These healthy apple pie oat bars are my five-year-olds current obsession. It was a recipe that I threw together on a bit of a hunch, and wouldn’t you know it, it totally worked. THIS is not always the case, most of my recipes start off pretty hit and miss and take a lot of tweaks in the recipe testing process. But these healthy apple pie oat bars I pretty much nailed at the first go!
One thing I get asked now that I have a few international readers is what do I mean by apple purée, by apple purée I mean cooked apple that is then blitzed until smooth, so an applesauce that is just all apple.
Now you can either make your own apple purée/sauce which I do most of the time, but I also do keep cans of tinned apple (many literally only contain apple) which I then blitz, or sometimes I just grab a jar of unsweetened applesauce, which is all done for me.
The photo above is a little behind the scenes, not sure if you can tell but my pics are usually taken on a tile sitting on my kitchen table…
Healthy Apple Pie Oat Bars
Yield 16 Bars
These healthy apple pie oat bars are a soft granola bar, that is low in sugar
- 1 Cup quick cook oats
- 1 Cup rolled oats
- 2Tbsp chia seeds
- 1.5 tsp cinnamon
- 30g melted butter or coconut oil
- 1 cup apple purée or applesauce
- 1-2 Tbsp honey or maple syrup (optional)
- In a medium bowl, mix the oats, chia seeds and cinnamon
- Add the melted butter and apple purée, mix to combine
- Line a baking tray (I use a 2ocm sq 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
- Quick cook oats go by a few different names, they are just the rolled oats that are cut a little bit smaller, they aren't flavoured or have added sugar, they will be next to the rolled oats in the supermarket and sometimes are called milk oaties.. but they are bound to have different names in different countries
- I store this in the fridge for up to 5 days, I find it lasts longer in the fridge
- I use white chia seeds in this recipe as I find they are a little prettier, the black ones work but you can see them in the finished product
- The chia seeds do seem to help the product hold together, it is not as successful if you miss them out
- For dairy free use coconut oil instead of butter, I tried liquid oils like olive oil but the product did not bake as well
- If you are using this recipe for a baby under one, then please leave out the honey
- In NZ where I am based as this recipe contains oats I cannot call it gluten free, this is not the case in all countries. This recipe is wheat free
Serving Size 1 Bar
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 2.1 g
Saturated Fat 1.2 g
Cholesterol 4 mg
Sodium 1.3 mg
Total Carbohydrates 11.7 g
Dietary Fiber 2.5 g
Sugars 3.2 g
Protein 1.8 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
please note the nutritional information provided is an estimate based on ingredients, this recipe has not been analysed by an external laboratory for nutritional profile.