Apple Pie Bars

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Finding healthy and tasty snacks for our toddlers can be a challenge, but these Apple Pie Bars are a game-changer! Packed with wholesome ingredients and the comforting flavors of apple pie, these bars are perfect for little hands and big appetites. They’re easy to make and a wonderful way to incorporate more fruit into your child’s diet.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups rolled oats, blended into a fine flour
  • 2 cups unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 medium apple, chopped into small pieces
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup (OPTIONAL! The bars are naturally sweet, perfect for toddlers, but if you want them even sweeter for yourself go ahead and add maple syrup!)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat Your Oven: Start by preheating your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Prepare the Oat Flour: Place the rolled oats in a blender and blend until you achieve a fine flour consistency.
  3. Mix the Ingredients: In a large bowl, combine the oat flour, unsweetened applesauce, cinnamon, vanilla extract, melted butter, and chopped apple (plus maple syrup if using). Mix well until all ingredients are evenly incorporated.
  4. Transfer to Baking Dish: Pour the mixture into a greased or parchment-lined 8×8 baking dish, spreading it out evenly.
  5. Bake: Place the dish in the preheated oven and bake for 20 minutes, or until the bars are firm to the touch.
  6. Cool and Cut: Allow the bars to cool completely before cutting them into squares or bars. This ensures they hold together well and are easy to handle.

Why This Recipe is Great for Toddlers and Families:

  1. Nutritious: These bars are packed with healthy ingredients like oats and apples, providing essential vitamins, fiber, and whole grains. The oats offer a great source of energy, while the apples add natural sweetness and nutrients.
  2. No Added Sugar: Using unsweetened applesauce and fresh apples means these bars are naturally sweet without any added sugars, making them a healthier choice for your little ones.
  3. Kid-Friendly Flavors: The warm flavors of cinnamon and apple are reminiscent of apple pie, a comforting and familiar taste that kids love. These bars are sure to be a hit with toddlers and adults alike.
  4. Easy to Make: With just a few simple steps and ingredients, this recipe is perfect for busy moms. It’s also a fun baking project to do with your toddlers, helping them learn about cooking and healthy eating.
  5. Versatile: These bars make a great breakfast, snack, or even a dessert. They are perfect for lunchboxes, after-school snacks, or a quick bite on the go.

Storage Instructions:

  • Refrigerator: Store the bars in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. This helps keep them fresh and maintains their texture.
  • Freezer: For longer storage, you can freeze the bars. Place them in a freezer-safe container or ziplock bag, separating layers with parchment paper to prevent sticking. They can be frozen for up to 3 months. To enjoy, simply thaw at room temperature or warm briefly in the microwave.
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5 from 1 vote

Apple Pie Bars

Ingredients 

  • 3 cups rolled oats, blended into flour
  • 2 cups unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 medium apple, chopped into small pieces
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup, optional! The bars are naturally sweet, perfect for toddlers, but if you want them even sweeter for yourself go ahead and add maple syrup!

Instructions 

  • Start by preheating your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  • In a large bowl, combine the oat flour, unsweetened applesauce, cinnamon, vanilla extract, melted butter, and chopped apple (plus maple syrup if using). Mix well until all ingredients are evenly incorporated.
  • Pour the mixture into a greased or parchment-lined 8×8 baking dish, spreading it out evenly.
  • Place the dish in the preheated oven and bake for 20 minutes, or until the bars are firm to the touch.
  • Allow the bars to cool completely before cutting them into squares or bars. This ensures they hold together well and are easy to handle.

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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