Apple oatmeal bars are a delicious apple pie filling that is sandwiched between two layers of this delicious rolled oatmeal base and baked to golden perfection. So when you slice into these apple oat bars, you get that gooey apple pie filling center. These are the perfect dessert or even for easy breakfasts for kids on the go.
Now you could make your own pie filling with granny smith apples or any other kind of apples you like. But I love buying canned pie filling as it makes this such an easy recipe. Just prep, pour in prepared pan, and bake. The even layer of oats to the sweet apple filling is just incredible. Try these easy oatmeal bars today.
You have to try out my cherry oatmeal bars or even my easy blueberry oatmeal bars. If you love oats the way our family does, then you will love these bars. We always keep old fashioned oatmeal and quick oats on hand for desserts like these.
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Why you’ll love these apple oat bars
- Chewy bars
- Can be a healthy apple cinnamon oatmeal bars (just slice fresh apples instead of pie filling)
- Oatmeal breakfast bars or an easy oatmeal bars for dessert
- Kid friendly
- Great for school days snacking
- Delicious apple desserts
Ingredients for Apple Oatmeal Bars
- Light Brown Sugar – So I used light brown sugar for this but to make this a healthy oatmeal bar, you can use coconut sugar.
- Flour –I used an all purpose flour for this bar recipe.
- Baking Soda
- Rolled Oats – Rolled oats are like an old fashioned oatmeal. It is going to be whole oats that will offer a chewy texture to the bars.
- Vanilla – This sweetens the bars just a little bit and helps to blend all the flavors together.
- Butter – I used softened butter; make sure it is real butter and not margarine.
- Apple Pie Filling – Reach for canned pie filling or homemade pie filling.
How To Make Apple Oatmeal Bars
The complete list of ingredients, quantities, and instructions can be found in the printable recipe card below.
Step One: Preheat the oven and then line your 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper.
Step Two: Next in a medium bowl add your brown sugar, baking soda, salt, and oats. Mix to combine.
Step Three: Stir and then incorporate the butter to create a crumbly texture.
Step Four: Press half of it in the bottom of the baking dish. Make sure it is pressed tightly to hold shape.
Step Five: Add pie filling and then sprinkle the remaining oats on top, pressing into the apples.
Step Six: Bake as directed and then allow the bars to cool then slice and serve.
How to Store
I recommend storing your healthy oatmeal bars in an airtight container in the fridge. I find they store best and can last up to 5-7 days. Then you can eat the bars cold or warm them up in the microwave for a fresh out of the oven temperature.
Or you can freeze these bars for 3-4 months. Just place in a freezer container and then thaw in the fridge overnight.
Tips and tricks
- Swap brown sugar with pure maple syrup if you want.
- Make sure to lightly press the remaining oat mixture lightly into the pie filling.
- Drizzle with a caramel sauce on top of the apples.
- You can use fresh apples that are sliced if you have excess apples for apple season.
- Add in some white chocolate chips on top of apples to make it more of a dessert.
- You can add on a layer of almond butter on top of the oatmeal crust for more flavor. I also love doing peanut butter caramel as well.
Use a 9×13 baking dish if you want to double the recipe. Just bake the oat bars the same as you would. If need be extend the cooking time a bit.
Yes, any flavor of pie filling works for this oatmeal bar recipe. Have fun and get creative with flavors.
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Apple Oatmeal Bars
- ½ cup (110 g) light brown sugar or coconut sugar
- 1 cup (136 g) flour or gluten free flour
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup (81 g) rolled oats
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup (113 ½ g) butter softened
- ¾ cup (177 3/7 g) apple pie filling
- Preheat oven to 350 °F (177 °C) and line 8×8 square baking dish with parchment paper
- Combine brown sugar, flour, baking soda, salt, and oats
- Stir or use hands to incorporate butter until the mixture is crumbly
- Press 2 cups into bottom of baking dish
- Next, evenly spread filling to ¼ inch from edge
- Sprinkle on remaining crumb mixture and lightly press into jam
- Bake 30-40 minutes until light brown
- Cool, cut into bars and serve
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