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Oatmeal Bars

February 28, 2020 (Last Updated: August 1, 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 oat bars with an applesauce filling.

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

Oatmeal Bars

Delicious layers of oats with an applesauce filling. 
4.91 from 42 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 people
Calories 324 kcal


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


  • 2 cups applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees and spray a 9 x 13" 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. 


  • 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.


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


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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  • Reply
    July 18, 2020 at 4:21 pm

    5 stars
    These are so awesome. Getting ready to make more. Love them!!! Thanks !

  • Reply
    July 15, 2020 at 7:16 pm

    5 stars
    Delicious! Great with coffee… not too sweet and so easy to make! Thanks

    • Reply
      July 16, 2020 at 6:02 am

      Thanks, Steff! 🙂

  • Reply
    July 6, 2020 at 4:43 pm

    5 stars
    I love this recipe. Kinda like apple crisp but easier, finger friendly, and a great way to use leftover applesauce. Thanks!

    • Reply
      July 6, 2020 at 4:52 pm

      Thanks, Crista! It’s one of our favorites too. 🙂

  • Reply
    Nicole J
    June 24, 2020 at 6:49 am

    Thank you for the recipe! Do you think I could prepare this and then freeze it? Should I completely bake and then just warm up, half bake, or not bake at all? Thanks!

    • Reply
      June 24, 2020 at 9:24 am

      Hi Nicole,
      You can freeze these bars. I would fully bake and then after fully thawed you could reheat in the oven or serve at room temperature.
      Kathy 🙂

  • Reply
    June 21, 2020 at 7:23 pm

    Made this using vegan butter and unsweetened applesauce, and cut them into bite size squares. My nieces and nephews loved them, thanks for the easy snack recipe. Look forward to trying more.

  • Reply
    Linda Catanzariti
    May 30, 2020 at 9:20 am

    5 stars
    These were delicious! Only thing I changed was to use plant based butter for the vegans in my family. Worked perfectly

    • Reply
      May 30, 2020 at 9:38 am

      Wonderful! Thanks so much for your comment!

  • Reply
    May 23, 2020 at 6:08 am

    5 stars
    Do you think these will work with steel cut oats? I’m new to baking and am not sure if I would need to alter the recipe?

    • Reply
      May 23, 2020 at 6:31 am

      This will not work with steel cut oats. The oats will not soften while cooking.

  • Reply
    Jessie Simon
    May 19, 2020 at 11:00 am

    5 stars
    I broke the first rule of baking and didn’t read the instructions before I started. My mixture wasn’t mixing in the food processor so I ended up dumping everything in it at once. Also, I was short 1/2 cup of applesauce. I sliced an actual apple, thinking I would throw it in too, but I didn’t. I poured out the concoction into the pan, placed the apple slices on top and baked for 30 minutes. Although it was completely wrong, it still tastes really good. We are enjoying it in the mornings with coffee. Not sure I need to make it the right way next time.

    • Reply
      May 19, 2020 at 4:33 pm

      Oh my goodness! I think this is how great recipes are created – by making mistakes! I think this turned out just perfect! 🙂

  • Reply
    Alissa Jourdan
    May 9, 2020 at 7:03 pm

    4 stars
    You know this will be good with 2 sticks of butter in the recipe! I made these today. My husband and I really liked them, but my two youngest not so much. I’m betting they’ll be good warmed up in the microwave and served with ice cream. Reminds us of Apple Crisp, so I feel it’s more like a dessert than a snack. I cut them up into bars and stored them in a container. I’m wondering if I should have put them in the fridge though, or at least put parchment or wax paper between the layers because the bars are mushing together now. I thought I had let them cool all the way first, but perhaps not. I will be trying more recipes from this site. Many sound good.

    • Reply
      May 10, 2020 at 5:42 am

      Hi Alissa,
      This recipe calls for 1 cup of butter which is equal to two sticks of butter. 🙂
      Have fun trying more recipes!

  • Reply
    April 28, 2020 at 6:47 pm

    My family loved them they were soft and full of flavor

    • Reply
      April 29, 2020 at 5:49 am

      Hi Kelly,
      I’m so glad they all loved them! You’ll be making them again and again! 🙂

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