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Soft Oatmeal Raisin Bars

  • Author: Caitlin Self, MS, CNS, LDN
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Walnut oatmeal bars are sweetened with raisins, dates, and bananas and spiced with cinnamon. A healthy dessert option for snacks.


  • 2 cups instant oats
  • 1/4 cup crushed walnuts (or pecans, almond slices, etc.)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (packed) dates or prunes (or 1/3 cup date syrup or prune paste)
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 medium-large overripe bananas (about 1 cup mashed)
  • 1 cup raisins


  1. Mix dry ingredients - oats, walnuts, and seasonings - together in a large bowl.
  2. In a blender or food processor, blend the wet ingredients - date/prune syrup, coconut oil, vanilla, and bananas. (If you don't have date or prune syrup on hand, just blend them with the coconut oil first, adding 1/2 Tablespoon of water if necessary, then add remaining wet ingredients.)
  3. Pour wet mixture over oat mixture and mix well. Add the raisins and stir until evenly distributed.
  4. Press mixture into a parchment-lined baking dish or rimmed sheet tray. (Rimmed dishes are best because otherwise the edges might burn.
  5. Bake on 325ºf for 20 minutes, or until the mixture is solid to the touch.
  6. Remove and let cool, then cut into 12 even bars. Store in a container in the fridge as is, or wrap them in saran wrap/foil/parchment paper first for easy grab & go! Once they're wrapped, you can place them in a large freezer bag and freeze them!


I've also used Pumpkin Pie Spice in place of the cinnamon-nutmeg combo. It's great!
The coconut oil is optional - I've used it with and without. I like the sweetness, but you can skip it if you want.

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: oatmeal bars, healthy oatmeal bars

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