Super Easy Oatmeal Jam Bars & an Award

As a food blogger, I try to keep my site somewhat versatile in an effort to appeal to a vast audience. Although My Baking Addiction’s primary focus is on homemade desserts and decent food photography, I do try to throw in the occasional side dish and also attempt to supply my lovely readers with easy, kid friendly recipes.

I know not everyone has time to make cupcakes from scratch or spend hours preparing a gazillion step Daring Bakers recipe. Although I am not a big user of boxed mixes, I do realize they come in very handy in many households and can produce some damn tasty desserts, which is why I post them from time to time.

Since I stalk sitemeter like it’s my job, I know the stats from my blog on a daily basis. I know what is getting a bunch of hits and what does not seem to be going over very well. Last week I received a ton of hits from stumbleupon for my Rocky Road Bars and being oh-so-curious, I checked the tags and ratings for the recipe. I realized that someone had stumbled the recipe and tagged it as trash because it contained a box mix.

Was I offended? Heck no, it cracked me up! And I would like to take a moment to personally thank that person for the stumble because it sent over a lot of traffic… so smooches to you, my anti-boxed cake mix friend, although I have no clue who you are!

Okay, enough of that randomness. In honor of the trash tag, I bring to you another boxed cake mix recipe. This one is ridiculously easy and perfect for a child foodie to make.

It uses very simple ingredients and produces a nicely textured, fruity bar. I used a lemon cake mix and blackberry jam (that is what I had on hand) which was decent, but the recipe as it is written with the yellow cake mix is much tastier, so definitely follow that route. I am thinking the combinations for this recipe are endless and I just bet some of you come up with some scrumptious versions!

Oatmeal Jam Bars


1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix
2 1/2 cups quick cooking oats
3/4 cup margarine, melted
1 cup raspberry jam
1 tablespoon water


1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Grease a 9"×13" inch pan.

2. In a large bowl, mix together oats, cake mix, and melted margarine so that it makes nice clumps and there is no dry mix left. Press 1/2 of the oats mixture evenly into the bottom the prepared pan. In a separate bowl, mix jam with water, and spread over the crust. Sprinkle the remaining oat mixture evenly over the top.

3. Bake in the preheated oven for 18 to 23 minutes, or until the top is lightly browned. Cool before cutting into bars.

- from allrecipes


The rules are as follows
1. Thank the person who has given you the award-goes without saying lol
2. Copy the logo and place it on your blog
3. Link to the person who has nominated you for the award
4. Name 7 things about yourself that people might find interesting
5. Nominate 7 Kreativ Bloggers
6. Post links to the 7 blogs you nominate
7. Leave a comment on which of the blogs to let them know they have been nominated

According to the rules, I have to post 7 things you may not know about me:
1. I am not a morning person.
2. I hate bugs with a passion and you will never catch me in a tent.
3. I love fountain pop, diet coke or regular…if I feel like living on the edge.
4. I have an obsession with crime shows, my absolute fave being Criminal Minds.
5. I teach children with emotional disturbances.
6. I love Cheetos…even the baked ones!
7. I treat my dog, Henry, like a child.

Okay, now I have to pass this off to 7 rad bloggers…Here are my nominations!
1. Maria from Two Peas in a Pod
2. Ingrid from Baseball Baking and Books
3. Em from The Repressed Pastry Chef
4. Sara from Sara’s Sweets
5. Avanika from YumsiliciousBakes
6. Eliana from A Chica Bakes
7. Cassie from How to Eat a Cupcake

You gals are all great and keep the recipes coming!!!

28 Responses to “Super Easy Oatmeal Jam Bars & an Award”

  1. Maria — July 13, 2009 at 8:57 am

    Ha! that is funny they tagged your bars as trash. I doubt anything you make is even near that category! Love the jam bars! Fun learning more about you too:)


  2. Sara — July 13, 2009 at 9:01 am

    That's so funny that someone "trash" tagged because of cake mix. I love cake mix and there is nothing wrong with it! :) These bars look great. I love that you used what you had on hand, it sounds like a great combo. Thanks SO MUCH for the award! I really appreciate it.


  3. Mireya — July 13, 2009 at 9:37 am

    These bars look fantastic!!


  4. Ingrid — July 13, 2009 at 9:43 am

    Okay, well, you know I've got NO problem with shortcuts, semi-homemade, or recipes that use box mixes. As a matter of fact as a busy mom of three I love when I find a good one! So thanks for sharing! Even better that my mini foodie can make these w/little help!

    THANK YOU for the award! :)


  5. Smitten Sugar — July 13, 2009 at 9:45 am

    These look great! And how super easy to pull together. Thanks for the recipe!


  6. Alison — July 13, 2009 at 10:19 am

    Funny….your top 3 "things to know" would be the same as mine! :) Anyway, just wanted to let you know that I love your blog, occasional cake mixes or not. I'm not afraid to use a shortcut now and then if the recipe is still good. In many ways, you have become my go-to when I'm wanting to try something new.

    I also really appreciate the advancement of your photography. One of these days, give us some info on that piece. I'm a basic point and shoot girl, but would love to expand my horizons.


  7. Jamie — July 13, 2009 at 10:27 am


    Thanks for your kind words!! In regards to the photography, I have gotten quite a few emails about this topic. However, I feel like a fraud giving out tips because I am by no means qualified to do so. I may post a very general entry about my equipment, set-up etc. in the near future. Thanks for commenting and stopping by!



  8. Engineer Baker — July 13, 2009 at 11:47 am

    How funny! While I don't tend to use box mixes, I do have a couple sitting on my shelves just in case. While scratch cakes are better, sometimes you just don't have the time! These look wonderful too, so maybe the mixes just have to be repurposed.


  9. sherri — July 13, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    I have all these ingredients so I will make this! I love junk recipes! One man's junk is another man's treasure!


  10. Amanda — July 13, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    Trash! That's hilarious. :) Cake mixes are just such a time-saver in fancy treats like this. Who doesn't love that?!

    I made a from scratch version of a blueberry oat bar last week and it got rave reviews too. Must be oatbar season.


  11. Donna-FFW — July 13, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    I adore using cake mixes, the recipes always work well. These sound delicious! I will be trying them.


  12. jillbert — July 13, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Well that's just mean. I have some recipes that doctor up a cake mix and they're good. This one looks great too!


  13. CaSaundraLeigh — July 13, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    Congrats on the award! This recipe sounds amazing, yet so easy =) Thanks for sharing!


  14. Pamela — July 13, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    Nothing wrong with the boxed mixes when the need arises. Besides, some times they are SO CHEAP it makes sense to have them…just in case. These bars look really yummy!


  15. pinkstripes — July 13, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    How funny that your post was tagged trash. I'm glad you are not taking it seriously.

    The jam bars look amazing.


  16. Rachel — July 13, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    OMG I LOVE that story about the "trash" tag–too funny! The bars look great!


  17. Parita — July 14, 2009 at 3:43 am

    Congo on the award, jam bar looks delicious, nice post :)


  18. Karen @ Mignardise — July 14, 2009 at 9:28 am

    Just want to say that I always enjoy your blog, and I don't care whether you use a mix (occasionally) or not. I have been known to use sauce from a jar (sshhhh).


  19. Faith — July 14, 2009 at 11:59 am

    These bars look scrumptious! Jam bars are a real favorite of mine!


  20. Eliana — July 16, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    Thank you so much for the love Jamie. Coming from you it means a whole lot. And your bars – two words – picture perfect!


  21. Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] — July 17, 2009 at 2:32 am

    I love what a positive approach you've taken to this! Congrats on the award, and thanks for giving me one! I really appreciate it :)


  22. mary0509 — July 19, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Ironic! I was looking for a way to semi-homemake a (really old-fashion) Blackberry Jam cake and was confused on which flavor CAKE MIX I should try and there you were with your jam bars from cake mix. I will try the yellow mix first. Thanks so much. (This was my first time reading a blog)


  23. meezermeowmy — July 19, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    Back in 1959 the neighbor's man of the house insisted that they have cake every week, and "No box cake will ever be in MY house!" He bragged on and on about his wife's delicious cakes.

    Of course, they threw the boxes away at our house so he didn't know. Heh!


  24. Laurance — July 21, 2009 at 4:34 am

    These bar are fabulous.


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  25. Maria — January 16, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    I made these bars couple of times , they are fabulous , thank you so much I’m a big fan , unfortunately all I have today is a vanilla cake mix
    box , will it gave me the same result instead of the yellow cake mix ???


    • Jamie — January 17, 2014 at 8:13 pm

      I think that will be completely fine. Enjoy and thanks so much for stopping by!

  26. Katie — July 17, 2014 at 9:04 am

    So I tried this with a gluten-free cake mix (my son and I have celiac disease) and other than needing to add more butter/margarine than is called for, it worked just fine. Anyone making this option would also need to use gluten-free oats. These were great, my family of eight vacuumed them right up! Thank you!


  27. Peg — February 5, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    Having such a great time with this recipe! I just found it a few weeks ago and the third batch is in the oven right now! The first time I followed the recipe almost exactly – yellow cake mix with raspberry jam – I just sprinkled a cup of mini choco chips on the jam before the topping. Huge hit with choco-loving husband and my young great-nephews! The next version was a chocolate cake mix with strawberry jelly – another win. Then, my niece used apple butter with a spice cake mix. My newest rendition is a lemon cake mix with quince jelly. I am sure it will be great too! I try to bake from scratch but too often time is at a premium. That’s when cake mixes can be magic! This will now be my go-to recipe when I need a quick pan of great cookies! Thanks!


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