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.
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.
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. Recommended daily sugar intake is 1 tbsp for women and 2 tbsp for men. Fruit doesn’t count – it digests differently because of fibre etc. Honestly, I often forget and get confused what is what and have to remind myself again by doing some digging. 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 universal 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! Looking for more healthy treats with oats or honey? Try my cranberry orange oatmeal cookies, chia jam recipe with cranberries, or healthy snickers bars with oats.
Apple Oatmeal Bars
Apple Oatmeal Bars Recipe with honey, oats, whole wheat flour, applesauce, apples, and cinnamon for healthy soft bars with a pecan topping.
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 45 minutes
- Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
- Yield: 18 servings
- 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.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, line 8″ x 11″ baking dish with unbleached parchment paper and spray with cooking spray. Cut apples in half, core and slice thinly (I used mandoline).
- 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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