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This is another great grab-n-go snack for a busy mom!

They are somewhat reminiscent of those soft Nutrigrain bars with the filling inside; specifically the apple cinnamon flavor (I think… it’s been years, obviously, since I’ve had one of those… but they were a staple in school ;)). Although these apple oat bars aren’t crumbly and don’t fall apart (I hated that about Nutrigrain bars!). I used loved the convenience of those bars, and these are the same way! I can throw 2 or 3 of these squares in a baggie in my purse and have a handy snack while out and about with the little one.

Apple Oat Bars (GF, DF, & SF)

6 apples (I used 3 red delicious & 3 gala)
1/4 cup almond milk
2 tbs coconut oil
1 tbs honey (I buy raw local)
1/4 tsp NuNaturals Liquid stevia (optional – I don’t think it needed this looking back)
1 tsp vanilla
1.5 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup sweet rice flour
1.5 cups GF quick oats (I used Bob’s Red Mill)
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp xanthan gum


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a food processor, add the apples and pulse until they are coarsely chopped. You can keep a few bigger pieces out to add at the end, for overall texture, if you want – that’s what I did and I liked how it turned out. Completely optional though (you can see an example of this in one of the bars in the top photo). Then add all other ingredients in the order listed and process for about 30 seconds. Potentially longer, but the main idea is the get everything well blended. I also recommend adding the coconut oil as a liquid (aka, at 73 degrees or more, which will melt it).

Lay a piece of parchment paper over a cookie sheet with edges (I used an 11 x15″-ish baking pan) and pour the batter in. You may need to smooth it out some, but for the most part, it will settle evenly. Add any larger pieces of apples now to the pan.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 40 minutes or until the edges are nicely browned. Remove the pan from the oven and let cool for 15 minutes before cutting the squares. Remove and enjoy!

Makes 2-3 dozen, depending on how you cut them. They store well in the fridge although they loose their crunchy outer texture. They were best right out of the oven, but I still thought they were great grab-n-go snacks a day (or week ;)) later!

~Aubree Cherie


This recipe is linked to Real Food Recipe Roundup, Mouthwatering MondaysInspire Me WednesdaysGluten Free WednesdayAllergy Free Wednesday, Full Plate Thursday, A Glimpse Inside Party, Allergy Free Friday, Fight Back Friday, Food on Friday, Friday Favorites,

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6 Responses to Apple Oat Bars (GF, DF, & SF)

  1. Miz Helen says:

    One of these delicious Apple Oat Bars would be perfect with my morning coffee. Thanks so much for sharing this awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  2. Lindsey says:

    Can I replace the sweet rice flour with brown rice flour?

  3. Audrey says:

    this looks amazing!

    I really can’t have xanthan gum (something I discovered this week)… Do you have a suggestion for a substitute?

    • Hi Audrey, is it because it’s made from corn? I know that can be a problem with lots of diets, so I understand! If it were me, I would just try it without the xanthan gum. While it’s purpose is to be a binder, the ingredients in these bars should help it to stay together when it’s done. A lot of times when I bake, I add xanthan gum ‘for good measure’ – sort of a ‘just in case’ thing. Maybe that sounds terrible, but there it is! I mean it as an encouragement that it will probably turn out just fine if you choose to omit it :) If you try it, please let us know how it turned out for you! All the best, ~Aubree

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