Healthy Apple Oatmeal Bars

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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!

Cinnamon apple oatmeal bars served with strawberries and blackberries.

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.

Step By Step Instructions

  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

Ingredient Substitutions

  • Peanut butter: The peanut butter may be replaced with any nut butter, seed-based butter, or granola 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. If you are omitting maple syrup, add an extra 1 to 2 tablespoons of applesauce to make up for the loss of moisture.
Healthy apple oatmeal bars served with berries

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 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. Alternatively, you can use these silicone mini bar molds.
  • 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

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the texture of these bars?

These bars are soft-textured and perfect for little ones to bite and chew. They are not crunchy like a typical granola bar.

Can I omit the maple syrup for a young baby?

Yes! The maple syrup is for added sweetness but can be omitted as the bars will still have some natural sweetness from the applesauce and grated apples. If you are omitting maple syrup, add an extra 1 to 2 tablespoons of applesauce to make up for the loss of moisture.

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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!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 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 the largest hole of 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. Alternatively, you can use these silicone mini bar molds.
    • 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

Calories: 102.39kcal, Carbohydrates: 16.7g, Protein: 2.71g, Fat: 3.08g, Saturated Fat: 0.58g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.86g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1.33g, Sodium: 46.36mg, Potassium: 102.06mg, Fiber: 1.56g, Sugar: 6.79g, Vitamin A: 7.54IU, Vitamin C: 0.47mg, Calcium: 33.71mg, Iron: 0.66mg
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Until next time, Lily!

About Lily Payen

Hi, I’m Lily! The mama behind Feeding Tiny Bellies. I’m here to help you take some of the stress out of meal times for your little ones. My goal is to create simple recipes with baby in mind that can easily be adapted for the entire family.

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37 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Tried this today. My twin toddlers both were asking for more. Definitely will be making a bigger batch next time!

  2. hi could this recipe be used to make my bird cake i have lots of apples we throw away every fall i used to mixe lard to hold every thing together but could the apple sauce replace the fat ingredient to bind every ting the ingredient are similar oat,corn,seed,flower i make 80 cake twice in winter i freeze my 2 pound container i do not cook give me your input thank you

    1. I’m so glad that you liked them! You can either microwave for a few seconds or you can thaw them in the fridge or counter overnight! I usually microwave for a quicker thaw and let them cool before serving😊

  3. 5 stars
    These are so great! My 16 month old loves them she asked for more! Im having a hard time finding snacks she enjoys definitely a thumbs up! I just left the peanut butter out because she can’t have nuts, still great!

    1. I’m so happy to hear that your little one loved these and that they still turned out well without the peanut butter!😊