Oat & Apple Breakfast Bars

2013-11-16
  • Servings : 9
  • Prep Time : 10m
  • Cook Time : 20m
  • Ready In : 30m

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 fatsย 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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!

 

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**
  • 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

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

**You can swap the 2 x apples for 2 x mashed bananas if you like ย ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Oat and Apple Bars

 

Method

Step 1

Pre heat your oven to 190 degrees C

Step 2

Add the chopped apples to a food processor & pulse until they are finely chopped and turned 'mushy'

Step 3

Mix together the oil, honey & vanilla in a pan over a medium heat before adding the diced apples & mixing well

Step 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

Step 5

Press the mixture into a baking tin lined with baking paper & bake for 15-20 minutes until golden

Step 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!

 

Oat Apple Cakes

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

 

UPDATE:ย Thank you to everyone who sends me pictures of my recipes onย Twitterย &ย Facebookย – here are a selection!!

Oat Apple Bars

Oat & Apple Bars

Healthy Flapjack

Oat bars

Oat Apple Bars

*My Protein Flapjacks are at the bottom too!

Oat Apple Bars

Oat Apple Bars

Healthy Oat Bars

Oat and Apple Bars

Oat Apple Bars*with added raspberries!

Oat Apple Bars

Healthy Snack Bars*Check out the protein flapjacks at the bottom too!

Apple and oat bars

oat apple bars

Oat apple bars

Oat apple bars

Banana Oat BarsBanana (instead of apple!) & Oat Bars

Banana Oat BarsBanana & Oat Bars

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Nutritional Info

This information is per serving.

  • Calories

    110Kcal
  • Carbs

    15g
  • Protein

    2g
  • Fat

    4g

Recipe Comments

Comments (34)

  1. posted by Jade Ashdown on November 16, 2013

    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

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on November 16, 2013

      Hi Jade! Oh thank you so much for your lovely picture and comment ๐Ÿ™‚ Love your little tweaks and so glad that you enjoyed it!! Thank you!! xx

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  2. posted by Helen on November 17, 2013

    So easy to make and really tasty too!
    Another hit with the other half, always a bonus ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on November 18, 2013

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

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  3. posted by tina on November 18, 2013

    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!

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on November 19, 2013

      Hello! It’s in the blue box at the top right ๐Ÿ™‚ You need to look at total carbs not sugars as all carbs bread down into glucose ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

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  4. posted by Stephanie on November 22, 2013

    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.

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on November 22, 2013

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

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  5. posted by Karen Newton on November 24, 2013

    Mine crumbled as dont think I make them thick enough, however i will have it mixed with some yoghurt for breakfast ๐Ÿ™‚ still tastes yum!

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on November 24, 2013

      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!!

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  6. posted by Laura on November 26, 2013

    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.

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on November 26, 2013

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

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  7. posted by Adele on January 5, 2014

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

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  8. posted by Sophie on January 12, 2014

    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

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on January 12, 2014

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

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  9. posted by Blanka on January 14, 2014

    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?

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on January 14, 2014

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

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  10. posted by Sarah D on January 18, 2014

    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) ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on January 19, 2014

      Hehe I LOVED your pic! Better than any of mine ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks Sarah!! xx

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  11. posted by Kirsty Nicol on February 17, 2014

    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 =)

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on February 17, 2014

      Aw thank you for your lovely comment Kirsty!

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  12. posted by Mimi on June 7, 2014

    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!!

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on June 7, 2014

      Give them a try! You won’t be disappointed ๐Ÿ™‚ x

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  13. posted by Pamela on April 7, 2015

    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.

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on April 7, 2015

      That’s great to hear!! I’ll work on it ๐Ÿ™‚ thank you!! xx

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  14. posted by Grace Brownlie on March 15, 2016

    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!

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on March 15, 2016

      Hello! For a good few days/week – or freeze them to make them last longer ๐Ÿ™‚ Good luck, do let me know how they turn out! x

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  15. posted by Ranlynne Bloch on September 15, 2016

    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

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on September 15, 2016

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

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  16. posted by Emily on November 19, 2016

    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.

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on November 20, 2016

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

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  17. posted by Rachel on November 27, 2016

    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

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on December 2, 2016

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

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