{Healthier} Apple Pie Oatmeal Bars

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October 7, 2015 3 Comments

These Apple Pie Oatmeal Bars are to die for and healthier than usual. Made without refined sugar + options to turn gluten free | Find the recipe on NotEnoughCinnamon.com

I always say to people half-jokingly that I can’t resist a good creamy cheese (camembert would be my favorite!) or a few slices of saucisson, but I can have the most appetizing cake in front of me and not even pay attention to it. I just don’t have a very sweet tooth. Lucky me, I guess! It’s easier when I only have the savories to test my self-control! Except…these apple pie oatmeal bars are definitely an exception. I did have them in front of me and I did pay attention to them. Probably too much actually, before they ended up in food jail aka the freezer. Out of sight, out of mind right?

These Apple Pie Oatmeal Bars are to die for and healthier than usual. Made without refined sugar + options to turn gluten free | Find the recipe on NotEnoughCinnamon.com

I just can’t get enough of the combination of apples and cinnamon. It’s just too good and comforting! And don’t get me started on the smell when they’re baking in the oven. Pure bliss. If baked treats were human, these apple pie oatmeal bars would be the children of an apple crisp and an apple pie. Streusel-like oatmeal topping made even crispier by using pecan nuts + a thick layer of melt-in-your-mouth apples. Solal had 3 in just one afternoon and I…won’t tell you how many I had. Otherwise you may think that I’m trying to sell you this recipe. Oh, wait…!

These Apple Pie Oatmeal Bars are to die for and healthier than usual. Made without refined sugar + options to turn gluten free | Find the recipe on NotEnoughCinnamon.com

{Healthier} Apple Pie Oatmeal Bars

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Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Yield: Makes 15 bars

Serving Size: 1 bar

{Healthier} Apple Pie Oatmeal Bars

Cal: 310 - Protein: 4.6g - Fat: 8.9g - Carbs: 40.4g - Fiber: 3g - Sugar: 18g
WW Old Points: 6 pts - Points+: 7 pts

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar (or brown sugar) - see notes
  • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (you can also use all-purpose gluten free flour) - see notes
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 7 oz - 200 g unsalted butter, chilled, cut into cubes
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup pecans, roughly chopped
  • Filling
  • 4 baking apples, peeled and sliced very thinly (I used a combination of golden delicious and granny smith)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp all-purpose flour (you can also use all-purpose gluten free flour - see notes)
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 356F - 180C. Line a 2 quart (18x28 cm) rectangular baking dish (like this one) with parchment paper for easy unmolding. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine coconut sugar, oats, flour, salt and baking powder. Add butter and mix until crumbly and butter is incorporated. You can use a pastry cutter for that. I don't own one so I just used my fingertips.
  3. Distrube half of the mixture in the prepared baking dish and press it down firmly on the bottom with the palm of your hands. Set aside remaining oat mixture. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool. (Keep the oven on)
  4. While crust is cooking, prepare filling. In a large bowl, combine sliced apples, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, honey and maple syrup. Toss until apples are well coated.
  5. Arrange apples on crust. It will probably look like there are too many apple slices so layer them tightly. Drizzle leftover syrup over apples.
  6. Add pecans to the remaining oat mixture, and mix until pecans are well distributed. Top apples with oat mixture and bake at 356F - 180C for 45 minutes or until topping is golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool before cutting into 15 slices (5x3).

Notes

– Flour – I tested this recipe using regular all-purpose flour and Bob's Red Mill All Purpose Gluten Free Flour and both were great. Please note that if you use another brand of GF flour, results could be slightly different as ingredients are not always the same.

– Sugar – Coconut sugar has a light caramel/butterscotch flavor that makes these bars even tastier and is healthier than refined sugar. You can replace it with brown sugar, but I tested the recipe using coconut sugar.

If you want to serve these bars with a caramel sauce, I recommend this recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction (but it's not refined sugar free)

https://notenoughcinnamon.com/2015/10/07/healthier-apple-pie-oatmeal-bars/

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