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Gluten-Free Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

by Permanent Posies on August 1, 2011

While in Angel Fire this past week with my family, I wanted to make some kind of Oatmeal Bars for my gluten-free daughter because she LOVES Oatmeal Bars.  So I did a search and came up with a recipe for Black Raspberry Oatmeal Bars.  I wanted strawberry flavor instead, so here is my version.  The gluten-free version didn’t cut into bars very well but it tasted great.  I found this recipe on a blog called Ommy Noms (see below).


1 pkg yellow cake mix (
Betty Crocker Gluten-Free, if needed)
2 1/2 cups quick cooking oats (Bob’s
Red Mill, Gluten-Free, if needed)


1 stick of butter, melted
1/2 cup applesauce
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 10 oz container strawberry preserves
1 tsp water
1 tsp lemon juice

1. Preheat the oven to 375 and grease a 9X13 pan.
2. In a large bowl, mix the cake mix, 2 cups of the oats, butter, applesauce, and vanilla. Add the remaining oats a little at a time until the mixture just starts to form big clumps. (Discard the rest.)
3. In a separate bowl, mix the preserves, water, and lemon juice. Press 1/2 the crust dough in the pan. Slather on the preserve mixture, keeping away from the very edges so the fruit doesn’t burn. Sprinkle remaining crust mixture on top.
4. Bake for 18-20 minutes, until the top crust is lightly browned.

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I am posting this recipe for my blog party called Tuesday’s Tasty Tidbits.  Also, I am guest blogging with Grocery Shop for Free.  I hope you will join in the party by linking your recipe post at the bottom of the page and make sure you link back to us somewhere on your post.  Make sure you check out Grocery Shop for Free for great coupon deals.

This recipe was originally found on the website,…..but not by me.  I actually saw it on a blog called Ommy Noms when I did a search for Oatmeal Bars.

I substituted Strawberry Preserves for the Black Raspberry and I also made it gluten-free, as mentioned in the recipe.  Then I looked around on her blog and found this Red Velvet Brownie that I wanted to get up and bake right then and there.  Check it out.


Then I found Cajun Chicken Pasta…..ooh la la!  Wanted some of that too.  I love Cajun seasoinings…..particularly Tony Chachere’s.

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{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Jill August 2, 2011 at 10:12 AM

I shared my Almond Date Energy Bars a with a video and two articles I hope you enjoy!

Ali August 2, 2011 at 1:40 PM

Yummy! I bet they are much better for me and tastier than the strawberry bars I’ve bought in the past. Thanks for the recipe :)

If you’d like, I wanted to invite you to share your best recipes over at my new party, Recipe Sharing Monday at Jam Hands. I’m going to be featuring my favorite submissions during the week and I’d love it if you’d join in the fun. :O)

Mrsmichellebarbour August 3, 2011 at 5:54 AM

YUM What a great recipe! Thanks for sharing all this information! I am visiting from Not JUST A Housewife and I am a new follower!! I hope you have a great week and that I see you around soon!

RecipesDealsEtc August 3, 2011 at 2:08 PM

THese bars sound amazing!  

Chaya August 3, 2011 at 2:19 PM

My husband eats gluten-free so this is perfect for him.  Thanks for sharing such a treat.

theri@the freshman cook August 4, 2011 at 1:20 AM

Hi ! I shared my Melon Bites today!Thanks for hosting!

Feedingfour August 5, 2011 at 2:33 AM

Thanks for sharing at What’s Cooking Thursdays!

lchemail2003 August 8, 2011 at 3:46 AM

Thank you so much for joining in on Made it on Monday!
*Guess who made my TOP 3 Picks?…..YOU!
The post will be up on Tuesday :)

Emily August 8, 2011 at 12:10 PM

hi! Just wanted to say thanks for linking up to Tasty Tuesday last week, hope you come back again this week!

Miz Helen August 8, 2011 at 2:55 PM

Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you again real soon. Hope you are having a great week!
Miz Helen

Sherri@FoodBasics101 August 8, 2011 at 7:32 PM

Hello! I found you
through At Home With Haley’s Blog Hop.

Those Strawberry Oatmeal Bars looks yummy and your grandkids are cuties!

Have a great day!


Bibi August 9, 2011 at 7:44 PM

I have to save this recipe and make these when my best friend’s niece comes for a visit. I always feel bad not having treats for her in the house.

Thank you for sharing this at Foodie Wednesday.

Hope you can come by this week again and share another great recipe.

Sheryl August 9, 2011 at 10:21 PM

Thanks so much for sharing your recipe with me at Cast Party Wednesday.  I hope you will come back tomorrow for another party filled with GREAT RECIPES!
I hope to see you there!

April Harris August 12, 2011 at 8:56 AM

These bars look lovely and it looks like you had fun making them too! What cute photos! 

Krista December 29, 2011 at 4:51 PM

Hey! Just found your blog through the Thursday Linky Party and am a new follower! Check out my blog and follow back :)

Can’t wait to read more of your recipes!


Krista December 29, 2011 at 5:50 PM

Whoops! My blog url I left you in the last comment has a typo in it. Here is the right url:

lol Sorry!

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