Healthier Double Berry Oatmeal Bars

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I am still on my berry craze. Berry season may be almost over, but now I have a freezer full of berries just begging to be used. I know I am going to be really happy about that in about a month when there are no fresh berries available anywhere.

I wanted to make something using berries but without making it super unhealthy. We used to shop at Trader Joe’s and buy their fruit filled bars. They were so good, but life will go on without Trader Joe’s and it’s delicious foods, most likely.

I decided to use raw sugar and palm syrup instead of refined sugar. They call raw sugar rubia here . When we have asked people where we can buy brown sugar they have misunderstood and given us rubia. Technically it is naturally a light shade of brown because it is unrefined, but it is not the brown sugar that is used in The States.

Palm syrup is easy to find here and has a very unique flavor. I’d say it’s somewhere between maple syrup and honey. I used it in this recipe but it could easily be replaced with honey, maple syrup or even agave.

Instead of using all bleached flour (unbleached….also not available) I used part whole wheat and part oatmeal for more fiber. Last but not least, I used homemade blackberry blueberry jelly as my filling.

Though these may not be as healthy as TJ’s they still have some good qualities and they taste really good.

Healthier Double Berry Oatmeal Bars

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: about 24 bars

Healthier Double Berry Oatmeal Bars


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar in the raw (Rubia)
  • 1/4 cup palm syrup, honey, or maple syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour or unbleached
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3 cups old fashioned or quick cooking oatmeal (You could probably use steel-cut if you like the texture.)
  • 1 1/2 cups jelly of choice or make homemade. Here's my recipe for homemade jelly


  1. Heat oven to 350°F (180°C). Beat together butter, sugar, and palm syrup or liquid sweetener of choice.
  2. Next add vanilla, baking soda, and salt and mix well.
  3. Beat eggs in until smooth.
  4. Now add flours and mix, then oatmeal last.
  5. Spread half of dough in a greased 13x9in. pan and bake for 10 min.
  6. Remove from oven and let sit for 2-4 minutes until slightly cooled then spread jelly in an even layer.
  7. Crumble the rest of the dough as evenly as possible over top and return to oven.
  8. Continue baking until top is starting to brown about 10 min.
  9. Remove from oven and cool before serving or eat warm with a scoop of ice-cream.

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