Healthy Apple Pie Oat Bars

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These healthy apple pie oat bars are my six-year-old current obsession.  This recipe was one I originally created when my children were much younger, toddlers in fact.

But, it has remained on my baking roster for snacks and lunchboxes.

Oatmeal bars packed in to a pink lunch box with cucumber and mandarin segments

Why This Recipe Works

  • A soft oat bar perfect for young children
  • Refined sugar-free
  • Easy recipe
  • Free from wheat and nuts, options for egg and dairy free.

Ingredients you will need

To make my apple pie oatmeal bar you will of course need oatmeal. I use two types:

  • Traditional rolled oats
  • Quick cook oats
  • Apple sauce - unsweetened.
  • Egg or chia seeds
  • Maple syrup or honey
  • Butter or coconut oil
  • Cinnamon
The ingredients to make apple flavoured oatmeal bars laid out on bench top with text overlay.

Ingredient Notes and Substitutes

  • Egg/Chia seeds: You can use either an egg or chia seeds to bind this recipe
  • Butter/oil: you can use either melted butter or melted coconut oil in this recipe.
  • Oatmeal: I like to use a combination of both quick cook and traditional rolled oats, I find this gives these oat bars the best texture. You can make them with all quick cook oats or all traditional rolled oats.
  • Applesauce: I use unsweetened apple sauce, apple purée or apple baby food can also be used.

I am an ambassador for Countdown supermarket, they support my blog by providing ingredients for recipe creation and testing. I used rolled oats, apple sauce, butter, and cinnamon from their range in this recipe.


How to Make Apple Pie Oat Bars

Below are illustrated step-by-step instructions to make my Soft Oat Bar Recipe, if you prefer just the written instructions then head straight to the printable recipe card or the quick recipe video below.

Prep: Preheat your oven to 180 degrees celsius or 375 Fahrenheit, and line a baking tray (I use a 20-centimetre square cake tin).

Step one: In a mixing bowl, combine the oats, chia seeds (if using) and cinnamon

A white ceramic mixing bowl containing rolled oats and cinnamon.

Step two: Add the melted butter and apple purée, mix to combine.

Uncooked oat bar mix in a white ceramic bowl with a wooden spoon.

Step three: Press the mix into the bottom of the baking tind so that it is an even layer, it should be around 1.5-2cm thick. Bake at 180 degrees celsius or 375 Fahrenheit for 25 mins, it should be firm to the touch but not hard.

Oatmeal bar mix pressed into the bottom of a square lined cake tin.

Step four: Cool and slice into squares or bars.

12 soft oat bars on a wooden chopping board.

Enjoy!

A stack of three oat bars on a white bench top in front of a wooden chopping board.

Top Tips

Here is how you can make these soft apple oatmeal bars perfectly every time!

  • For a softer bar use all quick cook oats
  • If you use all traditional rolled oats the resulting bar is yummy but can be a little crumbly.
  • Allow the bars to cool completely before slicing into bars or squares.
Oat bars packed into a pink bento lunch box with cucumber sticks and mandarin segments.

FAQs

Can I freeze oat bars?

Absolutely, these apple pie oat bars can be frozen in an airtight container for up to four months.

Are Healthy Oat Bars Suitable for baby-led-weaning?

In regards to the ingredients, yes they are absolutely fine, just be sure to leave out the honey. The texture of these oat bars is nice and soft and not crunchy which also makes them useful as finger food for little ones. As with everything though, babies develop their chewing and swallowing at different speeds, so you need to use your own judgment as to whether these oat bars are ok for your baby.

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Oatmeal bars packed in to a pink lunch box with cucumber and mandarin segments

Healthy Apple Oat Bars

These healthy apple pie oat bars are a soft granola bar, that is low in sugar
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Course: Snacks
Cuisine: New Zealand
Keyword: soft oat bars, oat bars, oatmeal bars, granola bars, muesli bars, apple pie oat bars
Servings: 12 Bars
Calories: 95kcal
Author: My Kids Lick The Bowl

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4.55 from 646 votes

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup quick cook oats
  • 1 Cup rolled oats
  • 2 Tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1.5 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 30 grams coconut oil or melted butter
  • 1 cup apple purée or applesauce 260g
  • 1-2 Tablespoon maple syrup or honey optional

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 180 degrees celsius or 375 Fahrenheit
  • In a medium bowl, mix the oats, chia seeds (if using) and cinnamon
  • Add the coconut oil or melted butter apple purée and egg (if usuing ), mix to combine
  • Line a baking tray (I use a 20 centimeter square cake tin)
  • Press the mix into the bottom of the baking dish so that it is an even layer, it should be around 1.5-2cm thick
  • Bake at 180 degrees celsius or 375 Fahrneheit for 25 mins, it should be firm to the touch but not hard
  • Cool and slice into squares

Video

Notes

  • These apple pie oat bars can be frozen in an airtight container for up to four months.
  • For a softer bar use all quick cook oats
  • If you use all traditional rolled oats the resulting bar is yummy but can be a little crumbly.
  • Allow the bars to cool completely before slicing into bars or squares.

Ingredient notes and substitutions

  • Egg/Chia seeds: You can use either an egg or chia seeds to bind this recipe
  • Butter/oil: you can use either melted butter or melted coconut oil in this recipe.
  • Oatmeal: I like to use a combination of both quick cook and traditional rolled oats, I find this gives these oat bars the best texture. You can make them with all quick cook oats or all traditional rolled oats.
  • Applesauce: I use unsweetened apple sauce, apple purée or apple baby food can also be used.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Bar | Calories: 95kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 76mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 8IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg

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13 Comments

  1. Dear Stacey, Do these bars suit 15 months old baby? My baby is 15 months old, I always found breakfast is hard to prepare. May I please ask if your breakfast recipes are suitable for baby under 2 years old? Thank you very much, warm regards

  2. Yum! These look perfect for a lunchbox option! I usually only buy rolled oats, could I just blitz them up to use instead of buying quick cooking oats as well?

  3. With this apple pie oat bar recipe, are the chia seeds supposed to be soaked first or can they just go in straight from the packet?

  4. These are amazing the kids love them!
    Especially my fussy 2 yr old.
    Do you have any other flavour/variations to change it up a bit? I use apple and pear purée at the moment but haven’t experimented with anything else yet.
    Thank you for this amazing recipe!!!!