Apple-icious Oat Bars

You've tried applesauce and apple pie, but we bet you've never tasted this yummy treat!

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Hands-on time:
15 minutes
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Total time:
1 hour
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Makes
9
Servings

Kitchen Gear

Cutting board
Sharp knife (adult needed)
Measuring cups
Measuring spoons
2 mixing bowls
Square 8 x 8 inch baking pan: glass, ceramic or metal
Wooden or metal spoon or rubber spatula
Metal spatula
Pot holders

Ingredients

  *Crust Ingredients*
3⁄4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1⁄2 cup all-purpose flour
1⁄4 cup whole-wheat flour
1⁄2 cup lightly toasted almonds or pecans
1⁄2 cup light-brown sugar
1⁄2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1⁄4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 pinch baking powder
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
3 tablespoons canola oil
  *Filling Ingredients*
4 granny smith apples
1⁄4 cup dried cranberries, or raisins
2 tablespoons honey, maple syrup, or light-brown sugar
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

Instructions

  1. Turn the oven on and heat it to 350 degrees.
  2. TO MAKE THE CRUST: Put the oats, flours, nuts, sugar, cinnamon, salt, and baking powder in a small bowl. Using your clean hands or a spoon, mix well. Add the butter and oil and mix again, until the topping is crumbly and looks like little pebbles. Pat down half of the crust mixture into the bottom of the baking pan. Leave the rest of the crust mixture in the bowl while you make the filling.
  3. TO MAKE THE FILLING: put the apples, cranberries, honey, and flour in a small bowl and mix well. Pour the apple mixture on top of the crust in the baking pan. Using the back of a spatula, press the mixture down until the top is flat and even.
  4. Top the apple mixture with the topping left from the bowl and pat it down.
  5. With the help of your adult, put the baking pan in the oven and bake until the top of the apple mixture is lightly browned and the apples are soft, 40–45 minutes.