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Oatmeal Apple Breakfast Bars

This easy recipe for soft baked oatmeal apple breakfast bars is naturally sweetened & healthy for you! Vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free options too. :: DontWastetheCrumbs.com

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This easy recipe for soft-baked oatmeal apple breakfast bars is naturally sweetened & healthy for you! Vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free options too.

Ingredients

Scale
  • 2 large apples, diced for 2 cups (keep the cores and any leftover apple pieces)
  • 1 ½ cups whole grain flour (I used whole grain einkorn)
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 8 Tbsp butter
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Line a 9” x 9” glass baking dish with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon. Cut in the butter using two knives, your fingers, or the paddle blade. The mixture should resemble coarse breadcrumbs. Scoop out 1 cup and set aside.
  3. Add the oats and honey to the mixture in the bowl and use your fingers to mix together without creating a paste.
  4. Pour this mixture into the prepared pan and press down firmly and evenly to create a crust.
  5. Add apple cores and leftover apple pieces (if any) plus lemon juice and vanilla extract to a food processor blender and process until the mixture looks like thick applesauce. You will need about ¼ cup of this mixture, so add additional apple pieces if necessary.
  6. In a medium bowl, combine the pureed apple mixture with the diced apples and stir well. Pour evenly over the crust.
  7. Sprinkle the reserved crumb topping over the apples, pressing down lightly.
  8. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the topping is golden brown. Remove the bars from the oven and let them cool completely at room temperature, about 2 hours.
  9. For best results, place in the refrigerator for 2 hours before cutting.
  10. Makes 16 bars.

Notes

If you’re considering taking these to a fellowship meal, chill the recipe once it’s cooled to room temperature and then cut into bars. Store in the fridge and the bar shape will remain intact when brought to room temperature upon serving.

Keywords: oatmeal breakfast bars

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