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Oatmeal Bars

February 28, 2020

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Oatmeal Bars with an applesauce filling are easy to make and delicious for snacking. These bars are always a hit with even the pickiest of eaters! Made with an oatmeal crust and an oatmeal crumb topping. 

A white plate with a stack of oat dessert bars and fresh apples behind the plate.

I started cleaning out my pantry last weekend. I found several jars of homemade applesauce I canned two years ago.

My kids don’t eat nearly the amount of applesauce they used to eat. I decided to make  applesauce oatmeal bars to use up some of that extra applesauce. 

A glass baking dish filled with an oatmeal dessert.

These easy oatmeal bars were a huge hit in my house. They disappeared before I even knew it! I think I’m going to have to start hiding my creations so they last a bit longer. Three teenagers can go through food like crazy!

What ingredients do I need to make oatmeal bars?

  • Butter
  • Brown Sugar
  • Flour
  • Cinnamon
  • Oats
  • Applesauce

You can use any type of oatmeal you have on hand. I prefer to use old fashioned oats in these bars rather than instant or one-minute oats. The old fashioned variety is thicker and adds great texture to the bars. 

A stack of oatmeal bars filled with applesauce on a turquoise board.

You don’t need to have homemade applesauce to make these oatmeal bars. Any type of applesauce will work. You just need two cups for the recipe. I have also made these Raspberry Jam Bars and these Blueberry Bars. They are super delicious too!

A plate with crumble oat bars.

I enjoy baking with oatmeal. A few of my favorites include Oatmeal Banana Muffins,  Oatmeal Dinner Rolls and Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies. 

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Oatmeal squares arranged on a white plate with fresh apples in the background.

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This recipe was originally posted in February 2018. 

4.91 from 10 votes
A stack of oatmeal bars filled with applesauce makes a tasty snack.
Oatmeal Bars
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
55 mins

Delicious layers of oats with an applesauce filling. 

Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: oatmeal applesauce recipe, oatmeal bars, oatmeal bars recipes, oatmeal desserts
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 324 kcal
Author: Kathy
  • 1 cup butter cut into small pieces
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup oats
  • 2 cups applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  1. In a food processor bowl, add butter, brown sugar and flour. Pulse until mixture forms small, pea sized crumbs. 

  2. Add cinnamon and oats. Pulse just until incorporated. 

  3. Place half the oat mixture in a lightly greased 9x13" baking dish. Press mixture down with your hands. 

  1. In a small mixing bowl combine applesauce and cinnamon.

  2. Pour filling on top of oat mixture. Spread evenly over oat mixture.

  3. Sprinkle remaining oat mixture over applesauce. 

  4. Bake in a preheated 325 degree oven for 40 minutes.

  5. Allow bars to fully cool before slicing into 12 equal pieces.

Recipe Notes

Old fashioned oats, not quick 1 minute oats,  work best in this recipe. 

Nutrition Facts
Oatmeal Bars
Amount Per Serving (1 Bar)
Calories 324 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 40mg13%
Sodium 141mg6%
Potassium 105mg3%
Carbohydrates 43g14%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 21g23%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 485IU10%
Vitamin C 0.4mg0%
Calcium 32mg3%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



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  • Reply
    April 6, 2020 at 9:39 am

    5 stars
    Delicious and SO Quick & easy to make, I added a bit more cinnamon, because I love cinnamon & used unsweetened applesauce.
    One thing though. They turned rather soggy overnight, I let them cool thoroughly & covered the dish, but I took them to work & put them back in the oven for maybe 20 minutes & still delicious👍 I had made them on Sunday just for the purpose of treating my coworkers
    As a single person next time I may make 1/2 recipe and keep them for myself in the refrigerator

    • Reply
      April 6, 2020 at 4:41 pm

      Thanks! Great tip about reheating in the oven. Ours usually don’t last long enough to have any leftover!

  • Reply
    April 4, 2020 at 4:29 pm

    I have to go purchase applesauce to make this recipe, any recommendations for store bought? Sweetened vs. unsweetened vs. cinnamon applesauce? Thanks!

    • Reply
      April 4, 2020 at 5:12 pm

      Hi Jackie,
      I usually use my homemade applesauce which is lightly sweetened. You can use any type of applesauce – so pick your favorite!
      Enjoy! 🙂

  • Reply
    April 4, 2020 at 1:08 pm

    Do you think coconut oil would work instead of butter? We are almost out of butter but have all the other ingredients and my kids want to bake!

    • Reply
      April 4, 2020 at 1:21 pm

      Hi Kendra,
      I think you could use coconut oil instead of butter! It’s time to get a little creative when we start to run out of our basic ingredients. Let me know how they turn out!
      Happy Baking,

  • Reply
    April 4, 2020 at 9:34 am

    4 stars
    I can not wait to try these. I defrosted some applesauce the other day and we arent going through it as quickly. So this will help!!

  • Reply
    April 2, 2020 at 6:38 pm

    Are there any alternatives for using a food processor that would have the same result? Mine isn’t big enough. Thanks!!

    • Reply
      April 2, 2020 at 7:12 pm

      Hi Amanda,
      You could place all the crust ingredients in a bowl and mix with your hands. The butter needs to be soft and just massage the butter right into the oats and sugar. This will take a bit longer but will work just fine!
      Happy Baking!

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