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4 from 3 votes

Jammy Oat Bars, breakfast or a snack

A flapjack with a jam layer. Great for breakfast or in a lunchbox 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Keyword: budget meals, cheap family recipes, family, savoury, side dish, vegan, vegetarian
Dietary Requirements: Dairy Free, Nut Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Other: Freezes Well
Servings: 18 squares
Calories: 174kcal
Author: Thrifty Lesley
Cost: 3p



  • 130 g flour 45p/1.5kg, 4p, self raising
  • 45 g sugar 65p/1kg, 3p
  • 130 ml veg oil £1.09/1 litre, 14p
  • 250 g oats 75p/kg, 19p
  • 150 g jam 28p/454g, 9p
  • 1 pinch salt


  • Mix everything except the jam together.
  • Grease your tin if not using silicone.
  • Spoon half the mixture into your baking tin and press well down with a spoon.
  • Spread over the jam
  • Spoon in the remaining half of mix and press well down again.
  • Bake at 180C/160C fan/gas 4 for 20 minutes
  • Click here to start a 20 minute timer


Costed at Asda October 2019
In line with current thinking, I've reduced the sugar in this recipe to half what it was. If you prefer a different taste, increase it back up again
You could add vanilla to this mix, or cinnamon, mixed spice or ginger
A layer of dried fruit would work, sultanas, chopped dried apple, dates or figs. I would put the dried fruit in a pan, add a good splash of water, and cook it down to a pulp.
If you have apples or pears from the garden, cook some down to a thick puree and use that
At Christmas time, a layer of mincemeat instead of jam would make a festive bake
If you prefer savoury flavours to sweet ones, all sorts of options would be easy to make too. A good layer of caramelised onions; buttery mashed carrot or parsnip; add sweet chilli sauce or my favourite Pataks aubergine pickle to the oats; or garlic, chilli and ginger; or 2 or 3 tblsps of a Pataks curry paste. How about actual leftover curry in the middle!
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Calories: 174kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 64mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg