Quaker Oats Recipes: Strawberry Oat Squares

Updated on February 18, 2020
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Heather is happiest when taking a beautiful photo, creating something in her kitchen, or elbows-deep in a DIY project.

Strawberry Oat Bar with Whip Topping
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Home Made Strawberry and Oatmeal Bars

These home made bars taste delicious. Imagine a yummy oatmeal cookie with a strawberry filling or a piece of strawberry pie with a yummy brown sugar and oat crumble. These strawberry bars remind my taste buds of a variety of my favorite desserts. This dessert squares recipe is also so simple that you'll find yourself making this dessert treat regularly. It's foolproof and the kids can help too.

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5 stars from 4 ratings of Strawberry Oat Squares

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 25 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: 16 bars


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups Quaker Oats, uncooked
  • 1 and 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1 jar (18 oz) Smucker's Strawberry Preserves
Recipe for Squares
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What Are Strawberry Preserves?

How are strawberry preserves different from strawberry jam or strawberry jelly?

  • Strawberry jelly is made from the fruity juice of strawberries.
  • Strawberry jam is made from the pulp of crushed strawberries.
  • Strawberry preserves contain chunks of strawberries and syrup or jam.

Baking with Strawberry Preserves
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Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

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Cream Butter and Brown SugarCrumble MixtureCrust and Reserved Crumble ToppingStrawberry Preserve SpreadCrumble Topping Before Baking
Cream Butter and Brown Sugar
Cream Butter and Brown Sugar | Source
Crumble Mixture
Crumble Mixture | Source
Crust and Reserved Crumble Topping
Crust and Reserved Crumble Topping | Source
Strawberry Preserve Spread
Strawberry Preserve Spread | Source
Crumble Topping Before Baking
Crumble Topping Before Baking | Source


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly grease 13x9 inch baking pan.
  2. In bowl, combine flour, oats, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Stir until mixed well.
  3. In separate larger bowl, cream butter and brown sugar. Gradually add dry mix, stirring well. Mixture will be crumbly.
  4. Reserve 1 cup crumb mixture for topping. Press remaining crumb mixture onto bottom of prepared pan. Bake 7-8 minutes until lightly browned.
  5. Remove from oven and spread preserves over crust. Sprinkle remaining crumb mixture on top. Bake 20-25 minutes or until crumble topping is golden brown. Cool completely in pan on wire rack.
  6. Enjoy!

Oats and Strawberries

Home Made Oatmeal Bars
Home Made Oatmeal Bars | Source

Tips for Baking Strawberry Bars

  • When all of my ingredients are almost mixed together, I like to finish combining the mixture by hand. Wash your hands and coat with a little shortening or oil. Kneed and squish your crumbly mixture with your hands to evenly distribute all the ingredients. This saves time and wasted energy with an electric mixer or an unhelpful spoon.
  • If you're not a fan of those fruit chunks, don't worry. By the time your squares are done baking, the fruit pieces have melted. When you remove your pan from the oven, the strawberry preserves will be bubbling hot. You won't bite into a bar and get a large strawberry piece—trust me.
  • Use your favorite flavor of fruit preserves or experiment combining two kinds in the same dessert.

Easy Oatmeal Squares

How to Make Oat Squares
How to Make Oat Squares | Source

Heather Says

A lot of people ask me how I have time or energy to do as much cooking and baking as I do. Recipes for desserts like these oatmeal squares definitely make it easy. This dessert uses simple ingredients that aren't hard to find in the grocery store and more importantly are everyday items that I usually have on hand. This recipe is ready in no time at all because it doesn't entail too many steps. Like many other people out there, I sometimes won't bake because I hate the cleanup required. These oat squares don't make a mess. Baking quick and easy treats like these enable me to have more time and the energy to spend it on whatever I want. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Dessert Squares

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      Leland Johnson 

      2 years ago from Midland MI

      Heather, great article. Loved your pictures of the ingredients. I'm a show and tell person so the pics are helpful for me. Thank you!

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      3 years ago

      Thank you for sharing this recipe! It is baking in the oven right now! I made it gluten free with gf oats and buckwheat flour. Will serve it later today, at an Arctic Race event ☺

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      Heather Lavelle 

      6 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      @katie-- Thanks so much for the great idea. I do love the gooeyness to them when they're warm :)

      @Faith A Mullen-- Thanks so much for stopping by. I'm glad you enjoyed this recipe. I hope you get a chance to bake these bars and love them as much as I do :)

      @lemonkerdz-- Thanks for reading and commenting! You're right... the possibilities are practically endless. I'm glad you enjoyed this recipe.

      @Glimmer Twin Fan-- Thanks so much. Raspberry sounds yummy too. Thanks for stopping by and pinning :)

      @carol7777-- Thanks so much. I love baking with oatmeal so much! Thanks for stopping by. I'm glad you enjoyed this recipe :)

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      6 years ago

      make sure and let them cook all the way before you cut - when they're warm they can be pretty gooey:)

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      Faith A Mullen 

      7 years ago

      These look so good! I will definitely be trying them. Love that you used your own pictures. Voted up!

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      7 years ago from LIMA, PERU

      hey i really like this idea and you could have no end of fruit fillings to spice them up depending on seasonal fruits available.

      thaks for the great and easy to follow hub.

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      7 years ago

      This looks awesome! I'll probably swap out the strawberry for raspberry, but yummy. Pinned!

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      carol stanley 

      7 years ago from Arizona

      They just look so good! I love oatmeal in baked stuff as it is crunchy. I am a big crunch fan. I am going to bookmark, vote up and share.


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