About Erin Henry

Since its founding in 2015 by suburban mother Erin Henry, Suburban Simplicity has provided an outlet for like-minded women to connect and share their methods for a serene and simple home life. It has become a trusted resource for advice on simple, modern homemaking, appearing on Oprah Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Buzzfeed, MSN and Yummly.

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  1. Katherine Mason says

    I’ve made this recipe countless times! I’ve added a little almond butter and cinnamon to it and it is divine. Thank you for this recipe! Delicious and makes my whole family happy!

  2. Regina Delaney says

    I used coconut oil, flaxseed eggs, added sliced almonds, and had 1/4 cup cocoa powder with 1 3/4 cup almond flour. Was amazing. Trying a peanut chocolate chip one now. Love that this recipe is so versatile. We are gluten, dairy, vanilla, and egg free household. It is a challenge to find recipes I can tweak that the family asks for more. Thanks

    • Erin says

      I’m so glad you are enjoying the recipe, Regina! Love your substitutions and so happy the recipe was versatile enough to accommodate your family’s dietary restrictions! Thanks for the 5-star review! xo

  3. Sandie7 says

    These are yummy! Must be the butter = ) I’ve been making these on the regular for a while now. I cut them into cereal-bar shaped pieces, wrap them in wax paper and freeze them for a fast breakfast or afternoon tea snack. I especially like that they’re not loaded with processed sugar. I rarely comment on recipes but this one is so darn good I just had to let you know. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Erin says

      Ah, thanks so much Sandie!! I’m glad you’ve enjoying them. I love that these little bars aren’t loaded with processed sugar, too! We make them ALL THE TIME!

  4. Melanie says

    These are so delicious! I added coconut, raisins, cinnamon, and a small amount of mini chocolate chips. Love the whole wheat flour & honey in this recipe. Not too sweet. 🙂

  5. Kara says

    Tried this recipe for breakfast this morning. Kids and I loved it! We’re excited to try the bars with berries next time!

  6. Terry says

    The nutrition label for the oatmeal bars does not say the serving size. Is it based on the 9 servings or 16 servings? For diabetics counting carbs it makes a big difference.

  7. chris says

    Hi, sorry if this has been answered already. I followed the instructions and used the same ingredients but the bars are very dry. Which ingredient should I increase (or add a new one) to make them more moist:?

    • Erin says

      Hi Chris,

      Yes, these bars tend to be on the dry side. I would try the following if you’d like them a little more moist:

      -Add 1/4 cup applesauce to the recipe.


      -Reduce flour by 1/4 cup.

  8. Heather Naugler says

    I swapped out the honey and sugar for Almond Butter instead. Less sugar and more buttery goodness. Could also use Peanut Butter as well.
    I found the recipe really dry and I only added 1 1/4 cups of flour. Not sure if it was because I added dried cranberries, organic pumpkin seeds and chia seeds. Next time I will add milk or water to make the mixture moist.
    I make these in my mini bar ban so they are already to eat and enjoy in the perfect serving size.

    • Erin says

      I like your swaps, Heather, but the chia seeds could definitely have made these bars more dry as they soak up moisture. Also, cooking them in a mini bar pan can dry them out if you didn’t decrease the cooking time.

  9. John Woodard says

    I made these last night (Brown Sugar variant). They’re good, but I sometimes taste raw wheat flour that detracts from the overall experience. Where did I go wrong? I mixed it pretty thoroughly (by hand).

    • Erin says

      Hi John, Unless your whole wheat wasn’t fresh (when it goes bad it has a stronger flavor), I don’t know why you’re tasting raw wheat. Sounds like you mixed it well.

  10. Floyd says

    These oatmeal bars turned out very well and my wife loved them. Usually when i am looking for quick recipes i end up here, and the recipes are so well laid out that I can easily see where I can modify them to my liking. This recipe I did half butter and half coconut oil. I also left out the honey and used half a cup of xylitol instead. I plan to make them plenty more times abd will definitely add some fruit and nuts. Thanks again.

  11. A says

    I am baking these rn, added a lil unsweetened Coco powder to AP flour and used BS instead of honey, also didn’t have vanilla so added a touch of soy milk. Thought it would be a dry batter but seemed perfect hoping these turn out good to go along with my morning coffee

  12. Danielle says

    Hi. I know this is an older post but I wanted to leave my review. This recipe is perfect. Simple, delicious not too sweet and easy to customize.
    I made some changes to make it a bit healthier for a good breakfast. I substituted the butter with olive oil to reduce cholesterol. I substituted half of the flour with unflavored protein powder ( I use bariatric fusion powder). I also substituted the honey with maple syrup just for a different flavor.
    The results:
    A delicious oatmeal bar with 14 grams of protein per bar. It has the same amount of protein as a bar you buy at the store. It tastes way better, has no artificial sweeteners (most store bought bars are too sweet in my opinion) and it’s super filling!
    Thank you so much for the great recipe!

    • Erin says

      This is awesome, Danielle! I love your substitutions to make it a great bar for a protein fueled breakfast! Although this recipe is older, it’s one of my top! People just love it! Enjoy and thanks for the review!

  13. Staci says

    I just popped these in the oven. I added mashed banana, unsweetened coconut, chocolate chips and some flax seed. They smell yummy, ant wait to try them!

    • Erin says

      OMGosh! I LOVE hearing that! They sound amazing! And way to go with the flax seeds…always good to get a little more fiber in your diet!

  14. Lianne says

    These are my favorite oatmeal bars! I add chocolate chips and chopped walnuts—they are delicious! I freeze them and they thaw out just perfect, I especially like to heat them and melt the chocolate a little! Thanks for the recipe!

    • Erin says

      Thank you, Lianne! You made my day 🙂 I love hearing that these bars are people’s favorite! They are nutritious…and I agree, with the add ins, pretty incredible 🙂

  15. Deb Auld says

    Can the butter be substituted with either coconut oil or coconut butter? If so what would you recommend for amounts?

    Thank you

    • Erin says

      I have had readers substitute the butter for coconut oil with good results, however, I’ve haven’t tried it my self. The amount should remain the same. Thanks!

    • Erin says

      Good question. I think it would be close to working out okay, but they might come out a bit thick. However, I’ve never tried it to know for sure.

  16. Jacklin says

    My family and I made the easy oat meal snack bar, we loved them! Not to dry, yet the right texture. So glad I came across your page, thanks for sharing. Blessings to you!

  17. Brady says

    This looks like a great basic recipe to experiment with. Curious about the nutritional data–I assume it’s for one square, but it’s impossible to tell what that means if the recipe makes anywhere from “9 to 16.”

    • Erin says

      Good question Brady. The nutrition calculator used 16 squares for it’s calculation, so it’d be slightly more if you cut your bars into 9 squares.

  18. Lyndsay says

    Love these oatmeal bars!! I have had them pinned for a while and have made them more times than I can remember and have never been disappointed!! When I am trying to eat a little better I will use coconut oil instead of butter and have also used almond flour or coconut flour in place of some of the whole wheat flour. So so good!! I always crave oatmeal and grainy things while pregnant and nursing so these have been great!! My 2nd baby is 16months old and I am due in 3 months so I have enjoyed these bars quite a bit!! Thanks for the awesome recipe!! One this family if defiantly keeping!!!

    • Erin says

      I so thrilled to hear you’ve been enjoying these bars, Lyndsay. My family devours them and I too use coconut oil sometimes and they turn out great. I haven’t tried Almond Flour, but I like that idea too. Congrats on your second baby!!

  19. Emma says

    Is it possible to substitute the butter with canola oil or coconut oil? Will it still taste the same?

  20. Polly says

    I am a newbie to your website. I found it while searching for healthy snacks and meal ideas for families. I just made the oatmeal bars with half butter/half coconut butter and I’m over the moon! They are just delicious! I have a feeling you will be my new go-to site for healthy recipes! Thanks for the great recipe and blog!! Looks like I could lose a day or two just enjoying time reading through it!

  21. Grace Adams says

    Brown sugar can be replaced by honey equally, up to 1 cup in a recipe. If more than 1 cup of brown sugar is required, you may need to add only 2/3 to 3/4 per cup of sugar (i.e. if the recipe calls for 2 cups of brown sugar, use only 1 3/4 cups of honey).Honey contains more fructose than sugar or brown sugar, and has a much higher water content, which means the end product could be a bit sweeter and more moist when using honey. I suggest reducing the amount of other liquids by 1/4 cup for every 1 cup of honey to keep balance in the recipe.Foods made with honey will brown quicker, so lower the cooking temperature by 25 degrees or so to avoid burning. For baked goods, add 1/4 tsp. of baking soda per cup of honey to reduce acidity and decrease the food’s density.

  22. Heidy says

    Hi Erin, I just made these bars and must have done something wrong. The only thing I did differently was half butter and half coconut oil and cut back a little on the flour because the mix seemed way too dry. Oh, and my pan was 9×9. They tuned out really dry. I’ve never been the best at baking in my 56 years lol and I really try to stick to the recipe as much as possible. I’m thinking if I add a splash of milk and blueberries in a dish they’ll be good and if nothing else my dog likes them lol.
    Thanks for the recipe,

    • Erin says

      This recipe is on the dry side, so depending on your elevation, maybe it cooked too long. You could always add some applesauce to the batter to make it more moist. I like your idea o blueberries and milk! That would be wonderful 🙂

  23. Bonnie says

    I used rolled oats because I didn’t have the old fashioned. I also had the quick oats and in retrospect, I should have used the quick. Anyway, they were edible but a bit on the dry side and not very sweet but I prefer that. However, I made them for my son and he said they were okay so feel bad about making a substitution that didn’t quite work. Use the old fashioned per recipe or I think the quick would probably work but no rolled oats for anyone who is reading this.

    Will try again when this batch is gone.

    • Erin says

      Good advice! I like this recipe because it’s not so sweet too, but for someone looking for something more sweet, they could definitely sub out the honey for the brown sugar. Also, it is on the drier side, but still very yummy in my opinion. You could try adding 1/4 cup apple sauce if you want it more moist. Enjoy!

  24. Julie says

    Just took them out of the oven and the house smells amazing! These are dense and thick and delicious! Almost like a hearty cake; I added mini chocolate chips, dried cranberries, cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg. I might try them in a slightly bigger pan the next time. Great recipe ?

    • Erin says

      I love your combination, Julie!! I’ll have to try it. Thanks for sharing. Yes, these do make the house smell amazing. Since they are so dense, they make a good breakfast 🙂 Enjoy!

    • Erin says

      Hi Asra, I image you could. The old-fashioned oats seems to add the right amount of texture to this recipe, but the flavor should be the same if you used quick cooking oats. Let me know how it goes! Erin

  25. Carole says

    Delicious! For the 1 cup of butter I used half butter and half of sugar free homemade apple sauce. I have made this twice in 7 days. 1st batch. For the fruits I added .5 cup of fresh diced cranberries and .5 cup of diced walnuts. 2nd batch for the fruits I added 1 cup of diced fresh peaches and 3 tablespoons of sunflower seeds. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

    • Erin says

      Oh, my goodness, Carole, I love your substitution of apple sauce and your fruit/nut/seed choices!! They sound amazing. Since you made it twice in a week, I’m guessing the apple sauce worked out well. I’m going to try that!

    • Erin says

      Great question, Shannon. I would think it would be fine. It may increase the cooking time slightly unless you bring it to room temperature first. Other than that, I’d say give it a try!

  26. Beth says

    These sound great and I love that they’re so simple and healthy! I’m going to make them today, planning on using half ww flour and half almond meal. 🙂

  27. CGBM says

    Made two batches yesterday. First one as you described, it was delicious. Second batch made with 1/3 cup of each, raisins, diced cranberries and walnuts, this was fabulous. Very versatile snack/dessert. Thank you for sharing this recipe, it is a hit with my family.

    • Erin says

      You’re welcome! That’s so great! Loved that you tried it twice now and customized the second batch to your liking. It sounds delicious! I agree, it’s a very versatile snack or dessert. My husband was just asking for it again yesterday! 🙂

    • Erin says

      This recipe is a family favorite. They get gobbled up so fast, I usually make a double batch. They take the place of packaged bars really well.

  28. Kate says

    These look truly amazing! I want to make them, but I would probably have to make a 1/2 batch, because I will want to eat them all at one time!

    • Erin says

      Yes, they are dangerously good, so a half batch may be the way to go 🙂 My husband asks for these all the time, so I know they’re good…and healthy 🙂

  29. Lianne Felton says

    I love your simple oatmeal bar recipe! And I also love how there’s a good amount of oats! Makes me feel like I’m eating healthier. I add chocolate chips and chopped walnuts and it’s a delicious dessert! Thank you!

    • Erin says

      Oatmeal bars seem like a simple treat, much can be so much more! Depending on what you put in they can be healthy too! Thanks for coming by Lianne.

  30. Stacy says

    Do you by chance have the nutritional info on these? We have made two batches so far and just love them…I’ve been using regular flour though bc I didn’t have any whole wheat ?

  31. Beth B says

    Made it this morning and it was extremely dry. Like, crumbly dry. The only difference from the recipe was I used gluten free flour. Would that have change the recipe that much?

    • Erin says

      I have read that purely subbing in gluten-free flour doesn’t always work. Because gluten is a structural protein, the products are often very tender and even crumbly if you just replace the flour that’s called for in the recipe with gluten-free flour. Many people use xanthan gum as a binder when baking gluten-free. I don’t know much about, but how that helps.

  32. Lynn says

    Hi Erin, you roped me in with those whoopie pies and then you shut the door with these oatmeal bars. What is it about oatmeal cookies and oatmeal bars…they just say ‘home’ and ‘cozy’…and in this case also ‘delicious!’. Thanks for adding to my recipe box…I’m putting them in my tailwind queue for future reference.

    Hugs, Lynn

    • Erin says

      Oh, yeah! I’m so glad. To store, layer bars between waxed paper in an airtight container. Store in the refrigerator 3-4 days. Let them come to room temperature before eating.

    • Irv says

      Hi I just made these and they are delicious. If I vacuum seal them would they last longer than 3-4 days at room temp? Or should I refrigerated them ?

      • Erin says

        I think they will last 3-4 days at room temperature. I’ve done it before, they they’re still good. For longer, I would vacuum seal.

  33. Anne says

    Hi Erin
    Thanks so much for linking up to Thriving on Thursdays last week. These oatmeal bars will go well in my children’s lunch box. They just returned back to school for the year. I’ll be sure to give your recipe a try. I’m featuring this post at tomorrow’s party. Hope to see you again.


  34. Kathryn says

    These are perfect for adding whole wheat flour. They look so delicious. I’m wishing I had a pan of them upstairs right now. Pinning this.

  35. DaisLikeThese says

    These look great! I am constantly spending a fortune buying shop bought cereal bars for my boys after school snacks, but I think I will get them to help me make these instead now! Thanks for sharing.

  36. Charlotte says

    These look so good! Oatmeal is one of our house favourites and as a runner I always love making energy bars with oatmeal! thanks for sharing your recipe they look delish!

  37. Nikki Frank-Hamilton says

    Erin, I am so pinning this! They look delish and I’m sure hubby knows best! LOL I am planning to sub in gluten free oats and flour, and I’m sure they will be yummy and fit into my gluten-less diet! So excited to try these!!!

  38. Jody says

    Yum, these look amazing! I love making my own cereal bars, will definitely have to put these on the list! Do you think I could use half butter, half coconut oil? Thanks for sharing!

    Visiting from the WAYWOW link party

  39. sue says

    Thanks Erin! I’m always looking for tasty but wholesome recipes and this one fits the bill. Great way to use oatmeal which is so good for us. #Waywow

  40. gigi says

    Those look so delicious! I love all oatmeal bars. The bars I normally make only have the oatmeal sprinkled on top,…so this will be different! Thank you!

  41. Grace says

    I love oatmeal, so I suspect I will also love these oatmeal bars. I have some oatmeal mixes that have dried fruit and nuts in them already. I’m thinking that could be a great addition.

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