Oat & Apple Breakfast Bars

Oat & Apple Breakfast Bars

These oat based snack bars are both healthy and taste incredible, and they’re super simple to make as well.

 

The bars are a great source of soluble fibre (which optimises cholesterol levels) thanks to the wholegrain oats and dried fruit, as well as healthy fatsΒ from the seeds. Oats, fruit and seeds release their energy slowly, meaning that these bars help to keep you fuller and more energised for longer!

 

My oat & apple breakfast bars make the perfect snack, lunchbox treat, or breakfast on the go and are super easy to make too. You could even add dark chocolate chips to the mix to make them more of a ‘dessert’ type snack πŸ™‚

 

For variety, I’ve also included how to use bananas instead of apples and how to make a protein bar version too (see the notes below the ingredients list!).

 

Do let me know if you make them!

 

P.S If you want to make a ‘protein-packed’ crunchier version of these snack bars check out my Healthy Protein Flapjacks!

 

 

Oat and Apple Bars

Oat Apple Cakes

Healthy Oat & Apple Snack Bars

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups (150g) oats*
  • 1/4 cup (45g) dried fruit e.g. chopped apricots
  • 1/4 cup (40g) seeds/chopped nuts - optional
  • 2 apples - chopped (or 2 mashed bananas)
  • 1 tbsp oil/butter - I used melted coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp honey/agave nectar/maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon or ginger
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Pre heat your oven to 190 degrees C
  2. Add the chopped apples to a food processor & pulse until they are finely chopped and turned 'mushy'
  3. Mix together the oil, honey & vanilla in a pan over a medium heat before adding the diced apples & mixing well
  4. Mix together the oats, dried fruit, seeds/nuts, salt & cinnamon in a seperate bowl before adding to them the apple, oil, honey & vanilla mix
  5. Press the mixture into a baking tin lined with baking paper & bake for 15-20 minutes until golden
  6. Allow to cool before cutting into 9 bars & enjoy! I wrapped my bars in cling film and kept them in the fridge or freezer until I wanted them!

Notes

*For a higher protein snack bar swap 1/2 a cup of the oats for protein powder!

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving

Calories 110

% Daily Value

Total Fat 4 g

6%

Total Carbohydrates 15 g

5%

Protein 2 g

4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

P.S Here is what the bars looked like when I made them with mashed banana instead of apple (no food processor required!), butter instead of coconut oil, protein powder instead of some of the oats & sultanas as the dried fruit (no seeds).. yum!

Banana Protein Flapjacks

 

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34 Comments

  1. Jade Ashdown
    November 16, 2013 / 12:13 pm

    Wow my pic is on here I feel privileged ! Made a fresh batch this morning of these and they were so yummy ! So hard to believe there’s no extra sugar or baddies in these they are that good. Love the apple and cinnamon flavouring – another great recipe Nic thanks very much ! I added some extra rice malt syrup to bind these and some chia seeds, mixed chopped nuts and dried cranberries as I had no dried fruit or seeds in the house – the possibilities are endless ! x x

    • November 16, 2013 / 2:32 pm

      Hi Jade! Oh thank you so much for your lovely picture and comment πŸ™‚ Love your little tweaks and so glad that you enjoyed it!! Thank you!! xx

  2. Helen
    November 17, 2013 / 10:30 pm

    So easy to make and really tasty too!
    Another hit with the other half, always a bonus πŸ˜‰

    • November 18, 2013 / 7:15 pm

      Hurray! Thank you so much for the lovely feedback!!

  3. tina
    November 18, 2013 / 10:02 pm

    hi is there anywhere i can find the nutrition breakdown how many calories carbs and sugars? im trying to lose weight and dieabetic so this ionfo would be helpfull thanks they all look delish!

    • November 19, 2013 / 8:11 pm

      Hello! It’s in the blue box at the top right πŸ™‚ You need to look at total carbs not sugars as all carbs bread down into glucose πŸ™‚ xx

  4. Stephanie
    November 22, 2013 / 8:21 am

    Made these at 10.30pm to ensure a healthy snack the next day. So quick & Easy. I used raisins and gluten free oatd and they turned out great. I will definitely use some more/different fruit next time for natural sweetness. Definitely make these again. Great to use up bits in the cupboard too. Might try done frozen blueberries next time.

    • November 22, 2013 / 6:05 pm

      Oooh love your suggestions!! Thank you so much for your comment Stephanie! xx

  5. Karen Newton
    November 24, 2013 / 2:21 pm

    Mine crumbled as dont think I make them thick enough, however i will have it mixed with some yoghurt for breakfast πŸ™‚ still tastes yum!

    • November 24, 2013 / 4:43 pm

      Aw fab! Did you use all the same ingredients? You have to allow them to cool fully before slicing – good luck for next time if you make them!!

  6. Laura
    November 26, 2013 / 5:35 pm

    Making these babies using up the left over fruit and nuts bought for a Christmas cake and it certainly smells amazing! Will post a pic on twitter when they’re done.

    • November 26, 2013 / 8:16 pm

      Thank you so much Laura!! LOVED your pic!!! xx

  7. Adele
    January 5, 2014 / 8:26 pm

    Another fantastic recipe Nic, used up dried fruit
    And nuts left over from previous recipes,
    No waste which is great

  8. Sophie
    January 12, 2014 / 7:41 pm

    Hi Nic

    I tried to make these but mine are really crumbly and don’t stick together enough to cut into squares. Any ideas what I’m doing wrong?

    Sophie

    • January 12, 2014 / 8:43 pm

      Hi Sophie! Did you allow them to cool completely before slicing? And use all the ingredients/same method? Nic xx

  9. Blanka
    January 14, 2014 / 3:29 pm

    Love the flavor, but mine did not bind either. Do you really have to make the apple mushy? I chopped mine in small pieces, i felt it will be to juicy. Or is that is helps to stick together?

    • January 14, 2014 / 9:27 pm

      Hi Blanka, yes you really need to use a food processor so that the apple almost turns into a puree.. I hope this helps!

  10. Sarah D
    January 18, 2014 / 4:12 pm

    So easy quick & easy to make & totally delicious! I’ve had them as snacks this week & I’m in the process of making more. Convenient & nutritious, what more could you ask for?! (Mine are in the pic with the cake stand, they looked so pretty I couldn’t not display them) πŸ˜€

    • January 19, 2014 / 4:34 pm

      Hehe I LOVED your pic! Better than any of mine πŸ˜‰ Thanks Sarah!! xx

  11. February 17, 2014 / 6:53 am

    This recipe is so quick and simple, plus it tastes amazing! I make them for taking to work or after the gym for a healthiest snack rather than eating shop bought ones =)

    • February 17, 2014 / 6:34 pm

      Aw thank you for your lovely comment Kirsty!

  12. Mimi
    June 7, 2014 / 6:37 pm

    Just made them for next week pre-workout snacks. Haven’t tried them yet but I’m hoping they will taste as good as they smell!!

    • June 7, 2014 / 9:30 pm

      Give them a try! You won’t be disappointed πŸ™‚ x

  13. Pamela
    April 7, 2015 / 7:08 pm

    Made these tonight at same time as doing dinner, very easy and taste delicious! ! Got couple wrapped up in freezer and couple in the fridge for next few days. Thanks would really like some more ideas like these.

    • April 7, 2015 / 8:41 pm

      That’s great to hear!! I’ll work on it πŸ™‚ thank you!! xx

  14. Grace Brownlie
    March 15, 2016 / 7:28 am

    Hello, I like the sound of this recipe, and am going to make them soon, Just wondering (I am new to baking of any description!), how long do they keep?

    Thanks!

    • March 15, 2016 / 8:53 pm

      Hello! For a good few days/week – or freeze them to make them last longer πŸ™‚ Good luck, do let me know how they turn out! x

  15. Ranlynne Bloch
    September 15, 2016 / 1:59 pm

    H, I’ve just made a batch of the apple breakfast bars,they are super tasty but they are so crumbly, they not stayin together at all! Could I maybe add an egg to help bind it? Or what else could I use? I also added sesame seeds and pumpkin seeds with chia seeds! Yum

    • September 15, 2016 / 9:03 pm

      Hello! You could do yes, or more moisture e.g. honey.. pack them down tight before baking! Good luck! xx

  16. Emily
    November 19, 2016 / 4:01 pm

    Hi! For those of you who don’t have a food processor, don’t worry! I grated apples and just mixed into oats. Worked fine! I added dates as my dried fruit and used a scoop of protein powder and a scoop of peanut butter powder (just because I like the taste!) and sone flax, reduced oats by 1/4 cup. These are tasty! Good for kids too. Thanks Nic.

    • November 20, 2016 / 5:48 pm

      Aw that sounds great thank you Emily for the tips!!

  17. Rachel
    November 27, 2016 / 6:06 pm

    Hi, Thanks for this recipe. I’ve been looking at buying some granola bars, but sugar is nearly always 2nd ingredient on the list! I’ll be making these this week with my 3 year old too as she loves baking

    • December 2, 2016 / 9:16 pm

      Aw amazing! These are great for kids too!! Enjoy!! xx

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