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.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease an 8x8-inch baking pan and set aside.
Whisk together the rolled oats, oat flour, ground flaxseed, ground cinnamon, baking powder, and fine grain sea salt together in a large mixing bowl.
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.
Fold in the chopped apple and pecans, then pour the batter into the prepared baking pan.
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.