Apple and Oatmeal Bars

apple and oatmeal barsI’ve gone a little bit apple crazy this month, even though it’s not strictly apple season. I ordered extra apples in my CSA box this past week which I made a huge batch of apple sauce with and today, I made this simple and delicious apple and oatmeal bar with the applesauce too.

I’m always trying to find healthy snacks for my family that aren’t filled with sugar and are nutritious and will fill them up and give them energy. The apple and oatmeal bars are easy to make with ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen and will last you a few days. They are also easy to pop into lunch boxes or have for breakfast if you are pressed for time.

This recipe is forgiving enough that you can add in different fresh and dried fruit (I imagine pear and figs would be delicious here) and spices (allspice or nutmeg for example). You could even add an extra 1/2 cup of sunflower seeds too. This recipe is vegetarian, vegan and dairy free and perfect if you are on any clean eating or detox program.

Apple and Oatmeal Bars (adapted from this Whole Foods recipe)

Ingredients

2 cups unsweetened almond milk
1 1/2 cups of steel cut oats
1/2 cup ground flax seeds or 1/4 cup chia seeds
1 1/2 cups of chunky applesauce or 2 medium apples, grated
1/2 cup raisins or unsweetened cranberries
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
A pinch of sea salt

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients. You can soak the steel cut oats for a few hours before but you don’t need to. The mixture will be quite runny – you won’t believe it will become a bar, but it will!
  3. Pour into a parchment lined pan – either 8×8 inches or 9×9 inches.
  4. Bake for at least an hour or until the mixture is firm and the top is medium brown. The top should be a little crunchy but the rest of the bar will be soft.
  5. Remove from oven and cool. When cool, slice into 16 squares and store in a glass container in the fridge.
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