These healthy apple oatmeal bars are quick to whip up and are great to serve for breakfast or a snack! They are soft textured and perfect for little hands to hold!

Healthy apple oatmeal bars with peanut butter drizzle

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Granola bars can get pretty pricey and many of the ones on the market contain several unnecessary ingredients and a ton of sugar. These apple oatmeal bars are made with simple everyday ingredients that you likely have on hand and are packed with healthy fats!

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

Here is what you’ll need to make these healthy apple oatmeal bars:

Ingredients to make healthy apple oatmeal bars
  • Apples: The main star of the show in these bars! I like to use a naturally sweet apple like Honeycrisp or Fuji apples for the best sweetness.
  • Applesauce: For more added natural apple flavor. Use an unsweetened, natural applesauce.
  • Peanut Butter: For added healthy fats and flavor. Use an all natural peanut butter that doesn’t contain added ingredients or sugar.
  • Rolled Oats: I use equal parts whole rolled oats and oat flour. You can make your own oat flour by grinding up rolled oats into a flour like texture. Gluten-free rolled oats make these bars gluten-free.
  • Maple Syrup: For added sweetness to the bars.
  • Cinnamon: Provides an extra warm spice and subtle sweetness.
  • Baking Powder: Leavening agent to help the bars rise.

PROCESS

  1. Combine the rolled oats, oat flour, cinnamon and baking powder in a bowl until combined.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the applesauce, peanut butter and maple syrup until smooth. Grate the apple using a box/cheese grater.
  3. Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients along with the grated apples. Mix until combined.
  4. Press this mixture into a parchment paper lined pan loaf pan. Use a spatula to flatten and evenly smooth out the top.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown.
  6. Allow it to cool completely before slicing into bars.
Steps to make healthy apple oatmeal bars

STORAGE INSTRUCTIONS

Once cooled, slice into bars and store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4-5 days. To freeze, store in a freezer-safe Ziploc bag for up to 3 months.

Healthy apple oatmeal bars served with berries

SUBSTITUTIONS

  • Peanut butter: The peanut butter may be replaced with any nut butter or seed-based butter.
  • Maple Syrup: The maple syrup may be replaced with honey (if you are serving the bars to little ones over the age of 1). If you prefer not to add any sweetener, you can omit the maple syrup, but be mindful that the bars will not be as sweet.
Healthy apple oat bars

RECIPE NOTES

  • Use all natural peanut butter with peanuts listed as the ingredient. I highly suggest drizzling the top of the bars with some peanut butter for added flavor.
  • Use naturally sweet apples (like Honeycrisp or Fuji apples) for the best flavor and added sweetness to the bars.
  • I used a 9 by 5 loaf pan for this recipe, but you may use an 8 by 8 brownie pan for a thinner bar.
  • The combination of oats and oat flour help the bars bind together better. If you do not have oat flour, just blend rolled oats into a flour like consistency!
Apple oatmeal bars with peanut butter drizzle

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Healthy apple oatmeal bars with peanut butter drizzle

Healthy Apple Oatmeal Bars

These healthy apple oatmeal bars are quick to whip up and are great to serve for breakfast or a snack! They are soft textured and perfect for little hands to hold!
5 from 7 votes
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Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple oatmeal bars, breakfast bars
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8 bars

Ingredients 

  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup oat flour
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • ½ cup grated apples about 1 medium or half of 1 large apple

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).
  • Combine the rolled oats, oat flour, cinnamon and baking powder in a bowl until combined.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the applesauce, peanut butter and maple syrup until smooth. Grate the apple using a box/cheese grater.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients along with the grated apples. Mix until combined.
  • Press this mixture into a parchment paper lined pan loaf pan. Use a spatula to flatten and evenly smooth out the top.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown.
  • Allow it to cool completely before slicing into bars.

Notes

  • Use all natural peanut butter with peanuts listed as the ingredient. I highly suggest drizzling the top of the bars with some peanut butter for added flavor.
  • Use naturally sweet apples (like Honeycrisp or Fuji apples) for the best flavor and added sweetness to the bars.
  • I used a 9 by 5 loaf pan for this recipe, but you may use an 8 by 8 brownie pan for a thinner bar.
  • The combination of oats and oat flour help the bars bind together better. If you do not have oat flour, just blend rolled oats into a flour like consistency!

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Healthy Apple Oatmeal Bars
Amount per Serving
Calories
102.39
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
3.08
g
5
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.58
g
4
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.86
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
1.33
g
Sodium
 
46.36
mg
2
%
Potassium
 
102.06
mg
3
%
Carbohydrates
 
16.7
g
6
%
Fiber
 
1.56
g
7
%
Sugar
 
6.79
g
8
%
Protein
 
2.71
g
5
%
Vitamin A
 
7.54
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
0.47
mg
1
%
Calcium
 
33.71
mg
3
%
Iron
 
0.66
mg
4
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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20 Comments

    1. Hi! I’ve only tested out these bars with rolled oats, so I’m not sure how they would turn out using a different type of flour but the combination of rolled oats and oat flour do help with the overall texture of the bar!

    1. Hi! I haven’t tested out replacing applesauce with butter but the applesauce also provides main flavor for these apple bars so I wouldn’t suggest that substitution to retain the same taste. Hope that helps!

    1. Hi Celia! The peanut butter in these bars is just natural peanut butter (the kind with only peanuts and salt listed as the ingredients). Those variations tend to be more runny in texture and I usually drizzle it on top with a ziploc bag with corner tip cut off!😊

      1. 5 stars
        Thank you! Made this today and my toddler and I devoured it! Thanks for another delicious easy recipe!

  1. 5 stars
    I just made these today for my 16-month old & they are already a favorite. The batter smells so good even before baking! The bars are the perfect size for snacks. I will definitely be making these again.

    1. Hi Trina! Yes, you can use 1 cup of oats but I would recommend taking 1/2 cup of oats, blending it into a flour, and then combining it with the rolled oats to get the same texture of the bars!

    1. Hi! Yes you can definitely omit the maple syrup, they will just be less sweet but will still get natural sweetness from the applesauce and grated apples😊

    1. Yes, they can! Once cooled, slice into bars and store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4-5 days. To freeze, store in a freezer-safe Ziploc bag for up to 3 months.

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