Raspberry Oatmeal Bars | Mostly Homemade Mom

Raspberry Oatmeal Bars

April 21, 2015
Easy boxed cake mix with oatmeal, raspberry jam, and an icing drizzle. A great lunch box or after school snack!

We have a bunch a small road trips coming up this spring and summer. So naturally I'm on the hunt for great snacks I can make for us to take along in the car with us. 

This weekend we're traveling to celebrate the wedding of two of our closest friends - the boys are going to be ring bearers. Pray for me! In June we're heading "down the shore" for a week vacation with our whole family. And then in July we'll be staying at a local campground to celebrate Wesley's birthday. That's not including all the T-ball games and then soccer practices that start up mid-summer.

Needless to say, we'll be in the car a lot in the coming months!

We do enjoy eating out when we're away, and I want to leave time and opportunities for us to do that as well, but when we're in the car for a long drive... well, you know how it is. The kids are bored and the only thing that seems to appease them is food and their tablets!

I'm planning on stocking up a small cooler with random snacks I find at our local grocery outlet, juice pouches, cans of soda (for me and Paul), and a few homemade treats. These Raspberry Oatmeal Bars are perfect! Starting with a cake mix, they really can't be any easier to make and you can certainly change the flavor of the jam from raspberry to strawberry or even orange marmalade - whatever is your family's favorite!

Raspberry Oatmeal Bars

  • 15 oz box yellow cake mix
  • 2 1/2 cups quick cooking oats
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 12 oz jar raspberry jam
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 - 4 tablespoons milk
Cooking Directions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine dry cake mix and oats. Stir in melted butter and mix until crumbly.
  2. Press half of mixture into the bottom of a greased 9 x 13 baking dish. In a small bowl, whisk together raspberry jam and water. Spread evenly over bottom layer of oatmeal mixture.
  3. Crumble remaining oatmeal mixture of the top, pressing down firmly over the top. Bake at 375 for 20 minutes.
  4. When cool, stir together in a small bowl powdered sugar and milk, one tablespoon at a time, until you get a drizzle consistency. Drizzle icing evenly over bars. Allow icing to cool before slicing into bars.
  5. Serve immediately or wrap with plastic wrap in individual bars.

These bars are SO good and they're really easy and quick to whip up for an impromptu car trip!

Here are some more of my favorite road trip snacks:

Coconut Oil Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Trail Mix Cookies

Lunchbox Smores Bars

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3 comments on "Raspberry Oatmeal Bars"
  1. Beautiful raspberry bars....these will be perfect for all your travels (and mine too.) Love the ease of the cake mix and the healthy oats, great combination. Can't wait to try this yummy recipe!

  2. cathy- Noble PigJune 15, 2015 at 9:02 PM

    This are so great to have a round when the snacking bug hits!

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