gooooood morning and happy new week friends! we’ve got this :). you know i love starting out the week with an awesome new recipe and this week, we have Healthy Apple Pie Oatmeal Bars. they’re hearty, oh so yummy, totally easy to make and have no added sugar unless you drizzle maple syrup on top like me!
the easiest of breakfasts are the ones already made and sitting in the fridge or freezer when you wake up.
Healthy Apple Pie Oatmeal Bars are super freezer friendly but only 1/4 of the batch usually makes it there. i store most of the bars in my fridge because we love having them for breakfast or a snack during the day.
the “frosting” on top is just vegan cream cheese! i used kite hill, which is one of my favorites. it’s super creamy and spreads really well!
i chose not to sweeten the cream cheese, but you could absolutely add a tbsp or two for some sweetness.
as you can see from the pictures below, i did drizzle maple syrup on a couple of the bars, but of course it’s not necessary.
if you don’t add maple syrup to the cream cheese or on top, the recipe won’t have any added sugar!
however, if you are looking for something more on the decadent side, you could always add vanilla frosting to the top to make the bars more dessert-like!
simple mills brand vanilla frosting would be the best way to go and it’s found at most grocery stores!
the bars are lightly sweetened with apple sauce, however, i did not use applesauce with any added sugar! between the applesauce and cinnamon, i do think there’s enough sweetness, especially for the morning.
as much as i adore my sweets, i don’t want a breakfast that’s too sweet, so Healthy Apple Pie Oatmeal Bars are just perfect.
if you just aren’t a fan of apples, there is a way around the applesauce and apple pieces. you would have to sub the applesauce 1:1 with banana.
instead of adding the apple pieces, you could go with blueberries for a blueberry banana oatmeal bake.
however, if you do choose to go with apples, make sure the pieces are cut into really small pieces so they bake enough in the oven.
there’s definitely still a slight crunch to them but after 20 minutes, they absolutely soften!
are you going to make Healthy Apple Pie Oatmeal Bars?!
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Healthy Apple Pie Oatmeal BarsCourse: Bars, Breakfast, OatmealDifficulty: Easy
you can cut the bars into smaller pieces for more servings but 6 is the perfect size for breakfast in my opinion!
2 cups old fashioned oats
1/2 cup oat flour
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup creamy/runny peanut butter (either Whole Foods brand or Trader Joe’s. if yours is harder and not runny, add some almond milk to the mixture so it’s not too dry)
2 cups chopped apples (cut into very tiny pieces so they bake)
- 1/2 cup cream cheese for topping if you want!
- preheat the oven to 350 degrees. then, start by mixing all of the ingredients but the apples in a bowl until a thick batter forms.
- fold in the apples and then add the batter to a lightly greased or parchment lined 8 x 11 baking pan.
- bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. cool down and add cream cheese to the top if you would like.
- cut into bars, serve with your favorite toppings or sides and store in the fridge/freezer in an airtight container.