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Oatmeal Bars

February 28, 2020 (Last Updated: April 23, 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. 

Other great dessert recipes

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

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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. 
4.84 from 24 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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68 Comments

  • Reply
    Jasmine
    April 19, 2020 at 11:29 am

    I have made other versions of oatmeal bars where I just melted the butter instead of pulsing it into the mixture. How do you think that would impact this recipe?

    • Reply
      Kathy
      April 19, 2020 at 12:21 pm

      Hi Jasmine,
      I haven’t tried melting the butter when making this recipe so I don’t know what the results would be. If you don’t have a food processor, you could always use a hand mixer for making the oat mixture.
      Kathy

  • Reply
    Wendy
    April 18, 2020 at 1:07 pm

    5 stars
    Came out great! Did half the recipe since it’s just me and my daughter. Only had a pie dish so used that. Thank you so much! So lucky I had everything needed. With this quarantine I have been trying to find recipes with the things I have.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      April 19, 2020 at 5:01 am

      Wonderful! Thanks for letting me know. These are tough times and I’m glad you found something delicious you could make! Stay safe!

  • Reply
    KHam
    April 16, 2020 at 12:23 pm

    3 stars
    I didn’t have a food processor so I crumbled it by hand. The topping stayed too powdery and gave a major flour taste. Not sure if it’s because I mixed by hand or what. Would be tasty otherwise.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      April 16, 2020 at 12:43 pm

      I believe the butter didn’t get incorporated fully into the mixture. That would cause the crumbly, floury taste.

  • Reply
    Emily Covarrubias
    April 10, 2020 at 7:16 am

    I made these yesterday using store-bought unsweetened applesauce (still naturally sweet, especially after adding the cinammon 🙂 ). I served them to my kids for breakfast this morning and they were a big hit! Question: the recipe calls for 2 c flour, 1 c oats. To make them more oatmeal-y, do you think that could be switched? 1 cup flour to 2 cups oats? Just curious!
    Thanks!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      April 11, 2020 at 6:37 am

      Hi Emily,
      I’m so glad everyone loved them. I don’t if the crust would hold together if you adjusted the oats and flour ratios. You could give it a try. It nothing else, they could eat it with a spoon instead of like a bar. Let me know how they turn out.
      Kathy

  • Reply
    Debby
    April 8, 2020 at 3:45 pm

    Is this a cookie that could be put in the freezer?

    • Reply
      Kathy
      April 8, 2020 at 3:47 pm

      Hi Debby,
      I haven’t ever tried freezing these bars. My guess would be that they would freeze well, but I need to give a try to be certain. Let me know if you try freezing them.
      Kathy 🙂

  • Reply
    Eydie
    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
      Kathy
      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
    Jackie
    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
      Kathy
      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
    Kendra
    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
      Kathy
      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,
      Kathy

  • Reply
    Ashley
    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
    Amanda
    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
      Kathy
      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!
      Kathy

      • Reply
        Wendy
        April 18, 2020 at 8:50 am

        Instead of a food processor could we use a blender? I have a Ninja. Or possibly a handmixer for a stand mixer? Would any of those work as well?

        • Reply
          Kathy
          April 18, 2020 at 8:53 am

          Hi Wendy,
          I would use a hand mixer. Make certain your butter is very soft so it can be easily mixed into the oats and flour. Let me know how they turn out!
          Kathy

          • Wendy
            April 18, 2020 at 8:55 am

            Thank you for the quick response! Trying to make today on this rainy day in FL!

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