These tasty kid-pleasing bars are made with wholesome oats, butter and brown sugar.

Recipe Summary

Servings:
16
Yield:
16 bars
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat an 8x8-inch baking pan with vegetable cooking spray. Line with heavy-duty foil, leaving an overhang on two sides to facilitate removal of bars from pan. Coat foil with cooking spray.

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  • Mix flour, oatmeal, sugar, and salt in a medium bowl. Stir in butter with a fork until well mixed and clumps form, and then spread half the oatmeal mixture over foiled pan bottom, pressing to form a thin crust.

  • Spread apple butter over crust and then sprinkle remaining oatmeal mixture on top.

  • Bake until crisp and golden brown, 30-40 min.

  • Cool to room temperature. Use foil handles to remove bars from pan. Cut into squares and serve.

Nutrition Facts

168 calories; protein 1.5g 3% DV; carbohydrates 27.6g 9% DV; fat 6.2g 10% DV; cholesterol 15.3mg 5% DV; sodium 80.6mg 3% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
08/05/2015
These bars were quite tasty. They reminded me of a square form of an apple crumble pie. I am in the habit of lightening all recipes up so I did do that to this one with good results. I made my own mock apple butter. Most have tons of sugar. Although I have not seen the Musselman's suggested yet. I used 2 4oz cups of unsweetened organic applesauce 2 Tblsp plus 2 tsp of maple syrup and 1 tsp of apple pie spice. I microwaved it 2 1/2 minutes in my small microwave stirring half way through. When it cooled it down it was plenty thick to use. I cut the brown sugar down to 1/2 cup lightly packed and they were still quite sweet to me. I also used half all purpose flour and half white whole wheat and subbed half of the butter with safflower oil. I decided to use softened butter instead of melted. I think that made it hold together better. I couldn't understand why the directions would call for spraying the pan and then lining with foil. I always line with foil and then spray with Baker's Joy to avoid cleaning a pan. I put closer to 2/3 of the crumble mixture on the bottom for stability and ease of cutting. My bars took closer to the 30 minute time to bake. When done I let them near completely cooling before cutting. The foil lifted right out of the pan and off the sides of the bar making them easy to cut. This is more of a plated bar recipe as it is very crumbly. I got 12 bars at 192 each made as above. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/05/2015
These bars were quite tasty. They reminded me of a square form of an apple crumble pie. I am in the habit of lightening all recipes up so I did do that to this one with good results. I made my own mock apple butter. Most have tons of sugar. Although I have not seen the Musselman's suggested yet. I used 2 4oz cups of unsweetened organic applesauce 2 Tblsp plus 2 tsp of maple syrup and 1 tsp of apple pie spice. I microwaved it 2 1/2 minutes in my small microwave stirring half way through. When it cooled it down it was plenty thick to use. I cut the brown sugar down to 1/2 cup lightly packed and they were still quite sweet to me. I also used half all purpose flour and half white whole wheat and subbed half of the butter with safflower oil. I decided to use softened butter instead of melted. I think that made it hold together better. I couldn't understand why the directions would call for spraying the pan and then lining with foil. I always line with foil and then spray with Baker's Joy to avoid cleaning a pan. I put closer to 2/3 of the crumble mixture on the bottom for stability and ease of cutting. My bars took closer to the 30 minute time to bake. When done I let them near completely cooling before cutting. The foil lifted right out of the pan and off the sides of the bar making them easy to cut. This is more of a plated bar recipe as it is very crumbly. I got 12 bars at 192 each made as above. Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
10/22/2015
Ohhhhh wow!!!! Is this recipe goooooddd rich in flavor and crunch and chewyness mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm I didn't have apple butter so I just used fresh granny smith apples and put a little cornstarch and flour and butter and sugar on them and let em sit in it for like 15 mins that's all I did for the middle omg!!!!!!!!!? Sooooooooo goooood!!!!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/01/2014
I really loved these. I made them gluten-free. Really nice for a breakfast bar and the recipe comes together so fast. I'm going to do them again tonight with a different type of fruit filling! Thanks again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/18/2018
Very good!! I used my homemade apple butter which is very flavorful but I think these would be good even with store bought apple butter. I noticed that the name of these are "Cinnamon Oatmeal Bars" yet there isn't any cinnamon in the recipe? I added a couple of shakes of cinnamon into the oatmeal mixture. I plan to make these again and again experimenting with different fruits. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/24/2014
I added cinnamon and doubled the recipe to make them thinker. Delicious prefect for on the go breakfast or snack.???? Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/25/2017
I like the original recipe I also substituted a blueberry compote for the filling and was a hit with the family and office. I usually double recipe because it doesn't last long. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/14/2015
Doubled the recipe to fill a 9x12 pan. Also I used homemade apple butter from AR. Last of all I would try different fillings like Pear Butter from AR. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/25/2015
I used about 3/4 cup apple butter and 1/4 cup honey and they turned out great! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/16/2015
I was looking for a way to use apple butter and these are yummy! I may try it using jam or even Nutella instead of apple butter - I think you could fill with whatever you had on hand! I tripled this and made an 8x8" square plus a 9x13". I baked both pans for 40 minutes. They didn't really turn "golden". Excellent recipe. Read More
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