Apple oatmeal bars

2 Feb

Alex always tries to eat healthy foods during the day. Then he comes home and eats whatever he wants for dinner (like a half pan of lasagna or 10 slices of pizza, I swear we eat more food than a household of 6). He claims that eating healthy snacks during the day helps him to reserve calories for his favorite meal. I, personally, don’t think that’s the best diet in the world but he swears that it helps him to keep in shape. Whatever works for him, I guess. So what does he pack for work? An apple, banana and usually a granola bar but sometimes a bag of crackers.

At the end of the work week, we almost always have leftover fruit. I hate just throwing stuff away so I use the apples and bananas to try to create new dessert recipes. Recently I have made banana chocolate chip cookies (OK but not great), apple dumplings using biscuit mix (pretty good), and apple oatmeal bars. The bars were definitely the best. We had them for dessert one night but they also were a great breakfast. Plus they are healthy!


Apple Oatmeal Bars
12 servings

3/4 cups packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1/2 cup shortening or margarine, room temperature
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
3 cups old-fashioned or quick-cooking oats
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
1 1/2 cup apples, diced (I used gala apples)

1. Heat the oven to 350°F.
2. In a large bowl, mix the brown sugar, butter, baking soda, cinnamon, vanilla, salt and eggs on medium speed.
3. Stir in the oats, flour and apples until mixed.
4. Grease a 9×13 inch baking pan and press the dough into the pan.
5. Bake 17-20 minutes or until light brown. Allow the pan to cool before cutting.


2 Responses to “Apple oatmeal bars”

  1. leah77 February 3, 2013 at 12:59 am #

    Oh goodness! These sound delicious!

  2. Danielle April 13, 2014 at 4:56 am #

    I made this to have a easy and convenient breakfast for on the go. This was amazingly delicious. I made some modufications by increasing the amount of vanilla to 1 tbsp as well as increasing the amount of cinnamon to 1 1/2 tsp. This recipe is definitely going to be party of my regular rotation. Thank you for sharing this great recipe.

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