Raspberry Crumb Breakfast Bars

Guess what?

These are breakfast bars (and they have brown sugar and butter in them).
I normally think of breakfast as a healthy meal (when I'm not eating waffles, pancakes or crepes) but can easily be swayed.

The crumbly oats, tart raspberries and hint of lemon make these bars irresistible.

The title told me these are for breakfast and let me tell you, I ate a lot of breakfast today.

Raspberry Crumb Breakfast Bars
Adapted from: Sweet Pea's Kitchen via Baked


1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1 1/4 cups rolled oats
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces

Raspberry Mixture
1/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 pound raspberries, fresh or frozen
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled


Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter the bottom and sides of a 9-by-13-inch glass or light-colored metal baking pan. Put a long piece of parchment paper in the bottom of the pan, letting the parchment extend up the two short sides of the pan and overhang slightly on both ends. (This will make it easy to remove the bars from the pan after they have baked.) Butter the parchment.

Put the flour, brown sugar, oats, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon in a food processor. Pulse in short bursts until combined. Add the butter and pulse until loose crumbs form.

Reserve 1 cup of the mixture and set aside. Pour the rest of the mixture into the prepared pan and use your hands or the back of a large wooden spoon to push the crust into an even layer at the bottom of the pan. The crust should touch the sides of the pan. Bake until golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let the crust cool. Keep the oven on while you make the raspberry filling.

In a medium bowl, whisk the sugar, lemon zest, cinnamon and flour together. Add the raspberries, lemon juice and butter and use your hands to toss gently until the raspberries are evenly coated. Spread the raspberry filling evenly on top of the cooled crust. Sprinkle the reserved 1 cup crust mixture evenly on top of the filling.

Bake for 35 to 45 minutes, rotating the pan every 15 minutes, until the top is golden brown and the filling starts to bubble around the edges. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely, then cut into squares and serve. The bars can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to two days.

Delicious and nutritious...



  1. ... my oh myyyyyy. Can I have 2 breakfasts this morning? And for lunc too?? ... haven't been here in a while, and am thinking I need to get out my pen and paper.

    SO proud of your culinary skills, Mary. You've really found your calling!!


  2. Wow1 I could have it anytime of the day! First time here, have a nice day!

  3. Those look so good! It looks like a great breakfast to me! Nutritious and actually tastes good.

  4. Unlike my husband who will only eat scrambled eggs for breakfast, I am always in for delicious sweets at breakfast time! These look SO yummy. Love raspberry and love bars! Can't wait to try it!

  5. Mmmmmmm these look just delicious. Diane

  6. I would be eating a lot of breakfast too, if I had these yummy bars in my kitchen. With raspberries, lemon, and oats - they are nutritious, too - cute post!

  7. Where do you come up with these genius recipes?! I love these. This is a very creative and fun way to start the morning.

    xo M

  8. Mmmmmmm -- cookies for breakfast, yay! :) They look so yummy, perfect with a morning cup of coffee.

  9. O wow, I'm usually not a fruit-in-bars kind of person but these look divine! I love the addition of the lemon.

  10. Breakfast, dessert, really, what's the difference? Bet these were an incredible way to start your day!

  11. These sound wonderful! A sweet way to start the day.

  12. Mmmm I've made these before too... and they are SO GOOD!

  13. Great looking bars! I love the lemon and cinnamon in the raspberry mixture....

  14. I love bars! And I'm digging the raspberry flavor, too.

  15. Yup, I could definitely eat a whole pan for breakfast! XX!

  16. OMG I can't wait to make these!!


  17. I would take these over cereal or pancakes any day of the week!! ;-)

    And sweetie, will you stop by new blog and fill out where you're located?

  18. Yum, I want one! I definitely will have to try these!

  19. Mmmmmm they look so yummy, I want one now! Lol

  20. oooo wow they look really easy to make!! I really want to try these!

    Char x

  21. I've made these, but I used black raspberries. Yours turned out so much prettier than mine though...mine were kind of a mess - a delicious mess at least :)

  22. Ooooh!!! I'd love to try this!! I bet it's sooo tasty... Thank you! ~

  23. That looks Delicious and healthy...
    Is that really hard to make?


  24. ahhh finally a perfect excuse to eat "cake" for breakfast! this looks so yummy and I am such a huge fan of brown sugar!! (too bad I am detoxing for another 9 days)

    xox Vicky
    Bikinis & Passports

  25. oh these I know I would love! Yummy crispy and creamy! I think I may be swayed too!

  26. If you tell me they're for breakfast, I believe you. Who am I to argue...LOL (They look delicious!)

  27. YUM!!!
    These look & sound amazing!

    Thank you for your kind words, I really appreciate them xo

  28. I wish it was breakfast already! :)

    Love Grace.

  29. i love your blog! :D yummy!

    hope you come visit me and follow my blog too! thanks.

  30. Mary I'm not exactly sure how I missed this, but suffice it to say I was robbed.

    These look great. Yummy!


  31. These look so good! I definitely want to try this recipe soon! Do you think I could substitute blueberries for raspberries?

  32. This looks delish!!! I'm so happy I found your blog...my butt will probably say otherwise after I devour these sweet treats LOL! -Danielle

  33. These look amazing! If these are breakfast, than I change my mind, I do like breakfast food!


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