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Apple Oat Bars

Apple Oat Bars

These bars are like a cross between a dense cake and a bowl of oatmeal.  They can be eaten for breakfast, snack, dessert . . . basically whenever you darn well please . . . they are filling, delicious, and free of refined sugars.  

Servings 10

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
  • 1 cup milk (whichever kind you prefer)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup almond butter (100% almonds with no added ingredients)
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon blackstrap molasses
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 apple, peeled and finely chopped (I have used Fuji and Braeburn apples)
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Grease an 8x8-inch baking pan and set aside.

  2. Whisk together the rolled oats, oat flour, ground flaxseed, ground cinnamon, baking powder, and fine grain sea salt together in a large mixing bowl.

  3. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the milk, unsweetened applesauce, maple syrup, almond butter, water, blackstrap molasses, and almond extract.  Pour this into the dry ingredients and stir until everything is just combined.

  4. Fold in the chopped apple and pecans, then pour the batter into the prepared baking pan.

  5. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown and the center has set.  Let the bars cool before slicing, as they will continue to set as they cool.  The bars can be stored in the refrigerator or individually wrapped in plastic wrap and stored in the freezer.