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!
This recipe is linked to Real Food Recipe Roundup, Mouthwatering Mondays, Inspire Me Wednesdays, Gluten Free Wednesday, Allergy Free Wednesday, Full Plate Thursday, A Glimpse Inside Party, Allergy Free Friday, Fight Back Friday, Food on Friday, Friday Favorites,