Healthy Berry Streusel Bars.

These healthy mixed berry streusel bars are made with wholesome, healthy ingredients like oats, almond butter, and pure maple syrup. And they actually taste good, too!

These healthy mixed berry streusel bars are made with wholesome, healthy ingredients like oats, almond butter, and pure maple syrup! Click through for recipe.

Goodbye weekend, goodbye tasty food, cheesecake (!!!), cocktails, swims in the lake, and road trips. Back to work, back to reality, back to b-o-r-i-n-g.

I want to do none of that right now, so I’m breaking the rules and having a bright and cheery breakfast this morning. On the menu is a sunshine smoothie and one of these delightful little bars. A healthy meal to start off the week as I countdown the days to my second wedding dress fitting. Ohhhh snap. (Did I really just type that?)

September 20th wedding will be here before we know it!

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You are going to go nuts over these tasty mixed berry streusel bars. First of all, they actually taste good. Nothing is more disappointing than eating something healthy that tastes like cardboard. It’s like putting salt in the wound. You’re starving and have to eat something dry and bland. No thank you, none of that here.

Not only that, the bars are naturally gluten free, have only 1 Tablespoon of refined sugar, no butter, and are so simple to make. Plus plus plus (and this is the best part!), there is so much streusel. If you don’t like streusel, you might be lost visiting my blog.

This recipe is quite similar to my Healthy Strawberry Oat Squares (pictured below!) and my Blueberry Almond Oat Squares found in my cookbook. Have you made either of those recipes yet?

Deliciously Healthy Strawberry Squares recipe by sallysbakingaddiction.com-- wholesome, guilt-free goodness!

What makes these healthy berry streusel bars so easy is that the crust layer and the streusel layer are made from the same dough. And they’re prepared with simple, wholesome, convenient ingredients like oats, maple syrup, almond butter, and cinnamon. You’ll simply press 3/4 of the mix into the pan as the crust, then crumble the rest – along with some slivered almonds – on top to make the tasty cinnamon/oat streusel.

The thick mixed berry filling is so good, you’ll want to spread it on everything. I was trying to eat up our pantry before moving, so I spread a bit onto a rice cake and it hit the spot. If it can make a rice cake taste good, it HAS to be delicious.

It’s a mix of your favorite berries, maple syrup, cornstarch, and 1 Tablespoon of sugar. I used a mix of chopped dark cherries, strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries. Frozen berries work well too! Use whatever is easiest for you.

I did not care for the filling without that little Tablespoon of white sugar – I don’t suggest leaving it out. Don’t worry, the filling isn’t overly sweet. But I do suggest you taste it before spreading on top of the bottom layer. If it’s not sweet enough, simply add more maple syrup or a touch more sugar.

These healthy mixed berry streusel bars are made with wholesome, healthy ingredients like oats, almond butter, and pure maple syrup! Click through for recipe.

There’s lots of texture going on here to keep your tastebuds satisfied! A hearty, dense oat base paired with a juicy homemade jam filling, and a cinnamon almond streusel of sorts on top. I compare them to a Mixed Berry Nutrigrain Bar – ever have one of those? Clearly, these healthy bars are free of all the preservatives and the sugar crash. And actually leave you full!

I’ve made them twice in two weeks – the first time as a little test. They lasted 2 days. Kevin likes them, which means I have to write my name on half of them or he will eat them all. And another batch again last night after we got home from Cleveland.

What? You mean to tell me you don’t bake after coming from from vacation?

These healthy mixed berry streusel bars are made with wholesome, healthy ingredients like oats, almond butter, and pure maple syrup! Click through for recipe.

Make these. You’ll love ’em.

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Healthy Berry Streusel Bars

These healthy berry streusel bars are made with wholesome, healthy ingredients like oats, almond butter, and pure maple syrup. And they actually taste good, too!

Ingredients:

Filling

  • 2 Tablespoons (15g) cornstarch
  • 2 Tablespoons (30ml) warm water
  • 2 cups (330g) mixed berries1
  • 1/4 cup (80g) pure maple syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon (15g) granulated sugar

Oatmeal Base + Topping

  • 2 and 1/4 cup (180g) quick oats (use certified GF if gluten intolerant)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup (250g) unsalted almond butter (or peanut butter or sunflower seed butter)
  • 1/3 cup (110g) pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) melted coconut oil2
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup (50g) sliced almonds3

Directions:

  1. Make the mixed berry filling first by mixing the cornstarch with the warm water until it all of the cornstarch has dissolved and there are no more clumps. It should resemble milk. Set aside. Combine the berries, maple syrup, and sugar together in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and stir well. Remove from heat and stir in the pre-mixed cornstarch. Whisk until all clumps are gone and set aside to thicken and cool.
  2. Preheat oven to 325F degrees. Line an 8x8 baking pan with aluminum foil with enough overhang on the sides for easy removal. Set aside.
  3. Make the oat crust/topping: In a large bowl, combine the quick oats, cinnamon, almond butter, maple syrup, coconut oil, and beaten egg. Mix until all of the oats are moistened and the mixture is thoroughly combined. The mixture will be quite wet. Reserve 1/2 cup of the oat mixture. Press the remaining oat mixture into prepared baking pan as best you can. Make sure it is firmly pressed down and even. Spread the mixed berry filling on top. To the reserved 1/2 cup oat mixture, add the sliced almonds. Crumble this over the berry filling and, using the back of a spatula, press the topping down firmly into the filling. You want to make sure it sticks well.
  4. Bake for 25-30 minutes. The topping will be lightly browned. Allow to cool completely before cutting into squares. Makes 9-12 squares, depending how large you cut them. Squares stay fresh covered tightly at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  5. Make ahead tip: Make these bars ahead of time by freezing them! They freeze well up to 2-3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before enjoying. You can also prepare the mixed berry filling and oat crust/topping ahead of time. Keep both in the refrigerator for up to 1 day. Assemble and bake when ready!

Recipe Notes:

  1. For the berries, I used a mix of chopped dark sweet cherries & strawberries, whole raspberries and blueberries. Use whatever is easiest! You can use fresh or frozen.
  2. If needed, another oil like vegetable or canola will work in place of the melted coconut oil. For this recipe, I find coconut oil to be best for both taste and nutritional purposes.
  3. I used honey roasted slivered almonds from Trader Joes. They tasted wonderful in the streusel!

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Comments

  1. Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps on July 15, 2014 at 1:09 am

    Definitely going nuts over these!!!!!!

  2. Thalia @ butter and brioche on July 15, 2014 at 3:07 am

    awesome recipe sally! love how delicious + guilt free these are. they are perfect for my afternoon snack, definitely will be recreating these bars. thanks!

    • Sally on July 15, 2014 at 6:04 am

      Let me know how you like them Thalia!

  3. Doro on July 15, 2014 at 3:21 am

    Wow, these look amazing! I was wondering whether you are changing the direction of your recipes slightly? Recently I have begun a vegan, gluten-free, refined-sugar free diet and the biggest disappointment was realizing that I could no longer have my favourite Sally recipes (let’s talk carrot cake, sky high apple muffins and salted-caramel dark chocolate cookies!). But then I started to notice recipes just like this one which use oats, coconut oil and alternative sugars. Great! So I guess my question is: Is this new or have I just been blinded by the eclipse of the lovely sugary rest?

    • Sally on July 15, 2014 at 6:04 am

      Hi Doro – no I am not. My recipes are a mix of healthy and indulgent, easy and semi-challenging.

  4. Anna on July 16, 2014 at 8:04 am

    Ahh thanks for this recipe Sally! Made these the other day and froze most for future pre workout use 🙂 I subbed homemade date syrup (you should try!) For the maple and used half almond butter half high protein gingerbread pb. So good. Love your healthy recipes just as much as your sugary sweet ones

    • Sally on July 16, 2014 at 3:37 pm

      I have to try homemade date syrup! That sounds delicious Anna. So happy you enjoy my healthier recipes. They’re usually my favorites.

  5. Rokssana on July 20, 2014 at 8:55 am

    Sally these squares were a bit hit at my dinner party last night! They were so easy to whip up and they were delicious. Thank you for the recipe! I will be making these again next weekend 🙂

  6. Sarah on July 21, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    If I were to substitute vegetable oil for the coconut oil, would the amount (1/4 C) be the same?

    Thanks!

    • Sally on July 22, 2014 at 2:43 pm

      Yes

  7. Nikki on July 27, 2014 at 8:02 am

    I have no cornstarch and can’t make it to the store today. Detrimental to the outcome or can I omit it?

    • Sally on July 27, 2014 at 2:36 pm

      Hi Nikki – you could try flour instead to thicken the berry filling.

  8. Hayley on July 30, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    I absolutely DO bake right after coming home from vacation. We got in late last night and I woke up early this morning and made a batch of these. There aren’t many people living in this house & already more than half of the pan is gone…. 🙂

  9. Amber on August 30, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    It says 2 tablespoons of corn starch but 15g. 15g is only 1 tablespoon, could you please clarify???

    • Sally on August 30, 2014 at 5:36 pm

      1 Tablespoon of cornstarch is 8g. So, 2 is 15-16g.

  10. Annalena on September 4, 2014 at 11:58 am

    These are in the oven right now. Can’t wait to taste them, it already smells delicious!
    I had to make some adjustments as my local supermarket (in the middle of nowhere…) hasn’t got almond butter. I used chestnut purée instead and left out the maple syrup as it was already sweetened. Hope they still turn out well.
    I also made a compot out of yellow plums as those are in season here right now.
    I am so excited! 😀
    Thank you for all those lovely recipes!

  11. Sabah on September 6, 2014 at 9:46 am

    I just made these and they were wonderful! Especially served with ice cream or custard 🙂 I’m really only commenting to say that I didn’t have almond butter on hand, so kind of completely improvised and subbed in 1/2 cup of sort of coconut butter (basically a semi-failed attempt at making it because it wasn’t entirely smooth) and 1/4 cup coconut oil, and as far as I can tell, it hasn’t done anything bad to the bars so…

  12. sherry on September 27, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    I want to make this. I’m allergic to oats though. Is there anything else I can use instead?

  13. Jo on October 19, 2014 at 11:51 am

    Ahhhhh! Fantastic! Next time I will make more fruit filling (or cut the crust by half) as I would prefer a higher fruit-to-crust ratio. But very tasty and I will keep this recipe handy. Thanks!

  14. Robin on November 5, 2014 at 8:49 am

    Hi Sally,

    I see you have a recipe for Apple Blueberry Pie bars, would an apple-blueberry fruit mix work with this healthier bar base? If so, should I precook the apples in with the blueberries first?

    • Sally on November 5, 2014 at 2:34 pm

      Hi Robin– an apple blueberry mix would work wonderful here. No need to precook the apples with the blueberries; you can layer them on top of the blueberry mixture.

  15. Amy Kowbuz on November 8, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    I made these the other day in a muffin pan for individually sized portions and they turned out great! Love your healthy recipes, especially the granolas! Keep em coming!

  16. Kristal on November 10, 2014 at 12:10 am

    I made these this morning and they were delightful. I subbed out the cornstarch for chia seeds and the egg for a flax egg. The four of us killed the whole pan in one evening!

  17. Nicole on March 8, 2015 at 10:20 am

    I just made these and they are delicious! Would storing them in Tupperware containers keep them fresh for the 5 days?

    • Sally on March 8, 2015 at 12:25 pm

      Yep, that’s what I do.

  18. Tina on May 18, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    Dear Sally, I’m sitting here with a big ol’ chunk of your delicious berry streusel I made last night. I can’t tell you how much I adore your recipes! You have completely changed my life and made it better. I have a chronic illness and it has prevented me from achieving many of my goals in life. I have no control over this disabling illness, but I can control my nutrition. I have made a shift in my life and I have completely cut out sugar and flour. But what’s a girl to do when she has a sweet tooth? Be miserable? Hate life? What? NO WAY. I found your website and your recipes when I was in desperate need of a healthy, whole food “dessert” or sweet snack. I can’t tell you how very happy I am to “know” you and to follow your food adventures. You’re just so wonderful and you have truly touched my life. Wishing you all the success in the world. PS I love sprinkles too.

  19. Marie on May 18, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    These look wonderful, Sally!!!!!
    Looking forward to making them ASAP!!!

    Do you think I could use honey instead of maple syrup?

    • Sally on May 19, 2015 at 9:06 am

      Honey would be just fine!

  20. Meagan on September 1, 2016 at 9:03 am

    Made these last weekend! Used PB instead of AB (I’m on a budget…ha) and used half strawberries and half fresh picked blackberries. The best. I love it when a dessert doubles as breakfast the next day (well, most of them do, but at least this one was more guilt-free)!

    Om nom nom.

  21. Tanya K on May 20, 2018 at 3:39 am

    Love ❤️ Love ❤️ Love all your recipes. I’m going through some serious health issues and waiting on major surgery at UCLA at the end of the summer. I was wondering if you would have any suggestions or ideas for streusel bars or any type of bar that I could use prunes or actually they might be dried plums that you buy in the store in round containers. Lately the skins are so dry that I can’t stand to eat them so try to eat the inside only. I remember when I was young my mom made some type of bars and told me not to eat too many or I’d end up in the bathroom and I didn’t understand because I was so young lol. All I knew was they tasted great. I just can’t find any recipe and I’m desperate and drinking milk of magnesia is unhealthy daily. Would so appreciate it if you had any idea of a recipe or how to make/soften or cook them into bars. Like them to be still sweet and pleasant tasting. Thanks so much. My email is below or I guess I can try to watch on this post.

  22. Hayley on June 6, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    Made this today, using frozen berries, peanut butter, peanuts and honey. They tasted delicious but also so wholesome! Next time, I may make 1.5x the filling as it was a tad thin for my liking (I’m also just a huge berry lover) but that may have been because I used frozen berries. These are a perfect afternoon snack or breakfast 🙂 Would you recommend storing these at room temperature or in the fridge?

  23. Jordan on June 29, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    Hi, I hope this is not super obvious but I was wondering where I could find the nutritional information for the recipes? Like how many calories and that sort of thing. Thanks!

Reviews

  1. Hayley on June 6, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    Made this today, using frozen berries, peanut butter, peanuts and honey. They tasted delicious but also so wholesome! Next time, I may make 1.5x the filling as it was a tad thin for my liking (I’m also just a huge berry lover) but that may have been because I used frozen berries. These are a perfect afternoon snack or breakfast 🙂 Would you recommend storing these at room temperature or in the fridge?

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  1. Tanya K on May 20, 2018 at 3:39 am

    Love ❤️ Love ❤️ Love all your recipes. I’m going through some serious health issues and waiting on major surgery at UCLA at the end of the summer. I was wondering if you would have any suggestions or ideas for streusel bars or any type of bar that I could use prunes or actually they might be dried plums that you buy in the store in round containers. Lately the skins are so dry that I can’t stand to eat them so try to eat the inside only. I remember when I was young my mom made some type of bars and told me not to eat too many or I’d end up in the bathroom and I didn’t understand because I was so young lol. All I knew was they tasted great. I just can’t find any recipe and I’m desperate and drinking milk of magnesia is unhealthy daily. Would so appreciate it if you had any idea of a recipe or how to make/soften or cook them into bars. Like them to be still sweet and pleasant tasting. Thanks so much. My email is below or I guess I can try to watch on this post.

  2. Jordan on June 29, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    Hi, I hope this is not super obvious but I was wondering where I could find the nutritional information for the recipes? Like how many calories and that sort of thing. Thanks!

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