to eat one straight out of the oven (and hey — you do you!), but these bars are crumbly and a bit gooey while hot. They thicken up a lot as they cool and become easier to cut and serve. Don’t over-bake. Remove the bars when they are slightly browned on the edges; the middle and top of the bars may look a bit wet or gooey, but as long as the bars don’t jiggle when slightly shaken in the pan, they’re done. If the bars are over-baked they won’t be very soft or chewy and will also lack in flavor. Storage Store Soft-Baked Oatmeal Breakfast Bars in an airtight container at room temperature, and are best enjoyed within 2-3 days of making. Feel free to warm individual bars for 5-10 seconds in the microwave if you like them warm. To freeze: Wrap individual bars tightly in plastic wrap and then place in an airtight freezer-safe container. Thaw individual bars at room temperature, and if desired, warm through for 5-10 seconds in the microwave. More healthy breakfast recipes Healthy Breakfast Cookies no baking required How to Make Oatmeal with four flavor variations Yogurt Bowl with eight flavor variations Peanut Butter Overnight Oats reader favorite Acai Bowl four delicious recipes FOLLOW ALONG! Subscribe to my newsletter and follow along on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram for the latest updates, recipes and content. Soft-Baked Oatmeal Breakfast Bars 4.56 from 18 votes - Review this recipe These gluten-free (See Note 1) Soft-Baked Oatmeal Breakfast Bars are ultra chewy and loaded with flavor. They’re packed with oats, nut butter, and dark chocolate, and are made with better-for-you, wholesome ingredients. They're perfect for a grab-and-go breakfast on a busy morning. SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Soft-Baked Oatmeal Breakfast Bars 4.56 from 18 votes - Review this recipe SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe These gluten-free (See Note 1) Soft-Baked Oatmeal Breakfast Bars are ultra chewy and loaded with flavor. They’re packed with oats, nut butter, and dark chocolate, and are made with better-for-you, wholesome ingredients. They're perfect for a grab-and-go breakfast on a busy morning. Course Breakfast, Snack Cuisine American Keyword Soft Baked Oatmeal Breakfast Bars Prep Time 20 minutes Cook Time 20 minutes Total Time 40 minutes Servings 12 bars Calories 211kcal Cost $5.64 Ingredients1 cup (93g) old fashioned oats1/3 cup (32g) oat flour (finely ground oats)1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt1/3 cup (80g) creamy peanut butter1/4 cup (48g) melted coconut oil1/4 cup (74g) honey1/3 cup (63g) light brown sugar, lightly packed1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract1 large full egg1 large egg yolk (save the whites for another recipe or discard them)1/2 cup (85g) dark chocolate chips, coarsely chopped InstructionsPREP: Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line an 8x8-inch baking pan with parchment paper, leaving an overhang (These will be nearly impossible to get out otherwise).OAT FLOUR: To make oat flour, place old fashioned or quick oats in a blender and pulse until they resemble flour. Measure after blending to make sure you have the right amount.BARS: Combine the all ingredients except the dark chocolate chips in a large bowl and stir until smooth and well combined. Coarsely chop the dark chocolate chips and add to the batter. Stir to combine. Transfer batter to prepared pan.BAKE: Bake for 23-26 minutes or until set at the edges (it will look slightly wet in the center, but as long as it doesn't jiggle it's done. The bars will firm up as they cool; be careful to not over bake).STORAGE: Store these bars in an airtight bag or container at room temperature. These bars are best enjoyed within 2-3 days of making. FREEZE: Wrap individual bars tightly in plastic wrap and place in an airtight freezer-safe container. Thaw bars at room temperature. Recipe NotesNote 1: These bars are naturally gluten free, but make sure all the products you use aren't processed in an environment with other gluten products. This will be indicated on the label. Nutrition FactsServing: 12bars | Calories: 211kcal | Carbohydrates: 25.1g | Protein: 4.1g | Fat: 10.8g | Cholesterol: 23.3mg | Sodium: 41.5mg | Fiber: 1.6g | Sugar: 16.6g We do our best to provide accurate nutritional analysis for our recipes. Our nutritional data is calculated using a third-party algorithm and may vary, based on individual cooking styles, measurements, and ingredient sizes. Please use this information for comparison purposes and consult a health professional for nutrition guidance as needed. DID YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE? I love hearing from you when you've made one of my recipes! Tag me on Instagram at @ChelseasMessyApron or leave me a comment below.