I am so proud of these apple oatmeal squares! I don’t really bake for the blog; as baking often needs to be so much more precise than other recipes I find the idea of developing recipes a bit too daunting. But I went out on a limb and tried putting some ingredients together and these squares turned out so good!

I would categorize these as a not-sweet treat, although I’ve actually been enjoying two of them for breakfast the past couple mornings with a dollop of full-fat greek yogurt and a drizzle of almond butter! Whether as a snack or as breakfast, these bars are pretty filling and are a great addition to your meal prep routine!

Apple Oatmeal Bars

  • 2 cups (500mL) oats

  • 3 tsp (45mL) cinnamon

  • 1 tsp (5mL) baking soda

  • ½ tsp (2mL) nutmeg

  • ¼ tsp (1mL) sea salt

  • 2/3 cup (160mL) apple sauce, unsweetened*

  • 2 large eggs

  • 2 tsp (10mL) vanilla

  • 2/3 cup (160mL) diced apple

Preheat oven to 360F/180C. Line a 9” (23cm) square baking pan with parchment paper, allowing the ends to hang over the edge of the pan slightly.

In a mixing bowl, mix all dry ingredients until well combined.

Add the apple sauce, eggs, and vanilla, and continue mixing until fully combined and a dough has formed. Fold in the diced apple.

Using a spatula, spread the mixture evenly into the baking pan.

Bake in the oven for 20 minutes. The cake should be slightly browned, firm and spring back in the centre when pressed. Using the ends of the parchment paper, remove the cake from the pan and allow to cool.

Cut into 9 squares (3×3) and enjoy immediately or store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Makes 9 squares

* As said, this is a not-sweet treat with no added sugar. If you prefer something sweeter, add up to ¼ cup (60mL) of honey or maple syrup

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