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6-Ingredient Apple Oatmeal Bars (Vegan)

6-Ingredient Apple Oatmeal Bars are infused with the sweet taste of fall and have the best chewy texture! Egg-free, vegan, dairy-free and refined sugar-free, these healthy apple bars are perfect for breakfast, snack, or dessert!

Slice of apple bar on a white plate with a gold fork and a plate of apple bars in the background.

If you were waiting for the perfect fall dessert recipe to waltz into your life, these simple yet wildly delicious 6-Ingredient Apple Oatmeal Bars are everything you could possibly desire in a warmly-spiced adventure.

Made with six basic ingredients (most of which you probably already have on hand), this healthy dessert recipe is just full to the brim with apple flavor.

So whether you went apple picking and need apple recipes to use up your bounty or you just love a great apple treat year round, these yummy oatmeal breakfast bars are here for you!

Plus, they are modeled after my 4-Ingredient Banana Oatmeal Bars and my 5-Ingredient Flourless Pumpkin Oatmeal Bars so you know they’ve got to be a hit!

Recipe Highlights:

These simple yet flavor-packed healthy oatmeal bars are gluten-free, refined sugar-free, dairy-free, vegan, and so incredibly easy to prepare!

All you need is six basic wholesome ingredients, a mixing bowl, and an 8-inch cake pan or baking dish.

Slice of apple oatmeal bar on a plate with a bite taken out

What Do They Taste Like?:

It’s as though all the beautiful fall colors converged and made a magical dessert baby.

These chewy bars are a cookie meets cake meets healthy baked oatmeal, meets granola bar type of situation. They’re dense, moist, and are just jam packed with apple cinnamon flavor to really tickle your taste buds.

The perfect healthy treat for kids, this simple six ingredient recipe is a lovely baking project for littles (and humans of all ages).

Oatmeal apple bar on two plates with slices of apple

Let’s discuss the six simple ingredients in this easy recipe.

Ingredients for Apple Oatmeal Bars:

Applesauce: Bringing part of the apple flavor as well as some volume, moisture, and sweetness, unsweetened applesauce is an all star ingredient that takes the place of eggs for a vegan dessert recipe.

You can swap it out for ⅔ cup of pureed pumpkin, sweet potato, or mashed ripe banana.

Pure Maple Syrup: Keeping these healthy apple bars refined sugar-free, pure maple syrup is used as the sweetener. The maple flavor also adds to that rich fall vibe we have going on here!

Swap the pure maple syrup for brown sugar and add 3 tablespoons of coconut oil, or melted butter.

Almond Butter: Unsweetened almond butter is the glue that holds it all together! When combined with the applesauce and maple syrup, we achieve a sticky mixture that ensures the squares hold together.

Because these bars are very apple cinnamon forward, you don’t detect much of the flavor of the almond butter.

The almond butter can be replaced with any nut or seed butter (such as cashew butter, peanut butter, or sunflower seed butter), but just note that you may be able to taste whatever you use as a replacement.

Rolled Oats: Old fashioned rolled oats make up the solids in these easy oatmeal bars so that we are getting a nice infusion of whole grains. Oats take the place of all purpose flour for a healthier treat and also provide that rustic texture.

I use gluten-free sprouted oats that are glyphosate-free in all of my oatmeal recipes, but you can pick your favorite brand.

For the best result, stick with rolled oats instead of quick oats or instant oats for the best texture. For a chewy blondie texture, swap the oats for 1 2/3 cups of oat flour.

Ground Cinnamon: No apple treat would be complete without cinnamon! It brings lovely warmth to this healthy snack recipe.

Fresh Apples: You need just one large apple for these apple bars, and you can pick your favorite. I went with a Granny Smith apple because I wanted to be sure plenty of tart apple flavor was present. Gala apples, Fuji, honeycrisp, granny smith apples, pink lady, any kind of apples work.

Sea Salt: A sprinkle of sea salt helps bring out the richness of the bars and makes them taste sweeter.

Optional Additions:

  • If you love nutty dessert bars, add ½ to ⅔ cup chopped walnuts or pecans to these dreamy bars.
  • Make chocolate chip apple oat bars by adding up to 1 cup of chocolate chips.
  • For oatmeal cookie vibes, add ½ to ⅔ cup raisins if you enjoy them!
  • If you have vanilla extract on hand, add 1 1/2 teaspoons for warm flavor.
  • Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of chia seeds or hemp seeds for an infusion of omega 3 fatty acids.
apple oatmeal bars in a baking sheet, fresh out of the oven.

Now that we’ve covered the healthy ingredients list for these healthy apple cinnamon oatmeal bars, let’s bake these amazing apple cinnamon oatmeal bars!

How to Make Apple Oatmeal Bars:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line an 8-inch square pan with parchment paper. If you don’t have parchment paper, you can lightly spray the baking dish with cooking oil.

Add the almond butter, pure maple syrup, and applesauce to a mixing bowl (the wet ingredients) and mix well until a thick, sticky, creamy substance forms.

If your almond butter is chilled rather than room temperature, microwave these wet ingredients for 20 seconds, or until they stir together easily.

Wet ingredients for apple bars in a mixing bowl.

Stir in the oats, cinnamon and sea salt (dry ingredients) until well-combined.

Wet ingredients in a mixing bowl with dry ingredients on top.
apple bar dough in a mixing bowl.

Add the chopped apple to the large bowl and mix until the apple chunks are well-distributed throughout the oatmeal bar dough.

Apple bar dough in a mixing bowl with chunks of apple on top, ready to be mixed in.

Transfer the apple oat mixture to the prepared pan and spread it into an even layer.

Apple bar dough spread into a baking pan lined with parchment paper.

Bake on the center rack of the preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes (I do 35 minutes), or until the edges are golden-brown.

Remove the oatmeal apple bars from the oven and allow them to cool for at least 30 minutes before slicing (note: if you slice the bars when they are still very warm, the bars will not hold together as nicely).

For an even more decadent dessert, whip up a cream cheese frosting, drizzle the bars with caramel sauce, or serve with a scoop of ice cream.

How to Store Apple Bars:

Store bars in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. These bars freeze very well! Simply slice them and place them in a large freezer bag or one-gallon zip lock and freeze for up to 3 months.

These tasty apple bars taste even better the longer they sit! They have amazing crispy texture around the edges when they first come out of the oven, but the flavor is deeper the next day. 

If you’re able to make them one day ahead of time, the richness of this apple cinnamon recipe will be even more accentuated! Perfect for easy breakfasts or a lovely healthy dessert for apple season.

And that’s it! 

Everything you need for a healthy breakfast, snack, or dessert bar that will surely delight all who try it!

Slice of oatmeal bar on a white plate with a gold fork about to take a bite out.

If you’re looking for more delicious apple desserts, check these out!

More Healthy Apple Dessert Recipes:

Chewy, dense, cozy healthy apple oatmeal bars for your next snack sensation!

Slice of apple bar on a white plate with a gold fork and a plate of apple bars in the background.

Healthy Apple Oatmeal Bars

Yield: 9 Bars
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Easy vegan apple oatmeal bars that are made with just six wholesome ingredients! You can customize these yummy healthy bars to your heart's delight!

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup applesauce*
  • ½ cup pure maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond butter
  • 2 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 large granny smith apple, peeled, cored and chopped

Instructions

    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line an 8-inch square pan with parchment paper. If you don't have parchment paper, you can lightly spray the baking dish with cooking oil.

    2. Add the almond butter, pure maple syrup, and applesauce to a mixing bowl (the wet ingredients) and mix well until a thick, sticky, creamy substance forms. If your almond butter is chilled rather than room temperature, you can microwave these wet ingredients for 20 seconds, or until they stir together easily.

    Wet ingredients for apple bars in a mixing bowl.

    3. Stir in the oats, cinnamon and sea salt (dry ingredients) until well-combined.

    Wet ingredients in a mixing bowl with dry ingredients on top.

    apple bar dough in a mixing bowl.

    4. Add the chopped apple to the large bowl and mix until the apple chunks are well-distributed throughout the oatmeal bar dough.

    Apple bar dough in a mixing bowl with chunks of apple on top, ready to be mixed in.

    5. Transfer the apple oat mixture to the prepared pan and spread it into an even layer.

    Apple bar dough spread into a baking pan lined with parchment paper.

    6. Bake on the center rack of the preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes (I do 35 minutes), or until the edges are golden-brown.

    apple oatmeal bars in a baking sheet, fresh out of the oven.

    7. Remove the oatmeal apple bars from the oven and allow them to cool for at least 30 minutes before slicing (note: if you slice the bars when they are still very warm, the bars will not hold together as nicely).

    apple bars on a sheet of parchment paper cut into squares.

Notes

*You can replace the applesauce with mashed banana, pumpkin puree or mashed sweet potato if you’d like

Store bars in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. These bars freeze very well! Simply slice them and place them in a large freezer bag or one-gallon zip lock and freeze for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Information
Yield 9 Serving Size 1 Bar (of 9)
Amount Per Serving Calories 297Total Fat 13gCarbohydrates 38gFiber 4gSugar 4gProtein 7g

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Jeanine

Wednesday 19th of October 2022

Gluten and lactose recipes are difficult to find that have any flavor to them. Thank y. You.

Julia

Thursday 20th of October 2022

My pleasure! I love how rich and flavorful these bars are :) Positively addicting!

Sony Sherpa

Wednesday 12th of October 2022

This would be a great weekend snack! I'll definitely add lion's mane mushroom powder from https://naturesrise.com for the healthy boost but this is already nutrient-packed otherwise

Julia

Wednesday 12th of October 2022

I never thought to add Lion's Mane to dessert bars - this is brilliant! I'll have to try it myself sometime :) Hope you love them! xo

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