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Oatmeal Bars

February 28, 2020 (Last Updated: June 2, 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! 

Another recipe I make using applesauce is this Applesauce Cake!

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.

Another version of these bars are Raspberry Jam Bars and these Blueberry Bars. They are super delicious too! The raspberry jam bars use jam as the filling and are just as easy and as delicious as these applesauce bars. The blueberry bars use fresh or frozen blueberries in the filling! 

Tips for making

  • Use salted butter that is softened. The butter should be soft enough to spread easily on a slice of bread
  • Use old fashioned oats, which are a bit thicker than a quick oat. 
  • Allow bars to cool before slicing
  • Store any leftover bars in a covered container

A plate with crumble oat bars.

What if I don’t have a food processor?

I mixed this crust in a food processor, but if you don’t have one I have a few options for you. First, you can place the crust ingredients in a bowl and mix using a mixer with beaters. Make certain the butter is very soft, but not melted.

Second you could mix with your hands. Place ingredients in a bowl and use your hands or your fingers to mix. This may be a bit messy, but your hands are really a great kitchen tool. Simply use your fingers to mash butter into the flour and oat mixture. 

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

Oatmeal Bars

Kathy
Delicious layers of oats with an applesauce filling. 
4.88 from 31 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 people
Calories 324 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup butter (cut into small pieces)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 cup oats

Filling

  • 2 cups applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees and spray a 9 x 12" baking dish with a non-stick spray .
  • In a food processor bowl, add butter, brown sugar and flour. Pulse until mixture forms small, pea sized crumbs. 
  • Add cinnamon and oats. Pulse just until incorporated. 
  • Place half the oat mixture into prepared baking dish. Press mixture down with your hands. 

Filling

  • In a small mixing bowl combine applesauce and cinnamon.
  • Pour filling on top of oat mixture. Spread evenly over oat mixture.
  • Sprinkle remaining oat mixture over applesauce. 
  • Bake in a preheated 325 degree oven for 40 minutes.
  • Allow bars to fully cool before slicing into 12 equal pieces.

Notes

Tips for making

  • Use salted butter that is softened. The butter should be soft enough to spread easily on a slice of bread
  • Use old fashioned oats, which are a bit thicker than a quick oat. 
  • Allow bars to cool before slicing
  • Store any leftover bars in a covered container

Nutrition

Serving: 1BarCalories: 324kcalCarbohydrates: 43gProtein: 3gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 40mgSodium: 141mgPotassium: 105mgFiber: 1gSugar: 21gVitamin A: 485IUVitamin C: 0.4mgCalcium: 32mgIron: 1.5mg
Keyword oat bars, oatmeal applesauce recipe, oatmeal bars
Tried this recipe?Leave a comment and let me know what you think.

This recipe was originally posted in February 2018. 

 

 

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73 Comments

  • Reply
    Katie Borkowski
    April 1, 2020 at 12:54 pm

    has anyone tried freezing these?

    Thanks!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      April 2, 2020 at 6:41 am

      Hi Katie,
      I have not tried freezing these.
      Kathy

  • Reply
    Lisa Milazzo
    March 30, 2020 at 5:18 pm

    So easy and so good!!. Something sweet during quarantine. I’d love to make these a little healthier.

  • Reply
    Kristi
    March 30, 2020 at 2:39 pm

    How do you store them? Refrigerate?

    • Reply
      Kathy
      March 30, 2020 at 3:08 pm

      Hi Kristi,
      I store the bars at room temperature. You could refrigerate them too if you wanted.
      Kathy

  • Reply
    Steph
    March 23, 2020 at 5:56 am

    I only have coconut flour and almond flour on hand…could I use either one?

    • Reply
      Kathy
      March 23, 2020 at 6:01 am

      Hi Steph,
      I’m afraid I’ve never cooked with either of those flours so I don’t know how they’d be in this recipe.

  • Reply
    Eunice Walach
    March 18, 2020 at 7:55 am

    Beautiful Recipe ❤️made These as a Golfers snack that He can take for a long day on Course.I don’t have food processor,I had no issues with 2 knives,I did Add a product I keep in freezer,Paradise Meadow Bakeing Cranberries, With , Walnuts👌👍Thank You

    • Reply
      Kathy
      March 18, 2020 at 4:31 pm

      So glad you made this work for you! Hope the golfing went well!!!

  • Reply
    Byenia
    March 10, 2020 at 8:51 pm

    5 stars
    Made a half batch of this recipe tonight (in a glass 8×8 dish) and adore it! So good! Enough to where I’m seriously thinking of making this again in a couple days to share with others. Thanks for this terrific recipe!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      March 11, 2020 at 4:55 am

      Thank you for your wonderful comment! I am so glad you love this recipe as much as we do! 🙂

  • Reply
    Madison
    March 10, 2020 at 2:27 pm

    5 stars
    I made this recipe today with a few adjustments (instead of 2 cups of applesauce I did 1 cup of applesauce and 1 cup of apple butter and I added chopped pecans) and I’m absolutely obsessed! They turned out so good!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      March 10, 2020 at 6:48 pm

      Thanks, Madison! I love the changes and addition of nuts! 🙂

  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    March 3, 2020 at 7:07 am

    5 stars
    I would most definitely enjoy these for dessert, a snack or even breakfast! They look super yummy Kathy!

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    March 2, 2020 at 4:38 am

    5 stars
    These sound delicious, Kathy! And the recipe is super easy, too. Robbie loves oatmeal and apple sauce…so it stands to reason that these bars would be a hit here, too. I’ll have to make him a batch – and Dad might have to “steal” several bars first. You know, for quality control and all. 🙂

  • Reply
    Jennifer
    January 14, 2020 at 9:20 am

    5 stars
    Looks delicious, instead of flour, how about 1:1 baking mix? I know it has a nice nutty flavor. Definitely about to try!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      January 14, 2020 at 6:40 pm

      Hi Jennifer,
      I’m afraid I haven’t tried using a 1:1 baking mix so I’m not certain how it would work in these muffins.
      Kathy

      • Reply
        Jennifer
        January 14, 2020 at 9:19 pm

        I am going to give it a try, I will let you know! I think the nutty flavor will go perfect with these!

        • Reply
          Kathy
          January 15, 2020 at 6:02 am

          Keep me posted! I’d love to hear how they turn out! 🙂

    • Reply
      Christy
      March 1, 2020 at 7:50 am

      Hello- if I double this recipe do I use one or two 9×13 pans?
      Thank you

      • Reply
        Kathy
        March 1, 2020 at 10:48 am

        Hi Christy,
        If you double the recipe, I’d put it into two pans.
        Enjoy! 🙂

        • Reply
          Christy
          March 1, 2020 at 6:20 pm

          Thank you 👍

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