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Oatmeal Bars

February 10, 2018 (Last Updated: May 27, 2019)

Oatmeal Applesauce Bars are easy to make and delicious for snacking.

Oatmeal applesauce bars make a great healthy snack.

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. 

Applesauce oatmeal bars in a baking dish.

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!

A stack of oatmeal bars filled with applesauce makes a tasty snack.

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

A plate with applesauce oat bars,

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


Applesauce Oatmeal Bars make a delicious snack. These bars are made with oatmeal and are easy to make. #oatbars #applesaucebars

If you are looking for another delicious recipe, try this peach ice cream! It’s a definite favorite!

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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 to fully cool before slicing. 

Recipe Notes

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

Nutrition Facts
Oatmeal Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 324 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 25%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 40mg 13%
Sodium 141mg 6%
Potassium 105mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 43g 14%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 21g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 9.7%
Vitamin C 0.5%
Calcium 3.2%
Iron 8.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



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  • Reply
    May 14, 2018 at 4:57 am

    I don’t own a food processor. Can this be made without one to pulse as per directions.

    • Reply
      May 14, 2018 at 5:42 am

      Hi Linda,
      You could make this without a food processor. You could use two butter knives, a pastry blender or your fingers. You just want to get the butter and flour and oatmeal into pea sized pieces. Let me know how it turns out!

  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    February 12, 2018 at 1:41 pm

    Love all the cinnamon in these Kathy! Teenagers can eat a lot! I remember those days!

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    February 12, 2018 at 5:27 am

    Oh my gosh, I can’t imagine how fast 3 teenagers would destroy a recipe like this one! I love a good oatmeal bar, and I’m totally going to have to keep this one in mind for next apple season when we have homemade apple sauce coming out of our ears. Literally. (Well, maybe not literally…but close to it…haha) Looks delicious, Kathy!!

  • Reply
    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    February 12, 2018 at 5:22 am

    I started to clean out our pantry this past weekend too and there was stuff there I totally forgot about! You certainly put that apple sauce to good use with these oatmeal bars 🙂 Delish!

  • Reply
    February 10, 2018 at 1:03 pm

    Hi Kathy – these bars look fabulous. I would never find a jar of homemade apple sauce just sitting around in my pantry… you are so good about making homemade. The bars look fantastic and no wonder they disappeared fast. I’ve been freezing small portions of treats like this to make sure that Jon and I get some! Four boys in the house – you get the picture…

    • Reply
      February 11, 2018 at 7:24 pm

      Four boys! Yep, I’ll bet you can’t keep anything around for long at all! I’ll need to try popping a few in the freezer! Good idea!

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