The official start of my favorite season is almost here. I love everything about fall – the cool temps, the food, the colorful leaves, and the fashion. So I already got a jump on my fall baking with these easy applesauce oatmeal bars. I love baking apple and pumpkin recipes so much!
You make the simple crust/streusel topping with butter, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon and oats. The food processor makes this a cinch to put together. Then spray a 9 x 13 inch baking dish and press half of the mixture into the bottom of the pan. The other half you use as a streusel topping to sprinkle over the applesauce mixture that is sandwiched in between the layers.
The middle applesauce layer is so simple. It’s just applesauce mixed with some cinnamon. The result is a tasty cookie bar that tastes just like a slice of a crumb topped apple pie. You can enjoy these bars as is or top them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Either way is delicious. We actually enjoyed these applesauce oatmeal bars the day after when they were chilled.
I do have at least one more apple recipe headed your way! This one will be for breakfast! Pumpkin recipes aren’t too far behind also. I already have one done.
- BROWN SUGAR
- OLD FASHIONED OATS
- 1 cup softened butter (cut into small pieces)
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 cups flour
- 1 ½ tsp cinnamon
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- 1½ cups applesauce
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with a non-stick spray and set aside.
- In a food processor, add butter, brown sugar and flour. Pulse until mixture forms small, pea sized crumbs.
- Add the 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon and oats. Pulse just until incorporated.
- Add half the oat mixture to prepared baking dish. Press mixture down with your hands to cover the bottom of the pan.
- For the filling, in a small bowl, combine the applesauce and 1 tsp cinnamon.
- Spread the filling on top of oat mixture in the pan.
- Sprinkle remaining oat mixture over applesauce.
- Bake in a preheated oven for 40 – 45 minutes until golden brown.
- Allow bars to fully cool before slicing into 12 equal pieces.
Recipe adapted from Beyond the Chicken Coop.