Apple Oatmeal Bars: Make This a Fall Favorite

October 14, 2023   11 Comments

These apple oatmeal bars are for the crunchy leaves and crisp weather of fall. Don’t you start craving oatmeal when you have to rake your lawn?

Apple Oatmeal Bars: Make This a Fall Favorite

I do!! Here is my healthy baked oatmeal and my Crockpot oatmeal with old fashioned oats to help with fall cravings.

I have a new flower bed so I was out there with a new rake - trying not to destroy the bed as I scoop up all the leaves. This time of year it is a Sisyphean task but I don’t give up.

These bars are great if you have some apples hanging around in your house. I have been apple picking twice already (a great outdoor activity) and making everything apple.

I love the apple orchard. You can find me under the trees sampling all the different varieties of apples. Just when I think I have my favorite - I change it.

I use the parchment paper so I can easily lift them out of the pan. I have sort of fallen in love with parchment paper. It makes life so easy! I have had much less scrubbing to do since I started using it.

The apple oatmeal bars aren’t really crunchy. They are like a chewy granola bar because of the apples and the egg. I find these a nice change. If you want them to be sweeter, add 1/2 cup of raisins when you add the apples.

Do you make any bars with apples? What do you make?

Apple Oatmeal Bars Recipe

2.2 from 31 reviews

Makes 16 bars
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 35 min

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2 1/2 cups whole oats (old-fashioned)
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
1 cup apple cider
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1 large egg
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract


Heat oven to 350 F. Line a 9x13 casserole dish with parchment paper. Spray the paper with non-stick spray. In a large bowl mix together oats, flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. To the dry ingredients add the apples, cider, sugar, egg, vegetable oil, and vanilla. Mix until well combined. Spread the oat mixture in the casserole. Bake for 30-35 minutes until browned on the edges. Let the bars cool. Using the parchment paper, lift the bars out of the pan and cut them into 16 pieces. Store in an airtight container.

Nutrition Facts

One bar: 76 calories, 2.4 g fat, 0.5 g saturated fat, 12 g carbohydrates, 4.8 g sugar, 1.9 g protein, 1.4 g fiber, 45 mg sodium, 2 Green, 2 Blue, 1 Purple WW SmartPts

Points values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only. See all Snack Girl Recipes

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I like soft chewy granola bars better than hard crunchy bars. These homemade granola bars have only 11 common ingredients. What a great way to have a nice granola bar. Adding raisins sounds great. A good handful of nuts might be nice. Or even some peanut butter!

Adding dried cranberries would be nice, too. If you want a cranberry that is not so hard, soak some in boiling water for about 10 minutes, cool, squeeze out.

Could this be made with almond flour to lessen the carbs?

Sounds luscious but wondering if it could be made gluten free with GF oats and almond flour? Then I could share this with my daughter and co-workers.

@Denise & @BarbP - I think this would work with almond flour. GF oats are a great idea! I wish I had thought of it. Thanks for your questions!

Your kids are lucky to have you!
( you may show them this post) 😂
The bars look and sound delicious.

I wanted to let you know that I made these and they were great! I made them vegan by using a flax egg. I was too lazy to look for my brown sugar so I used coconut sugar instead. They got rave reviews from my non-vegan friends so a definite success!

Sounds good but is there anything else to use in place of apple cider? No one here is a fan of that or apple juice. We were thinking of trying orange juice or maybe cranberry.

Recently in a similar recipe I whirred the dry stuff for a flash in the cuis pretending it made the oats easier to metabolize. It made the texture lovely. What are your thoughts, Lisa? This is a very timely and inviting recipe…..

I am dying to try this recipe, going shopping today so will buy some apple cider and raisins (only missing ingredients).

My primary questions are can you use Lakonto sugars (both brown and classic)? Also, do these freeze well? (I'm afraid I may cheat and eat half of the pan since I eat alone! LOL) I'd really appreciate an answer and I love trying new breakfast ideas.


These oatmeal bars were so easy and delicious. Big hit!!!

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