Fruity Oatmeal Bars Recipe

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Getting healthy in the new year is always a focus in our family. But saving time and money are too … that's why we created this Fruity Oatmeal Bars recipe! The kids are gonna love this yummy quick breakfast recipe and you're gonna love how easy and affordable it is to make. These fresh baked oatmeal bars are filled with delicious Dole Frozen Fruits that your family can grab on the go to start their day off right!

Fruity Oatmeal Bars Recipe made with Dole Sunshine Frozen Fruit

If you're a busy family like us, then you know the breakfast struggle is real. The kids are rushing out the door and no one seems to get up early enough to grab breakfast. The first day of school after the holiday break, we all got up at 6:00 AM. School starts at 8:20 AM. Were we on time? That's a real funny joke, pal …

It seems no matter how early we get up, there's not enough time for a full home-cooked breakfast. Growing up, we always had breakfast. It might have been cereal, but we ate. I remember kids at school telling me they never ate breakfast … I don't know how they got through the day! So with my family, I definitely want them to have a good, solid breakfast each day. Cereal just isn't gonna cut it but making a from-scratch country style breakfast spread isn't gonna happen either. I mean, let's just be honest. I know that somewhere in the middle is a healthy, home-cooked breakfast option that is affordable, convenient, and fast.

That's why I love to prep ahead for breakfast-time. We like to make baked egg casseroles on Sunday that we can then eat all week long for breakfast, like this sausage breakfast bake my husband makes. He just made a version of this with more fresh veggies, no cheese, and sweet potatoes instead of hashbrown potatoes. It was so yummy!

Fruity Oatmeal Bars Recipe made with Dole Sunshine Frozen Fruit

Breakfast casseroles are super easy to make but my daughter just started a vegetarian diet on January 1 so sausage and eggs won't work for breakfast for everyone in the family. I was looking for an easy breakfast solution that hit all the marks:

  • homemade
  • easy to make or meal-prep ahead
  • vegetarian friendly
  • cleaner version of foods the kids love
  • could be eaten at home or on the go

While we're being honest, how many times have your kids eaten breakfast in the car on the way to school? I'm not gonna hang my head in shame because they are still eating a yummy home-cooked breakfast. You gotta take the wins where you can …

Fruity Oatmeal Bars Recipe made with Dole Sunshine Frozen Fruit

Not only is a healthy breakfast a challenge, but trying to make sure there are enough snacks for lunches, after school, and all those sports practices, it can wear ya out. I'm just not into buying a ton of packaged granola bars or chips. And when you're trying to start the year off right, those aren't what most people consider “good” choices. When I asked the kids what they really love to snack on, they both said fruit and snack bars. Well, that's an easy fix!

Fruity Oatmeal Bars Recipe made with Dole Sunshine Frozen Fruit

These Fruity Oatmeal Bars are perfect for breakfast, lunches, and after workout snacks. Plus, at about 220 calories and 2g of fiber each, you can feel good about digging into these bars with the family any time of day. These bars are quick to make because I used Dole Frozen Fruit to make them. Save time on cutting up fruit plus you can feel good about serving quality non-GMO Dole fruits to the family. You don't even have to defrost the fruit to make this recipe! Yup, it's the same fruit you're probably using to make smoothies. With the cold weather, doesn't a warm oatmeal bar sound so much cozier than a cold smoothie?

Fruity Oatmeal Bars Recipe made with Dole Sunshine Frozen Fruit

Check out the Fruity Oatmeal Bars recipe below to make these bars that you can feel good about serving and that taste delish.

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Fruity Oatmeal Bars Recipe

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These fruity oatmeal bars make a great breakfast or snack.

  • Author: Jennifer Priest
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 40 mins
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 12 bars 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

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  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup of rolled oats
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup butter or ghee
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 7 oz. Dole Strawberries, Peaches & Bananas Frozen Fruit (14 oz. bag)

Instructions

  1. Combine flour, oats, brown sugar, and baking soda in a mixing bowl.
  2. Cut up the butter into small pieces and mix together with the dry mixture using your hands or a pastry cutter.
  3. Scoop out 1/2 cup of the mixture and set aside.
  4. Mix in 1 tsp of vanilla extract.
  5. Press the rest of the mixture in the bottom of a 9×9 pan.
  6. Even spread 7 oz of Dole Strawberries, Peaches & Bananas Frozen Fruit across the top of the mixture.
  7. Crumble the 1/2 cup of the mixture over top of the frozen fruit and press down.
  8. Bake at 350ºF for 35-40 minutes, until the top is golden and the fruit looks drier.
  9. Cool in the pan. Slice into 12 even bar shaped pieces.
  10. Store in the refrigerator in bags or wrapped in wax paper for freshness.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 bar
  • Calories: 395
  • Sugar: 18.3g
  • Sodium: 259.9mg
  • Fat: 14.9g
  • Carbohydrates: 58.6g
  • Protein: 7.7g
  • Cholesterol: 26.5mg

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Fruity Oatmeal Bars Recipe made with Dole Sunshine Frozen Fruit

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Check out this video to see how to make these bars from start to finish.

And yes, I used two different baking dishes because I made two sets of bars!

Fruity Oatmeal Bars Recipe made with Dole Sunshine Frozen Fruit

You can easily substitute any other Dole Frozen Fruit for the Dole Strawberries, Peaches & Bananas Frozen Fruit to get a different flavor. I can't wait to try the Dole Mango Frozen Fruit with this recipe … I think adding a touch of cinnamon to the recipe would be super yummy with the mangoes! You can also warm up the bars and serve with a small scoop of vanilla frozen yogurt for a delish, lower calorie dessert.

Fruity Oatmeal Bars Recipe made with Dole Sunshine Frozen Fruit

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Jennifer Priest is a 20+ year designer in the arts & crafts industry and home DIYer with a passion for creativity. An Army veteran raised on a ranch, from her experience, she shares smart DIY projects that save money and fun craft ideas that anyone can make. Besides blogging, Jennifer is a Master Practitioner and Trainer of NLP, Hypnosis, and MER, and coaches other online entrepreneurs on money mindset, business, and living an intentional life. When not blogging, Jennifer is having adventures in the wilderness, on road trips, playing with her cats, and making paleo food.

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2 Comments

  1. These look so good! Do you think It would work with frozen cherries? Also, could I use refined coconut oil work instead of butter/ghee?

    1. You may have to adjust the amounts because the cherries might have different water content but that sounds yummy. You can probably replace the fat but I’m not sure if the conversion is 1:1.

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