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Jul 29, 2019

Oatmeal Pear Bars

These Oatmeal Pear Bars are a delicious "grab and go" breakfast for busy mornings. 

Oatmeal Pear Bars

Welcome to Back to School Treats Week! We are sharing lots of recipes perfect for Back to School. I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the #BacktoSchoolTreats week recipes. All opinions are my own.

Make a batch of these oatmeal pear bars on a Sunday afternoon, and after they cool, wrap them up and refrigerate to serve later for a quick breakfast.

These pear and oat bars also make a great after school snack. I love that they are made with pears too.  They are so sweet and fruity. You probably could use apples, but there is something elegant and wonderful about pears.

I'm a big fan of fruit filled bars, such as these cranberry crumble bars or these blackberry lemon bars. They are a really good excuse to have cookies for breakfast.... because they are shaped like bars, they are not really cookies, right?

Oatmeal Pear Bars on a baking pan

Recipe Ingredients:

You will need butter, flour, rolled oats, baking powder, salt, brown sugar, an egg yolk, vanilla, 2 cups of finely chopped pears, and maple syrup. 

  • For the vanilla, I used one of our prize sponsor's products, Taylor and Colledge Vanilla Bean Paste. I love their commitment to sustainable vanilla... and vanilla bean paste is the bomb. 
  • For the brown sugar, I used one of our prize sponsor's products, Dixie Crystals. They are such a wonderful and generous company with a fabulous history. 

Equipment Needed:

Oatmeal Pear Bars stacked on a plate

Tips for Making These Oatmeal Pear Bars:

  • First, the crust ingredients will seem really dry, and you will think that you should add more butter. Don't worry about it because once you layer on the pears, they will add a lot of moisture. 
  • Second, when you assemble the bars before baking, you will worry about the bars being too thin. Again, no worries because they will rise in the oven to just the right height. 
  • Finally, when you cook the diced pears, there will be a lot of excess liquid in the pan. you will worry about straining out all of that delicious juiciness. Trust me, there is plenty of juicy goodness left in the pears to add plenty of moisture to the bars. 

Oatmeal Pear Bars with brown sugar

This recipe makes 16 oatmeal pear bars. Pack up one or two bars, a hard boiled egg or a slice of ham, and a cup of coffee or tea, and you have the perfect commuter breakfast. 

These also are a wonderful after school snack... or you can serve them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a "healthy-ish" dessert.

Check out these #BacktoSchoolTreats recipes from our Bloggers: 

Back to School Breakfasts:
Baked Funfetti Doughnuts from Tara's Multicultural Table
Bakery Style Blueberry Muffins from Comfortably Domestic
Breakfast Cookies from Home Sweet Homestead
Brioche Bread Pudding from Simply Healthyish
Chocolate Chip Maple Pecan Granola from Family Around the Table
Chocolate Malt Waffles from A Day in the Life on the Farm
Coconut Oatmeal Breakfast Bars from The Beard and The Baker
Homemade Honey Buns from The Domestic Kitchen
Nutella Waffles with Strawberry Syrup from The Redhead Baker
Oatmeal Pear Bars from Karen's Kitchen Stories
PB&J Overnight Oats from Jolene's Recipe Journal
Peaches and Maple Crunch Breakfast Jars from My Sweet Zepol
Peanut Butter & Jelly Muffins from The Spiffy Cookie
Triple Berry Overnight French Toast from The Nifty Foodie

Back to School Snacks:
Lavender Rice Krispie Treats from Nik Snacks
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars from Simple and Savory

Back to School Desserts:
Almond Joy Cupcakes from Daily Dish Recipes
Back-to-School Sundae from Our Good Life
Caramel Apple Back to School Cupcakes from Big Bear's Wife
Caramel Apple Dip from The Mandatory Mooch
Chocolate Cupcakes with PB Fluff Buttercream from A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures
Chocolate Pudding & Caramel Parfait from Girl Abroad
Oatmeal Cream Pie Layer Cake from Love and Confections
Vanilla Bean Pudding Pops from Hardly A Goddess

Back to School Drinks:
Caramel Apple Iced Tea from For the Love of Food
Iced Apple Ginger Ale from Kelly Lynns Sweets and Treats
Iced Salted Caramel Latte from Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks

After the recipe, be sure to check out all of the wonderful opportunities to win some fabulous prizes and ingredients to take your recipes to new levels.

Oatmeal Pear Bars with brown sugar and maple syrup

Oatmeal Pear Bars Recipe

Yield: 16 bars
These Oatmeal Pear Bars are a delicious "grab and go" breakfast for busy mornings.


  • 3/4 cup (106 grams/3.75 ounces) all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup (70 grams/2 3/8 ounces) old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups peeled, cored, and finely diced pears (about 2 large or 3 medium pears)
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup


How to cook Oatmeal Pear Bars Recipe

  1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. 
  2. Spray an 8 inch square baking pan with spray oil.
  3. Line the pan with parchment paper, with the paper hanging over the edges of the pan on two sides. Spray the paper with spray oil. 
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, oats, baking powder, and salt. 
  5. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and brown sugar on medium speed, about 2 minutes, until light and fluffy. 
  6. Add the egg yolk and beat until combined. 
  7. On low speed, mix in the dry ingredients until combined. 
  8. Spread 2/3 of the mixture into the prepared pan and press down to make sure it is evenly spread over the bottom of the pan. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, until puffed and lightly browned. 
  9. In a sauce pan, cook the pears and the maple syrup over medium head for about 5 minutes. 
  10. Using a slotted spoon, spread the cooked pears over the top of the baked crust. Crumble the rest of the oatmeal mixture over the top of the pears. 
  11. Bake the pan for 15 to 20 minutes until the edges are slightly browned. 
  12. Cool completely in the pan. 
  13. Remove the 8 inch square baked ingredients from the pan by lifting up the foil. Cut into 16 bars with a large chef's knife. 
  14. Refrigerate leftovers for up to 5 days. 
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This recipe was adapted from the book, Kid Chef Bakes: The Kids Cookbook for Aspiring Bakers by Lisa Huff. For more information about the book, be sure to check out my review

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  1. I grew up with a pear tree so I would have loved these growing up for school!

  2. Definitely perfect to grab and go! That texture looks perfect.

  3. I feel sorry for pears. They take a constant back seat to apples and yet are so flavorful and perfect for everything that apples get to take part in.

    1. Totally agree with you. Justice for pears!

  4. Karen. These sound amazing. I think they would be perfect to take to my next Daughters of the American Revolution meeting.

  5. My husband would love these -- pears are his favorite fruit! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Agree with you, something about pears make any recipe so elegant! (nothing against apples, of course)

    I would love to have a piece or three of these, Karen!

  7. I love your tips for making these Karen- I am a big fan of bars for breakfast too!

  8. These pear bars are totally amazing! Love that I can have them straight for breakfast!

  9. I'm loving this flavor combination! I never think to bake with pears!

  10. Pears are such a nice change of pace from apples, which most people are more used to. The bars look delicious!

  11. I love that you used pears in these bars, they sound tasty!

  12. You had me at pears! They're one of my faves. Adding these to the must make list.


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