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Apple-Oat Bars

Charmingly old-fashioned, these wholesome bars pair the comforting flavors of apples and oats. They’re the perfect snack to pack in a lunch box or enjoy with a cup of tea.



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1 ½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
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1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
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1 cup packed light brown sugar
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¾ tsp. baking powder
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½ tsp. salt
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½ tsp. ground cinnamon
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¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
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3 Tbs. vegetable oil
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⅓ cup apple cider or apple juice
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3 cups peeled, chopped tart apples, such as Granny Smith
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¼ cup coarsely chopped walnuts, toasted, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease 9-inch square baking pan, or coat with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Mix flour, oats, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg in mixing bowl. Using fork or fingertips, work in oil and cider until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. 
  3. Press about 1 1/2 cups oat mixture firmly into bottom of prepared pan. Sprinkle with apples. Mix walnuts into remaining oat mixture, sprinkle evenly over apples and pat into even layer.
  4. Bake 30 to 35 minutes, or until top is golden and apples are tender when pierced with a fork. Cool completely on a wire rack before cutting into bars. 

Nutrition Information: 

2 g
Total Fat: 
3 g
Saturated Fat: 
29 g
100 mg
1 g
16 g
Serves 16

Comments on this Recipe

My attemp turned out like Kate's, more like a cobbler. I would not recommend this recipe.

I was not impressed with this recipe. I followed the directions exactly, and it turned out more like an apple cobbler than "bars." The taste was bland and flour-y. I don't recommend it.

I have to say, the recipe is not very well proportioned, it needs a bit more moisture. The taste is not bad but he baker needs a bit more sense to get the right wetness.

I've had fabulous luck with these and think they are extremely easy to make and delicious!

I also have to say I didn't think these turned out very well at all, definitely not very flavourful and not a good texture!

I made this one time before and felt it was a little bland. So today I sauteed the apples in a little brown sugar and cinnamon before adding to the crumble. I also diced them in hopes of them breaking down a tad bit more. Much better!!

My family loves this. I'm thinking of reducing the sugar as we find it rather sweet. Also going to try with other fruits in season

Looks good!