These Apple Oatmeal Bars with Honey are a healthy, wholesome, filling breakfast or snack option. Packed with flavor and fiber to keep you fully satisfied!
Well, hello, honey! Raw unpasteurized honey drizzled on top of crumbled pecans, covering juicy Granny Smith apples and moist oat and whole wheat crust. Delicious Fall inspired Apple Oatmeal Bars that remind me of Bear Paws cookies.
You know those?! Moist and soft and for some reason my kids never liked them back in a day I used to buy store-bought cookies. I loved them though, so this clean-eating version of a soft bar hits the spot.
When the weather starts to cool down I find myself gravitating towards fall flavors and oatmeal more and more. Whether it’s to make banana oat bars, baked oatmeal breakfast bars (with carrot), healthy oat bran muffins, or even a healthy cobbler – they all sound so appealing to me!
In fact, when it’s even cooler, I turn to Instant pot steel cut oats and top them with apple slices, pecans, and cinnamon – just like these apple oatmeal bars! I love that these are a delicious grab n’ go option and can be enjoyed warm or cold – no matter what I’m in the mood for!
Then again, let’s not forget that baked ‘oatmeal’ recipes are basically delicious any time of the year. I mean, have you tried carrot oatmeal muffins? or how about blueberry oatmeal crumble bars? what about healthy oatmeal cookies? give me any of those in the middle of summer and I’ll definitely find room to eat it!
Each Apple Oatmeal Bar contains only 1 tablespoon of sugar which consists of raw honey and naturally occurring sugar in apples. I LOVE honey! The honey I have been buying from my chicken farmer – it is collected from the hives straight into the jar you see. Not all honey is created equal. Majority of honey you see in stores is pasteurized therefore stripped of important nutrients during the heating process.
Thats why I tend to make it optional in lots of my baked recipes, with maple syrup as an alternative – since some people refuse to heat honey at all. Just like for these healthy chocolate muffins, coffee cake, almond flour chocolate cake, or healthy lemon bars!
Even with my deep love and appreciation for organic food, organic honey has to be raw in order to be really beneficial. Because it might be news to you – honey is still sugar. It is considered added sugar. So is the maple syrup. Both of them are better than refined sugars because of their nutrient and vitamin content. . So, find raw local honey near you. Many smaller grocery stores or farm markets carry it. Also read signs on a highway in your area – that is where farmers usually live. Or you can buy it for a good price on Amazon.
On the last grocery trip, my oldest one asked to buy Granny Smith apples. We usually buy Gala apples, two 3 lbs bags at a time. This amount will last us a week. We love apples! Granny Smith apples are more on a sour side, have thick skin and extra crispiness. What are your favourite apples? You can use any kind of your favourite apples. I did like my choice though.
I sliced apples using mandoline because I like the even thickness. I do not own a safety cap so the last bits I had to slice with a sharp knife which works great! Lately I’m on a knife hunt – I spotted Jamie Oliver’s paring knife at Thrifty’s and can’t get it out of my head. Do you know if these are good knives? Amazon reviews look very good. I have a Chicago Cutlery chef knife which is fantastic! Not worse than a collection of my expensive Henckels knives. So, there are affordable brand names that are good, just gotta know which ones.
I was debating for a bit whether to make traditional crumb topping or a pecan one (I LOVE pecans!), but then a debate was over in a second when I forgot to divide dough and leave some for the crumbs. Haha, problem solved and I’m glad I am becoming partially amnestic. It makes me feel more connected to Alex. Man, it feels SOOOO good not to remember even 1/10th of the things I have to do. Combined with adrenal health stress relief and I’m a happy camper.
Enjoy these delicious Apple Oatmeal Bars with your family this Fall!
More Healthy Fall and Oat Desserts
- Healthy apple bread
- Healthy pumpkin bread
- Healthy pumpkin muffins
- Healthy apple muffins
- Healthy pumpkin chocolate chip bread
- Healthy oatmeal muffins
Apple Oatmeal Bars
- 2 cups quick or rolled oats
- 1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder aluminum free
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 egg large
- 1/2 cup + 3 tbsp raw honey divided
- 1/2 cup coconut oil room temperature (not melted)
- 1/4 cup applesauce unsweetened
- 3 medium apples I used Granny Smith
- Cooking spray I use Misto
- 1 cup pecans finely chopped
- 1/2 cup quick or rolled oats
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- In a large mixing bowl, add oats, flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt; mix well with spatula. Add 1/2 cup honey, egg (quickly whisked in a small bowl), coconut oil and applesauce. Mix with spatula until wet dough forms.
- In a medium bowl, add Topping ingredients and stir well. Place dough in prepared baking dish and level with spatula. On top lay apple slices overlapping and sprinkle with Topping. Bake for 45 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool completely. Drizzle with remaining honey before slicing into 18 squares.
Store: Store in a cool dry place for up to 3 days, refrigerate in a glass airtight container for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
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