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Whole Grain Strawberry Breakfast Bars

posted by Allison Mattina on January 20, 2015

Whole Grain Strawberry Breakfast Bars – A simple recipe for whole grain breakfast bars made with oats and almonds, and filled with strawberries.

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Whole grain oat bars filled with strawberries and topped with an almond crumble


Hello, everyone! This is Allison from Celebrating Sweets.  I’m here with a tasty treat to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Although the start of the new year has many of us eating healthier, I still believe that sweets can be enjoyed in moderation. If your holiday season was extra indulgent (mine was!), these breakfast bars are a great way to enjoy something delicious that you don’t have to feel too guilty about.

These bars are made by combining a mixture of oats, flour, almonds, brown sugar, and butter. This mixture is used as both the crust and the crumbly topping. A small amount of the mixture gets set aside while the remaining amount gets pressed into a pan. That gets topped with strawberry jam and fresh strawberries, then sprinkled with the reserved oat mixture. These babies get baked until golden brown, then they cool, and then get cut into bars (sneak a bite while they are still warm, I won’t tell). 😉



Whole Grain Strawberry Breakfast Bars ~ Delicious & Easy whole grain oat bars filled with strawberries and topped with an almond crumble! Perfect for Breakfast or a Sweet Treat!

These are so, so delicious. My husband, 3 year old son, and I love them. In fact, I have made this recipe twice recently – we just can’t get enough! Feel free to swap out the strawberries for a different kind of berry, or substitute another nut for the almonds. And in the event that you don’t eat them all (highly unlikely), these freeze really well. Although I call these “breakfast bars,” they are fabulous any time of day. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

Whole grain oat bars filled with strawberries and topped with an almond crumble

Whole Grain Strawberry Breakfast Bars

Whole Grain Strawberry Breakfast Bars ~ Delicious & Easy whole grain oat bars filled with strawberries and topped with an almond crumble! Perfect for Breakfast or a Sweet Treat!


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour (all purpose flour can be substituted)
  • 1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup strawberry jam
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced strawberries


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9x9 pan with foil, grease the foil. Set aside.
  2. With a hand mixer or stand mixer, beat butter and brown sugar for several minutes, until creamy.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine almonds, flour, oats, baking soda and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and beat on low speed until blended and crumbly. Remove 1 1/4 cups of the mixture and set it aside.
  4. Dump the remaining mixture into the prepared 9x9 pan. Use the bottom of a measuring cup to evenly press the mixture into the pan. Spread the strawberry jam over the crust, then top with sliced strawberries. Sprinkle the reserved oat mixture over the top.
  5. Bake for approximately 20-25 minutes, until the top is light golden brown and the jam is bubbling around the edges. Cool completely before cutting into bars.


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per ServingAs Served
Calories 3592kcal Calories from fat 1154
% Daily Value
Total Fat 128g197%
Saturated Fat 62g310%
Transfat 4g
Cholesterol 244mg81%
Sodium 1688mg70%
Carbohydrate 587g196%
Dietary Fiber 41g164%
Sugars 302g
Protein 53g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Total FatLess than65g
Sat FatLess than25g
CholesterolLess than300mg
SodiumLess than2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate300g
Dietary Fiber25g

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  • Danielle | Krafted Koch

    These look spectacular!

  • Jocelyn+(Grandbaby+cakes)

    I would love one of these for breakfast!

  • Graham @ Glazed & Confused

    So good!

  • Medha+@+Whisk+&+Shout

    Yum! Love how these remind me of nutrigrain bars but BETTER 🙂

  • Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor

    Allison and Julie, these look great! I am a huge fan of strawberries and would love one of these bars as an afternoon snack!

  • heather+@french+press

    heading to the kitchen now to make these!

  • Jess @ whatjessicabakednext

    Wow! These bars look so good and very delicious, Julie! They would 100% make the best breakfast to wake up to! 😀

  • Honey, What's Cooking?

    Looks so delicious. I love breakfast bars. Yes, it’s totally okay to indulge around holiday time, this would be a great treat for breakfast Valentine’s weekend. 🙂

  • Anne

    I made these tonight, and they are delicious! I can’t wait to try making them with other berries. Can you tell me about how many calories are in one bar?

    • Julie Evink

      Glad to hear it Anne! I have not calculated the nutritional information on this recipe but there are lots of great options out there on the internet to help you do this!

  • KThomason

    Could you use strawberry preserves instead of the jam and fresh strawberries?

    • Allison Mattina

      Yes, that should work just fine. I would suggest using a heaping cup of preserves. You could try adding more than that, but if the filling is too runny the bars might not set up. Good luck!

  • Shannon


    Have you ever made these without the jam and just used only fruit (so 1.5 cups strawberries total)?

    • Julie Evink

      Hi! I have never made them without the jam. The jam helps thicken and sweeten the filling, so I’d say it’s necessary.

  • Lauren Boruff

    Hello! I’m going to make these tomorrow and wanted to take them on a trip with me. Do these need to be stored in the fridge? Or is room temp fine? Thanks! 🙂

    • Allison Mattina

      Hi Lauren. You can keep them at room temp as long as it’s not too warm. Enjoy!

  • Blossom

    We make these all the time and freeze them. I found that the dough seems to work better if you add 1-3 Tablespoons of applesauce. I add it after the dry ingredients. I like to make these in a jellyroll pan. Oh and I have tried several different strawberry jams to see which one we like better. Welch’s natural strawberry spread is our favorite for this recipe, hands down. My husband takes these strawberry bars for breakfasts when he wakes up late. We plastic wrap them and freeze them. Each batch makes 12 2″x4″ bars. We have made this recipe over 15 times! Thanks Julie for posting this recipe!

    • Blossom

      Thanks Allison too!

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