Fall is the time for apples, apples everywhere! Fresh, in-season fruit is unbeatable in taste and price so we’re often stocked up, or overstocked, on seasonal fruit and vegetables. If you’re lucky enough to live near an apple farm, then you might even have a standing tradition of making an annual visit this time of year to pick up a bushel, give or take a few.
Besides apple pie, this recipe for Apple Oatmeal Bars is one of our family favorites. You can even substitute apple butter for the apples to get that vibrant fall flavor. This is a great option for later in the year when the fresh apple supply is depleted but you had the foresight to can up some apple butter!
These make a delicious snack or dessert, and I won’t tell if you sneak them in for breakfast! The oatmeal makes it more filling, and you can tweak the sugar to your sweetness preference, especially if you’re using apple butter that’s sweetened.
This makes an 8×8-inch pan so if you want to make a full 9×13 cake pan size, you will need to double the recipe.
Apple Oatmeal Bars
- 1 cup oatmeal
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 1/2 cups chopped apples or 3/4 cup apple butter
- 1/2 cup sugar
- Heat oven to 350. Combine oatmeal, salt, flour and cinnamon in a bowl. Cut in butter with a pastry cutter. Pat half of mixture into an 8×8-inch pan. Layer apples and sugar on top of bottom layer. Crumble remaining mixture on top. Bake 35 minutes or until browned.
Note: If using apple butter, omit the cinnamon and use sugar to taste.
For some substitution ideas, you can use either old-fashioned rolled oats or quick oats, whole wheat or a mixture of whole wheat and all-purpose flour, and either brown or white sugar.