These Strawberry Granola Bars are a delicious snack when you're on the go or just need a quick pick-me-up. With a chewy texture and fruity flavor, these are sure to become your new favorite breakfast bars.
If you're looking for a new and exciting snack to take on-the-go, look no further than these homemade granola bars!
Why Make These
Our strawberry granola bars are soft and chewy and perfectly sized for breakfast or an afternoon snack.
Not only are these oatmeal bars easy to make, but they will satisfy your sweet cravings. The pan of snacks is made with just enough freeze dried strawberries to give it a delicious fruity flavor.
- Easy to Make - Skip the store bought oatmeal breakfast bars and make these granola bars in under 30 minutes.
- Soft and Chewy - They are a sweet cross between an oatmeal cookie and a baked granola bar.
- Snack Size - Enjoy them for breakfast, school lunches, after school snacks, or pre or post workout fuel.
- Loaded with Flavor - Freeze dried strawberries add a pop of fresh strawberry flavor without adding any extra moisture.
These baked strawberry granola bars can be made with a few simple ingredients. Here are some of the basic things you will need for this recipe.
- Quick Oats - These are the primary base. The small oats hold together better, but you can also use rolled oats.
- Flour - Helps to give the dough a thicker structure.
- Eggs - Binds the ingredients together.
- Butter - We like to use unsalted in our recipes because it gives a better control over the saltiness in a recipe.
- Brown Sugar - Adds some sweetness to the treats and helps with the moist chewy texture.
- Freeze Dried Strawberries - This gives the delicious strawberry flavor and color without adding extra moisture to the dough.
- White Chocolate Melts - Adds a pretty and delicious topping to the treats. It's totally optional, but I highly recommend it.
How to Make Granola Bars
The dough for these strawberry granola bars can be prepared in less than 10 minutes. Grab a bowl and let's get baking!
- Mix the wet ingredients. In a mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar until creamy. Add the eggs and strawberry and vanilla extract and mix again.
- Stir in the dry ingredients. In another bowl, stir together the flour, oats, and salt. Slowly add it to the creamed mixture. It will be very thick.
- Add the strawberries. Chop the freeze dried strawberries into small pieces. Set ¼ cup chopped strawberries aside. Stir the rest of the strawberry pieces gently into the batter.
- Bake and decorate. Press the dough evenly into the prepared pan and bake. Remove and let cool completely on a wire rack. Cut into 12 bars. Drizzle with melted white chocolate and add the reserved strawberry pieces.
On the Counter - Store the baked oatmeal squares in an airtight container at room temperature for 3-4 days.
In the Refrigerator - Wrap each one tightly in plastic wrap and keep in the refrigerator for 4-5 days.
In the Freezer - You can freeze these snacks in a ziplock bag for up to 3 months. How in the refrigerator overnight.
Tips and Tricks
- Line the pan with parchment paper, so you can easily remove the entire pan of oat bars before cutting.
- Experiment with different mix in flavors like chocolate chips, nuts, or freeze dried marshmallows.
- Love chocolate covered strawberry? Try adding ½ cup of mini chocolate chips to the dough before baking. Then drizzle dark chocolate on the tops instead of white chocolate for a chocolate covered strawberry granola bar.
- Want more crunch? Add toasted nuts to the dough for a crunchier texture. You can also toast the oats ahead of time for a nutty flavor.
- Do not over bake these bars, or they will become hard and crumbly.
No. Fresh strawberries will add too much liquid to the bars and they will not turn out. Freeze dried strawberries are real strawberries that have been dehydrated making them perfect for granola bars.
Yes. Feel free to use any freeze dried fruit that you like for your oatmeal bars. Have fun trying different fruit flavors like raspberry or blueberry.
I recommend using quick oats for this recipe. Rolled oats will give you a coarser, chewier texture. If you only have rolled oats you could break them down in a blender.
This is not necessary. For the best soft and chewy texture you do not need to toast the oats.
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*The post for strawberry granola bars was first published March 2013. It was updated and republished March 2023.