I love a quick breakfast. I think you will agree with me on that one! I love to cook, but when it’s breakfast time I need something I can make in less than 15 minutes or just a grab and go breakfast item. Usually for breakfast I crave scrambled eggs or oatmeal with fruit. All super easy to make, healthy, and Weight Watcher friendly! When the seasons change and it starts to get a little cool, I really crave oatmeal. My Strawberry Breakfast Oatmeal Bars are the perfect breakfast option when you are craving oatmeal and fresh fruit. Layers of delicious oatmeal and fresh strawberries baked and cut into bars are a great for a grab and go breakfast. Kid friendly, packed with tons of flavor, and healthy! This is a Weight Watcher friendly recipe and each bar is 7 SmartPoints.
I’m not the biggest breakfast eater and don’t usually crave sugar in the morning, so you won’t be seeing a ton of breakfast recipes from me. I’m usually not hungry until about 10am each day. On the weekends I’ll make breakfast tacos or fried eggs, but during the week I usually eat some fruit or oatmeal in a mug. When I get hungry during the week, I’m working so it’s impossible to make a traditional breakfast!
A while back I was trying to think of different ways to make oatmeal instead of my go to “oatmeal in a mug” breakfast. Then it dawned on me… breakfast bars! Perfect for a quick breakfast that you can grab and go. I love grab and go meals for breakfast and lunch during the week. Something you can pre-make to take to work is my idea of practical! What I love about breakfast bars is they can be made on Sunday (during my routine weekly meal prep) and can stay fresh through the work week. Fresh strawberries sandwiched between two layers of delicious cinnamon spiced oatmeal with a drizzle of frosting on top…. Best breakfast ever!
These breakfast bars are easy to make and healthy. The bars are packed with delicious cinnamon flavor but not overly sweet. Instead of tons of butter, I used light butter mixed with Greek yogurt. Greek yogurt has the same consistency of butter without all the fat and calories. The dough for these bars is a mix of quick rolled oats, wheat flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, plus light butter and Greek yogurt. When mixing the batter, it will take on the form of a crumble like consistency. This is what happens when you mix flour with cold butter. Don’t worry… you want a crumbly dough!
The first layer of the oatmeal bars is half of the dough mixture. Even though the dough is crumble like, once you press the dough into the bottom of the casserole dish, the layer turns into a nice sturdy crust for the bars when it bakes.
The second layer is fresh strawberries mixed with cornstarch, sugar, and lemon juice. The combination of these ingredients makes the strawberries turn into a jam like consistency while they bake… delicious!!
The next layer is the remainder of the dough mixture. For this, I like to sprinkle the dough on top of the strawberries. No need to press the dough into the strawberry layer. When the oatmeal bars bake in the oven, this layer is magic and stays in a crumble like form, which is the perfect top layer to these bars. After the bars are done baking, drizzle the top with frosting. The frosting takes the bars up a notch and adds a nice sweetness… which is where the kid friendly part of this comes in!
Strawberry Breakfast Oatmeal Bars are the perfect option for a grab & go breakfast. Layers of delicious cinnamon spiced oatmeal and fresh strawberries bake, cut into bars and topped with frosting. Kid friendly, packed with tons of flavor, and healthy! These bars can be made ahead of time and will stay fresh for up to 5 days. Great for a busy week!
I hope you enjoy these bites of flavor!
For Strawberry Breakfast Oatmeal Bars, here are my “go-to” kitchen essentials: