It’s fall! For me, that means three months of non stop baking, decorating and general holidaying. I just LOVE this time of the year. Today’s new recipe features these apple pie oatmeal bars. They are packed full of flavor and a perfect choice for enjoying the cooler autumn days.
Since so much of the next few months is focused on foods, I try, as much as I can, to incorporate healthy whole ingredients in my recipes. For baking, that means Old Fashioned Quaker Oats are going into these Apple Pie Oatmeal Bars.
We all know how that oats are a super grain that have been a part of morning routines for many years. But did you know that Quaker is taking the WHOLE MONTH of October (or Oatober as they like to call it!) to remind people about this hearty and versatile superfood. I use them all the time in my savory dishes, in hearty breakfast bowls, and in lots of my sweet treats. With nearly 140 years of experience, Quaker knows how to make sure that you get the highest quality of oats possible.
Time to make these Apple Pie Oatmeal Bars!
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I love to take a photo of all my ingredients before I start my recipes. It makes me drool just thinking about how the recipe will taste, and also makes sure that I actually have everything on hand that I need. I keep a very well stocked pantry, but sometimes it is hard to find things in it. So here we go! Look at what goes into these Apple Pie Oatmeal Bars!
I have to admit. I COULD make the apple filling by hand. It’s just apples, and butter and flour and cinnamon and salt, and brown sugar, and, and, and… But Fall is a busy time for me, so canned apple pie filling will do just fine, thank you very much! Using it cuts the time to make this recipe quite a bit and it tastes delicious, as well.
The first step is to just mix the dry ingredients in a bowl and whisk them all together.
Parchment paper makes clean up easy.
I always line my baking pans with parchment paper when I make bars. It makes them so easy to take out later and makes clean up a breeze. Spraying with a bit olive oil in my Misto sprayer helps, too! Press half of this mixture in the prepared pan. I just added the mixture and used my hands to press it in, being careful to keep the parchment paper in place.
Spread the apple pie filling over the bottom layer, and then add the remainder of the oatmeal mixture on top. How easy is that?
Bake for about 25-30 minutes until golden brown.
The oatmeal mixture has a buttery sweet flavor and is nice and crispy and the apple filling tastes like Grandma’s apple pie without the crust. If you don’t mind crumbly, go ahead and eat them straight out of the oven. (Served warm, the bars will be more like an apple crumble.)
If firm bars rocks your boat, then let them cool to set well. I put mine in the fridge to speed this process up. Either way, both are wonderfully tasty.
Time to sample the bars.
One bite of these Apple Pie Oatmeal Bars and your family will say “more please Mom!”
These Apple Pie Oatmeal Bars are so hearty and delicious. They are wonderful served with ice cream right out of the oven but also tastes great cold as a quick morning treat.
What is your favorite way to add Quaker Old Fashioned Oats in the month of Oatober? Please share your ideas in the comments below.
If you love hearty bar recipes, be sure to try these blueberry granola bars. They are yummy and Dairy-free!
Apple Pie Oatmeal Bars
- 30 oz can of apple pie filling
- all purpose flour - 1½ cups of
- ½ cup plus 6 tbsp butter, cut into pieces
- Quaker Old Fashioned Oats - 1½ cups
- 1 cup of light brown sugar, firmly packed
- a teaspoon of baking powder
- ½ tsp sea salt
- Preheat oven to 350 º F. Line a 9 x 13" baking pan with parchment paper, and open the apple pie filling and set aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, Quaker Old Fashioned Oats, brown sugar, baking powder and sea salt. Place in a food processor and pulse until well combined.
- Press half of the mixture into an even layer in the bottom of the prepared baking dish.
- Spread the apple pie filling over the bottom layer of the oat mixture
- Add another layer of the remaining oat mixture on top of the apple pie filling
- Place the baking pan in the oven and bake for 30 to 40 minutes.
- Allow to cool completely and then cut into squares. Store in an airtight container. Enjoy!
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