Naturally Sweetened, Whole Wheat, Oatmeal Jam Bars

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Come 3pm my kids are ready for an after school snack.

Our usual snacks of choice are fruit, carrot sticks, yogurt, and cheese; however, I also like to surprise them with sweet treats that are both tasty and wholesome.

When I do bake them sweet treats it’s usually chewy granola bars or these super yummy oatmeal jam bars.

Not only do they taste fantastic but they come together quickly. Which is so important to me since I need my afternoon to clean up and start thinking about supper.

Naturally sweetened with raw honey and pure maple syrup, they take about five minutes to prep and 25 minutes to bake.

As a jam filling, I used wild blackberry preserves that I canned earlier this year.  However, any flavor of jam will make these taste faboosh!

Naturally Sweetened, Whole Wheat, Oatmeal Jam Bars

Naturally Sweetened, Whole Wheat, Oatmeal Jam Bars

These bars are sweet, soft, and scrumptious. They come together quickly which makes them a perfect after school snack.


  • 1 1/2 cups freshly milled soft white wheat berries (whole wheat pastry flour)
  • 1 1/4 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil (feel free to substitute butter)
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup jam or preserve of choice


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F
  2. Butter an 8" square baking or cake pan and line the bottom with parchment paper.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, oats, salt, and baking soda.
  4. Add the coconut oil (preferably melted), honey, and maple syrup.
  5. Transfer about 2/3 of the mixture to the prepared baking pan. Pack the mixture down firmly.
  6. With a spoon, spread the jam or preserves over the dough.
  7. Sprinkle the remaining 1/3 mixture over the preserves.
  8. Finish with a sprinkle of oats to cover any bare areas.
  9. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes or until the top is golden brown.
  10. Allow to cool completely before cutting.

These bars can be kept in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

18 Responses to "Naturally Sweetened, Whole Wheat, Oatmeal Jam Bars"
  1. These look absolutely fantastic! I will have to make a batch next week… Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  2. These look amazing!

    As an aside…I studied in Spain when I was in college (Madrid) and couldn’t love it more. It’s the only place that has ever truly felt like home in my heart. And the food? I die. Always glad when I find others who feel the same way. =)

  3. Lori says:

    I cannot wait to try these! I love oat bars, but the recipe I have uses a lot of brown sugar. I’m looking forward to substituting these other sweeteners.

  4. Yum! I think I need to make these and maybe add some dark chocolate too???

  5. We made these last week, very easy and surprisingly sweet!
    Thanks for another great post.

  6. Danielle says:

    Can you substitute in some almond flour/meal for the whole wheat flour? If so, how much would you suggest? Thanks :-) looking forward to making these tomorrow.

  7. Amy D. says:

    Honey AND maple syrup? Does it make it taste different than just using one or the other?

  8. COrina says:

    These sounds great, the jam or preserves could potentially add a lot of sugar. Is there any other way to substitute this? Dried Fruit? etc

  9. erica says:

    Diana, I have made this recipe of your countless times. It’s perfection. One of my kids requested it for his school birthday dessert over cupcakes! I’ve never tried to freeze them before (they never last long enough around here). Do you think they would freeze ok? Thanks a ton.

  10. Don says:

    Jam has loads of sugar so how is this recipe sugar free

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