Maple and Brown Sugar Oatmeal Bars

Oatmeal bars
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Maple and brown sugar has always been my favorite instant oatmeal flavor. That said, as with most already prepared items, the taste and quality will always be better when you make it yourself. I’m sure there isn’t real maple syrup and probably a whole bunch of preservatives in those packages. These oatmeal bars are nutritious but also really delicious – jam packed with fiber and whole grains to help you start your day out on the right foot. Plus because they’re in bar form, they make it much easier to take your oatmeal with you when you’re on the go.

If you have any special dietary restrictions, these bars can be easily customized. I had already taken out the chopped nuts since I can’t eat those (but feel free to add in ½ cup of walnuts or pecans), but you can also sub oat flower for the whole wheat flour if you’re gluten free. Dairy free? Sub liquefied coconut oil for the butter.

The other good thing about these oatmeal bars is that they freeze well and will keep for 6 months. Just individually wrap them in plastic wrap and put them in a resealable freezer bag. That way you can make a batch or two and have grab and go breakfasts or snacks ready for you in the freezer whenever you need it. Enjoy!

Maple and Brown Sugar Oatmeal Bars

Adapted from Bowl of Delicious

Ingredients:

  • For the bars:
    • 1 egg
    • 1 ½ cups milk
    • ¼ cup packed dark brown sugar
    • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
    • Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 4 tablespoons melted salted butter
    • 1 cup whole wheat flour
    • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • For the streusel topping:
    • 1 tablespoon melted salted butter
    • 2 tablespoons old fashioned oats
    • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
    • 2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
    • ½ teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° Fahrenheit. Line an 8” x 8” baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together the egg, milk, dark brown sugar, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla extract, baking soda and melted butter. Mixture will be very liquidy so use the lowest speed.
  3. Add in the flour and mix until combined, then add in the oats until everything is blended. Pour into the prepared baking pan.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together all the ingredients for the streusel then sprinkle evenly on top of the bars.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the bars are set and the edges are starting to brown.
  6. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes; remove from the pan using the parchment paper overhangs to help lift it out. Cut into bars (I cut mine into 12).
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