These flaky and sweet vegan oatmeal bars with strawberry jam are juicy in the middle and crispy on top, making for a delicious on-the-go snack or breakfast.
I’m not much of a fruity dessert girl, but when these vegan oatmeal bars have gooey jam in the center, I’m all in! I have a few fruity dessert recipes on my blog, including this delicious vegan strawberry shortcake recipe and this raw fruit pizza. However, these vegan jam bars are definitely my favorite of them all. They are gooey and sweet on the inside and crumbly and oat-y on the outside. I’d even go so far as to say that you can eat these for breakfast or a snack if you want!
❤️ Why you’ll love this recipe!
- I’m pretty sure I served these vegan oatmeal bars for the love of them. They are universally delicious!
- they are Only 10 basic pantry-staple ingredients are needed, many of which are probably already in your pantry. This means you can make them right now!
- you can Use whatever jam or jelly you have on hand. From strawberries to guava to homemade berry compote, these bars will taste amazing!
- This is the time Great for anyone with allergies Since the recipe is already egg and dairy-free. You can even make these bars gluten-free by using an all-purpose gluten-free flour!
- Quick Cook Oats – Quick oats break down into smaller pieces than rolled oats, so they make the perfect whole grain “dough” for this bar. Do not use rolled oats!
- Spelled flour – I personally like to use spelled flour when baking. Spelled flour is a type of whole wheat flour made from whole grains of wheat. See below for substitutions if you don’t have spelled flour on hand.
- coconut oil – Instead of butter, we’ll use coconut oil to bind everything together. Like butter, coconut oil melts when heated and solidifies when cooled. This is the perfect fat for the bar!
- Maple syrup – A touch of maple syrup is added to the dough of these bars. You don’t need too much as the jam filling will add a lot of sweetness.
- Shredded coconut – You need some shredded coconut for some added texture to the crumb topping. The coconut adds a nice chewy texture and the whites add a little pop.
- Jam – Of course we’re filling these bars with jam! I originally wrote this recipe to use strawberry jam, but I make these bars with whatever jam I have on hand. Be creative or even fill a date or chocolate!
See recipe card for full list of ingredients and quantities.
🔀 Variations and substitutions
🔀 Spelled flour – I usually make these vegan oatmeal bars with spelled flour, but all-purpose flour and whole wheat flour work great too! I’m sure all-purpose gluten-free flour would work too, but I just recommend chilling the bars in the fridge before cutting them so the coconut oil has time to chill and help hold the bars together.
🔀 Maple syrup – Any liquid sweetener should work in these bars. If you’re not vegan, agave, brown rice syrup, or even honey are all great alternatives.
🔀 coconut oil – I haven’t tried it, but I believe vegan butter would work in place of coconut oil. The bars may not be as crispy when you use coconut oil.
🔀 Shredded coconut – If you prefer almonds to coconut, you can swap the coconut with finely chopped almonds.
🔀 Strawberry jam – These bars can really be filled with whatever flavor jam is your favorite! Strawberry jam is always a winner, but I’ve made these bars with guava, pineapple and mango jams, etc. For a low sugar alternative I use my Instant Pot Berry Compote. Yum!
🥣 How to Make Strawberry Jam Oatmeal Bars
Step 3: Next add the coconut oil along with the maple syrup and vanilla extract to the dry mixture and stir until a moist dough forms. Set aside about ¾ cup of the oat mixture for the topping.
Step 4: Add the shredded coconut to the reserved ¾ cup flour and mix well to combine.
Step 4: Press the remaining mixture into the bottom of your prepared baking pan. Spread the jam over the top to within ½ inch of the edges.
Step 5: Add shredded coconut to the reserved oat topping and then sprinkle over the jam. Press the pieces together so that they adhere to the jelly.
Step 6: Bake the bars for about 25 minutes or until the edges are golden brown. Let them cool completely in the pan before removing them from the pan using parchment paper and cutting them into squares.
If you have any leftovers, you can store them in an airtight container on the counter for a few days. Alternatively, you can store them in an airtight container in the fridge for 1-2 weeks…if they last that long!
- Be sure to press the base of these bars well to help hold them together after baking. I like to use a flat bottomed glass so it can be pressed very well.
- Additionally, press the slices into the jam so that everything sticks together.
- You can even mix jelly and jam when it comes to these vegan oatmeal bars! The last time I made them I used a combination of guava jelly that I had out of the fridge and some pineapple and mango jelly. It was delicious.
- Allow the bars to cool completely before cutting so the coconut oil can solidify and hold the base of the bars together.
❓ Recipe FAQs
Yes. Naturally, oatmeal is gluten-free. However, cross-contamination can occur in facilities and fields that produce wheat, which can be a problem for people with gluten allergies. To make sure your oatmeal is gluten-free, buy oatmeal with a “gluten-free” label on the packaging.
It depends on the ingredients used in the oatmeal bars. If oatmeal bars are made entirely with gluten-free oats, then yes, they are gluten-free. However, today’s recipe is made with a mixture of quick oats and spelled flour. To make these bars gluten-free, swap spelled flour for all-purpose gluten-free baking flour.
To make gluten-free oatmeal bars, use all gluten-free oats and oat flour or a combination of oats and gluten-free flour, such as gluten-free all-purpose flour, coconut flour, and almond flour. You need a good binding agent to hold everything together, like eggs, coconut oil, hemp seeds, and maybe even xantham gum.
Yes! Oatmeal bars are a great breakfast or snack for meal prep and freezing later. Cool completely before wrapping the bars individually in plastic wrap and storing in a freezer-safe zip-lock bag for 2-3 months. Let them thaw overnight in the refrigerator before enjoying.
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Vegan Strawberry Jam Oatmeal Bars
These rich and sweet vegan strawberry jam oatmeal bars are juicy in the middle and crunchy on top, making a delicious on-the-go snack or breakfast.
Preheat your oven 350 °Fa And grease an 8×8 baking dish and set it aside.
In a large bowl, quickly stir together the oats, flour, baking powder and salt.
Add the melted coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla extract and stir until combined. Reserve ¾ cup of this mixture for the topping.
Press the remaining mixture into the bottom of your prepared baking pan. Spread the jam over the top to within ½ inch of the edges.
Add the shredded coconut to the reserved topping and then sprinkle over the jam. Press the pieces together so that they adhere to the jelly.
Bake for about 25 minutes or until the edges are golden brown. Cool the pan on a wire rack.
Cut into 16 squares and enjoy!
– If you have any leftovers, you can store them in an airtight container on the counter for a few days. Alternatively, you can store them in an airtight container in the fridge for 1-2 weeks…if they last that long!
Worship: 1timesCalories: 208kcalSugars: 28gProtein: 2gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fats: 0.3gMonounsaturated fats: 1gSodium: 60mgPotassium: 53mgFiber: 2gSugar: 12gVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 20mgIron: 1mg