As any parent of young children will attest to, it’s hard getting out the door in the morning. As much as I try to make sure that I have prepared school lunch the night before, laid out the kids’ clothes, packed bags and so on, breakfast can all too often become an afterthought. At least once every two weeks I make a batch of these Oatmeal-On-The-Go Bars so I always have them on hand. They’re a simple-to-make. healthy morning treat that can be served at the breakfast table or even in to-go containers. Packed with oats, dried fruits and nuts and moist from the apple sauce they make a balanced morning meal that there is always time for!

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I eat oatmeal EVERY day. I’m actually eating a bowl of it right now as I write this post — no joke. Oatmeal is one of my favorite foods, not only because it’s heart healthy and nutritious, but also because it’s nutritious, filling and beyond easy to make — which is perfect for moms that are constantly on-the-go. But I’m not the only one in our house who loves oatmeal. At breakfast, Kenya asks for oatmeal as often as he asks for pancakes, omelets and waffles.

I wanted to come up with a recipe using oatmeal that would be perfect for those days that you’re racing out the door and don’t have time to cook (I think that’s most mornings for many of us). I liked the idea of doing breakfast bars since almost every mom I know always has a LARA, Clif, or Odwala bar in their bag for themselves alongside their wallets, diapers, wipes, and sippy cups.

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These bars are different from the brands I just mentioned — they are essentially oatmeal in bar form, but they are equally delicious. Just prepare a batch and keep them in the fridge for several days. All you have to do as you’re heading out for the day is grab a few bars for you and your kids and you’re set.

For all of you “on-the-go” moms, this bar’s for you.

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Oatmeal On-The-Go Bars

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Author: Catherine McCord
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups milk (any kind of milk will work)
  • 3 tablespoons agave or honey
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup dried fruit (cranberries, raisins, blueberries, and/or cherries)
  • 1/2 cup nuts (walnuts, sunflower seeds, and/or pepitas)


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Place the first 5 dry ingredients in a bowl and stir to combine.
  • Mix the milk, applesauce, egg, agave, and vanilla in a separate bowl.
  • Pour the dry ingredients into the wet mixture, stir to combine and then stir in the dried fruits and nuts.
  • Pour the oatmeal mixture into a buttered or greased 7 x 11 inch baking dish.
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until thickened and golden.
  • Cool, cut into squares and serve.
  • *Allow to cool, cut into squares and place in a ziploc bag to freeze up to 4 months. When ready, allow to defrost in fridge for 24-48 hours.
  • *Refrigerating the bars will make them last up to 5 days.


Calories: 160kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 4g | Sodium: 55mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g
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About the Author

Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Hereโ€™s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.


  1. Is there any substitute for the oven? We donโ€™t have one. Can we harden the bars in the fridge instead?

  2. I have a very picky eater, and I add just a few mini chocolate chips to this to entice him. Works well!

  3. I am a big fan of your recipies. I need some help and would like to know if you can provide me with some nutritious options for kids with allergies. My 3 year old cannot eat wheat, corn,soy,legumes,nuts, lentils, dairy,eggs, and we are vegetarian. With so much restrictions I don’t have much options and really want my son to enjoy as he loves trying new food and is an awesome eater. Also if there is any book with such recipes that you recommend I would love to get it so please refer. Thanks a ton and happy cooking.

  4. That’s what this whole site is all about! Check out all the recipes. The biggest thing is to just keep exposing kids to foods. It can take 10 times of kids being offered a new food before they will even taste it… and then another 10 times of trying that food before they begin to enjoy it. It is a really tough job, but so worth it if you keep at it! Also, offer favorite foods along with the new foods so they aren’t overwhelmed by new things.

  5. Do you have any tips on dealing with a very picky eater. My three year old will not eat anything new or the color green ;(.

  6. I thought these were delicious right out of the oven, but after I refrigerated them. They were kind of gummy….

  7. That sounds delicious! I think I’ll try that. Thanks for the idea. ๐Ÿ™‚ I would think using a slightly larger pan (so that they’re not as deep) could help. Let us know what you find works for you. Yum!!!

  8. I’ve been making these for a while and love them. Recently I tried almond meal from TJ’s instead of the wheat flour. Both times it took a lot longer to cook all the way through. Any suggestions? Should I use a bigger pan, higher temp or less liquid? I love them both ways…just thought I’d try something different.

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  12. I’m baking this recipe as I type. I did find that this amount of ingredients fits better into a 9″x9″ pan.

  13. Excited to try these! Was wondering if you’ve experimented with steel cut oats and if that would or wouldn’t work. Thanks!

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  15. I love these! Just made them with walnuts, dried apricots & raisins, they came out so good!!

  16. I have made these a couple of times and they were very good! My 19 year old even enjoyed them and he can be picky sometimes about “healthy” stuff!

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  18. You can replace one egg with one small mashed banana or 1 tablespoon of ground flax mixed with 3 tablespoons of water and let it sit for two minutes before using!

  19. Hi! My baby is allergic to egg how can i substitute the egg when baking? or cooking in general?

  20. Made these for 14 month old. I ground the nuts and seeds in the food pro to a consistency that she is able to digest and used softer dried fruits like blueberries and cherries. They are bland for my taste, but my daughter can’t stop eating them. My mom suggested putting whip cream on top. ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. yes…BLAND. loved the texture though. next time more salt and more honey or maple syrup or ANYTHING.

  22. Made these today and they are a little bland for my taste. I would definitely add a little more salt and more sweetener. 3 tbsp of honey wasn’t quite enough

  23. Finally made these. Delicious! 4 year old, 3 year old, and 1 year old all loved them! Personally I’d like them to be a little sweeter so I’ll add a little brown sugar next batch. I chopped up the pecans (could do the same with the dried fruit) so my 1 year old could eat them. She had no problem. And the chopped nuts gave it a nice crunch. I used my 8×8 pan to make them and just cooked them an extra 5 minutes. Will be making these on a regular basis now. Thanks Cathrine for another delicious easy recipe!

  24. I just made these tonight – dried cherries, no nuts (both girls are in nut free classrooms). Delicious. Next time I am making them in muffin form though.

  25. We made them this afternoon and they were a huge hit, even with my 7 year old picky eater.

    We used honey instead of Agave and topped it (prior to cooking) with some of our homemade Peach and Nectarine Jam. The Jam wasn’t necessary but it added a nice little layer.

    We will be making more to freeze and include in lunh boxes for school.

  26. Great recipe, thank you! I love to eat oatmeal for breakfast every morning, but as you said I don’t always have time. I am keeping these refrigerated but I found that heating it for a short time (20 seconds in the microwave, I’m sure the toaster oven would work fine as well) makes them softer and a little more oatmeal-y. Next time I plan to add nutmeg and all-spice. I used honey in place of agave, plus I added a little extra brown sugar, because I like my oatmeal a little sweeter. I cut up sunflower seeds and dried cranberries so my 14 month old could eat them, and I can’t wait to let her try one this afternoon! Thanks for a great recipe.

  27. Has anyone tried these without the baking soda or have a similar recipe without that ingredient? Just asking because I know the baking soda destroys some of the whole grain vitamins and for a breakfast bar I want all the nutrients possible….

  28. OMG these are just so wonderful yumm I cooked them tonight while my baby is asleep and I’m just dying for her to try them!! I’ll give it to her tomorrow and I’m sure she’ll love them too! You make such wonderful recipes and I can’t thank you enough I’m a huge fan of them!!

  29. Do you know how to make rainbow candy melts peanut butter cups you don’t need to die the candy melts they have all the colors candy melts
    First melt all the colors candy melt red orange yellow green blue and purple then put 1 drop just a drop of the red candy melts then 1 drop of the orange candy melt. Then a drop of the yellow candy melt then a drop of the green candy melt then a drop of blue candy melt then a drop of purple candy melts then frees then make the peanut butter filling the take the the candy melts out put the filling in then put More of the candy melt don’t layer the candy melt put next to each candy melt like the orange candy melt will go next to the red candy melt then frees it done!

  30. You just buy all the colors of the rainbow candy melts then make the peanut butter filling then add more of rainbow candy melts

  31. Freezer tip I learned from the Meal Makeover Moms… if you have time to put things in the freezer for an hour not touching, you can then let them bunch up in the bag in the freezer without them getting stuck together. I use this tip with muffins, pancakes, waffles and granola bars all the time. So much more eco-friendly than individually wrapping them for the freezer. I’ll make these instead of the “Mom’s” recipe next time. With their bars, I pull them out of the freezer and they are ready for me to eat immediately, and softened up for my kids within about 10. They don’t have flour though, so that may make a difference. Thank you Catherine for ANOTHER great recipe!

  32. Yes! Honey and agave are fully interchangeable! Use the same amount of honey as the agave called for in the recipe (this applies to any recipe using honey or agave)! ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. I used almond milk for the milk plus I was out of eggs so I used 1/2 ripe mashed banana. My girls couldn’t get enough!

  34. Just made these this morning. They were super easy for me and my 2 1/2 year to make together. Something so quick, easy and healthy is great to have being 8 months pregnant and having a toddler. My husband wasn’t big on them, but I think next time I’ll drizzle his with a little maple syrup. My son and I liked them though. We omitted the nuts and added rehydrated cranberries and blueberries. The extra kick of sweetness from the fruit is a nice breakfast treat!

  35. Could you make them plain w/o the nuts and fruit? Would you have to alter any of the other ingredients? Please help:-)

  36. These would be perfect for those first couple months post-partum too! You know, when all you have time for is to walk through the kitchen real fast and grab something to put in your face. Ha ha. (This will keep it from being cake or some kind of cereal bar w/ingredients I can’t pronounce.) ๐Ÿ˜€

  37. These look delish! My nursing babe is allergic to dairy, so I’ll have to try it using vanilla rice milk. Hope they turn out ok w/ the substitute! Anyone try it w/ water?

  38. Just wondering if anyone has used tofu or something else as an egg substitute? My nephew could likely eat these if it weren’t for the egg… Any thoughts?

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  41. This looks like an amazing recipe! Do you have any thoughts about using pureed plums instead of apple sauce?

  42. Does the pan size make a big differince? I don’t have a 7 by 11 so I used one of my 9 by 13 pans.

  43. I am making these this weekend…made your blueberry oat scones last weekend. As always, they were a hit, so I’m sure these will be too! Thanks, Catherine ๐Ÿ˜€

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  45. Just wanted to say that I tried this when my son was 2.5 and he would not eat them. He just turned 3 and he is obsessed with making and eating them!! Thank you…he will not eat oatmeal any other way and I love how easy it is to feed him breakfast or snack. (And his pregnant Mommy loves them, too!)

  46. I was wondering if anyone has tried fresh sour cherries in something like this. If you have, what liquid should I reduce? Applesauce?


  47. Thanks for this recipe! My 5 year old has a severe tree nut and sunflower seeds/oil allergy, and this recipe has been a blessing. It’s extremely difficult to find granola bars that are okay for her to eat, healthy, and that she likes. I usually make the recipe with dried cherries and a few chocolate chips, in place of the nuts. This recipe has become a staple in our house. The best thing? Not only does she love them, but my husband, my other 2 kids, and I love them as well. She doesn’t have to feel that, once again, she has to have something different than the rest of her family. Thanks!!!

  48. I’ve never used agave is this a sugar substitute? So if I wanted to simply use sugar how do I convert the amount?

  49. My son loves the Earth Best breakfast bars, but they’re SO expensive, so I’ve come to Weelicious to find a breakfast bar recipe. This recipe looks yummy, but my son is 16 months old, so I don’t want to add the nuts or dried fruit (dried fruit would be ok if I finely chop it up). Do you have any substitute recommendations to make this more baby/early toddler friendly? Is there a better recipe suited for me that I didn’t see?

    Thanks in advance!

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  51. Thanks for the GF substitution. I keep my 9 month old GF and I am GF too. Never hurts to have everyone GF. Anyhow, I was wondering what a good sub for the WW flour would be. I will give it a try.

  52. I made these with GF oats, substituted the flour with 1/2 cup GF Oat flour and 1/2 cup Almond flour. I also added a TBSP of Chia and Flax seeds – turned out great. My son loved them. Thank you!

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  55. These are very tasty! I’m sure I will be making them all the time once I start breastfeeding again soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

  56. Thanks for posting nutrition info April. For any others following Weight Watchers Points Plus – they are 6 pp per bar.

  57. I made these thinking they would have more flavor…almost like a cookie. They don’t. Then I reminded myself they would be a great breakfast bar and in that regard they are pretty good. Then my 22 month old woke up from his nap and asked for a treat. I handed him one thinking he would throw it on the floor. He is happily gobbling down his 2nd one! He won’t eat a bowl of oatmeal so I’m pretty excited about this!

  58. Great recipe. I omitted the nuts, and just did raisins. Also, did honey since I had no agave. They’re not that sweet, but not really bland either. Perfect for my toddler who gobbled up two. And, my two anti-oatmeal eaters in the family ate one as well and liked ’em. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I may try some mini chocolate chips next time, or pineapple.

  59. Made these several times with my 2 year old. My son loves them almost as much as my husband. Second batch I used a cup of carrots & 1/2 cup dried papaya & pineapple they were delicious !!
    Thanks again for all the great & healthy recipies !

  60. I just made these with a gluten free flour blend and flax seed egg since my son has a wheat and egg allergy. Turned out great!!!

  61. I have been making these using Celimix and Ener-G egg substitutes and they have turned out great every time! Thanks for the recipe. My kids are allergic to dairy, eggs, and nuts, and we have not found a single homemade or store bought bar that is free of those allergens, healthy, and delicious. Thank you, thank you!

  62. […] white sugars.  I made this batch with a mix of yellow and red raisins and walnuts.  The recipe takes only minutes of preparation and pretty soon your family can be enjoying these bars any time […]

  63. I made these today. They are good but a little bland. I substituted maple syrup for the agave and even added extra cinnamon and some brown sugar and they’re still very bland. Any suggestions?

  64. You could use butter or maybe even yogurt. The applesauce is a substitute for oil/fat. I saw above that someone suggested baby food.
    Good luck!

  65. I do not have the applesauce. Can I omit it or substitute it with other things? Please advise.

  66. These are fantastic! I’m making a second batch for my husband to take skiing — we’ve already almost eaten the entire first batch I made two days ago. Thanks so much for an AWESOME recipe! It’s great to have such a healthy, easy on the go snack.

  67. Any chance that you could guesstimate how many calories are in each bar?

    P.S. I tried these with a gluten free egg substitute and they turned out great ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the recipe, my first introduction to Weelicious!

  68. You might try going to to plug the recipe in to get an estimate about calories per bar and the like. All you have to do is enter the recipe above, and then put in how many servings or bars you cut it into, it is pretty handy about giving the basic information like calories, carbs, fat etc.

  69. Is there any way to find out how many carbs is in a serving? Our youngest one is diabetic and would LOVE to make these for her! I just need to know the carb count to dose her insulin. Please let me know, Thanks!

  70. You could probably use the same amount of babyfood prunes or 1/3 cup of melted butter. I just made them and they are super delicious!!

  71. These sound great to make as our baked treat today. We are snowed in and dont have any applesauce ๐Ÿ™ is there something that could be substituted?

  72. Also, has anyone tried this recipe without the dried fruit? Those are the only things I’m missing here.

  73. Have you tried Spelt or another grain? All-Purpose flour is a wheat product, but spelt or kamut are not wheat – they are a different grain. I know several wheat intolerant people who successfully use spelt (you can find it at most health food stores or order online. Wheat Montana is a great place to order grains. Bread Beckers is where my co-op orders our grains, and I just found Good luck!

  74. Hi, this recipe looks good, is all purpose flour ok for this recipe instead of whole wheat flour? My daughter has a reaction to wheat but I’d love to try these out for her.

  75. Hi there, we threw in a couple of spoons in peanut butter in our second batch…yum. ? for you, do you cut them after putting them ibbrge fridge or once cooled? Mine shred a bit, don’t cut neatly!
    Thanks much.

  76. I was thinking the same thing. You could throw in a couple of tablespoons of flax and maybe even some brewer’s yeast and really get the full effect. I am also going to try them with steel cut oats.

  77. I have been looking for oatmeal recipes, besides oatmeal cookies, to help boost my milk supply. I remembered your site had a few different oatmeal recipes. This is something that I will make in the morning (minus the nuts since we don’t have any, will try with extra dried fruit)

    Thanks! I love your recipes.

  78. My kids loved them! And of course, so do I. I did use the quick oats without a problem and I realized at the last step that I didn’t have any cranberries or raisins so I chopped up some dates. And the simplicity of the recipe is really great!

  79. I cant wait to make these. I have a picky 2.5 year old, and a 18 month old. They both will not eat oatmeal!! So I am going to see if they will eat it this way! Thank you. I just found this website and its awesome!!!!

  80. I make a double batch of these every other week. Then I cut into squares and individually wrap them in parchment paper and then put them in a large ziplock back in the freezer. I take them out as needed and reheat in the microwave or you could let them thaw for a while.

  81. Myself and my little 21 month old boy LOVED these! So healthy and so easy! Thanks! Will definately make more!!! And I thank you for putting the comments at the end on how to keep them (I never know how long things should last, etc).

  82. Wonderful! I just made these this morning. Substituted honey for the agave and used finely chopped walnuts and a dried mixed berry blend for the dried fruit. I also added a 1/4 cup of Stevia in the Raw for a little more sweetness. My 3-year old has already eaten two of them. Thanks for the recipe!

  83. Yes her recipe said that once they are cooled you cut them up and then you can freeze them for up to 4 months!

  84. I too love Oatmeal. I made these with Spelt Flour and added craisins, sunflower seeds, and a few chocolate chips. YUMMY!!!

  85. Just made these & they are absolutely brilliant! My 17 month old can’t get enough of them! Thank you for a great recipe:)

  86. I made them tonight and they are FABULOUS! Ironic thing is the day before I bought organic oatmeal on the run bars then found your recipe. Must say……your bars are 100% better. Thanks for such a great recipe.

  87. Do you use toasted nuts or untoasted? (For example, would you use the pepitas from your roasted pumpkin seeds recipe?) Thanks!

  88. Hi,
    If you don’t have agave can you substitute sugar of some sort and if so, how much?
    These look awesome!

  89. Thanks for this recipe, I can’t wait to try it. For kids too young for nuts or dried fruit, can I use mashed banana or fresh blueberries instead of dried?

  90. Can I substitute honey for the agave, if so, what would be the ratio?
    Thanks again for another great recipe!!!

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