Apple Pie Oat Bars
This is a really simple, versatile, and most importantly, delicious recipe! I usually use apples, or even better, homemade canned apple pie filling. But you can use any fruit, any canned pie filling, and even jam or leftover cranberry sauce from your Thanksgiving feast. They’re all delicious.
I use an 11′ x 15″ casserole dish for this recipe and the oat layer comes out very thick (our preference). If you use a smaller pan, or just prefer fewer carbs, cut the ingredients in half. It doesn’t have to be precise.
You will need:
4 c old fashioned rolled oats
4 c whole wheat flour
2 c sucanat, coconut sugar, brown sugar, or granulated sweetener of your choice
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 c butter, melted
2-3 c sliced fruit, berries, jam, pie filling, etc
Preheat your oven to 350. Line your casserole dish with parchment paper. In a large bowl, mix together dry ingredients. Pour melted butter into bowl and mix until combined. Put about half of your oat mixture into the casserole dish, using a rubber spatula to press it down firmly. Top bottom layer with fruit, jam, or pie filling. Then, sprinkle remaining oat mixture over the fruit, using spatula to gently pat down. Bake in preheated oven for about 30 minutes. Remove from oven, and cut into squares and serve warm with vanilla ice cream for dessert. Let cool and slice into bars. Or my favorite, I pop the entire casserole dish into the freezer. Once it’s frozen, I remove the dish and take the contents out and set on the counter (this is where the parchment paper really comes in handy- you can literally lift the entire pan of bars out at once). I slice the frozen mass into snack bar-sized pieces, and wrap individually in parchment paper and store in the freezer. Since the oat mixture doesn’t completely harden, these don’t even need to be thawed before eating. They make a great grab-and-go snack.