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Maple Apple Pie Oat Bars

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Maple Apple Pie Oat Bars | MarlaMeridith.com

In the spirit of crispy cool days & reflections on childhood visits to upstate NY apple farms I bring you my Maple Apple Pie Oat Bars. These are delightfully happy little treats that can be enjoyed any time at all. Made with old fashioned rolled oats, pure maple syrup, crispy fresh apples and warming spices these are a great breakfast, dessert or snack recipe.

Maple Apple Pie Oat Bars | MarlaMeridith.com

The house smelled fragrant & wonderful while these bars were baking.

What is it about cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, maple syrup & apples? They evoke such great memories, comforting thoughts, smiles & satisfaction.

Maple Apple Pie Oat Bars | MarlaMeridith.com

If you are stressed or in a bad mood I suggest you bake up a batch of these. The smell alone will have you dancing & prancing around your kitchen. All natural aromatherapy & you don’t even need a trip to the spa, though that would be nice too!

Mmmmmm Homemade Whipped Cream! MarlaMeridith.com

Serve these bars warm with a side of maple sweetened Thick Greek Yogurt freshly whipped cream or your favorite ice cream. You can also make some extra apple-maple sauce to drizzle over the top. Now were talking. For add flavor & texture I added 1/2 cup of Ezekiel Cereal. You could also use Grape Nuts if you have those on hand. If you have neither, don’t worry simple use all oats.

Chocolate Covered Sunflower Seeds | MarlaMeridith.com #rainbow

Aren’t these chocolate covered sunflower seeds so adorable? They add so much to the presentation too!

Maple Apple Pie Oat Bars | MarlaMeridith.com

What is your favorite way to combine oats, spices & apples?

Maple Apple Pie Oat Bars

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 12 Oat Bars

Maple Apple Pie Oat Bars

Ingredients

  • large diced Apple - about 1 1/2 cups, skin on
  • 2 1/2 cups [Old Fashioned Rolled Oats|http://astore.amazon.com/familyfreshcooking-20/detail/B000VHI0MC}
  • 1/2 cup Ezekiel Cereal or Grape Nuts
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted Butter
  • 2 large Eggs, whisked & room temperature
  • 1/2 cup low fat Ricotta Cheese
  • 1/4 cup pure grade B Maple Syrup
  • 1 teaspoon pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground Cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • Cooking Spray

Method

  • Pre heat oven to 350 F with rack in the middle. Grease a 9x13 inch oven safe baking dish with cooking spray, or line with parchment paper. In a medium sized skillet heat butter over medium high heat. Add apples, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice & salt, stir together. Bring to a boil & reduce heat to medium. Cook about 5 minutes until apples have softened & mixture is golden brown.
  • Remove from heat & let cool a bit.In a large bowl combine oats, cereal, eggs & ricotta cheese. Stir in cooled apple mixture. Press batter into prepared pan so evenly distributed. Bake for about 20 minutes until cooked through & top is lightly browned. Slice into squares with a pizza cutter or sharp knife.
  • Optional
  • Top with whipped cream, ice cream, peanut butter, almond butter, more maple syrup, brown sugar, etc.
  • Notes
  • These bars are great re-heated in the toaster oven before serving. Yummy at room temperature too.
  • Be sure to use Old Fashioned Rolled Oats, not quick cook ones.
  • I prefer grade B pure Maple Syrup, this is darker in color & has a stronger maple flavor than grade A.
  • These bars are not too sweet. If you prefer them a bit on the sweeter side add some honey, pure maple syrup, stevia drops or stevia powder to the batter.
https://marlameridith.com/maple-oatmeal-apple-pie-bars-recipe/

Variations

Toss a handful of the following into the batter before baking:

  • Chopped toasted nuts or seeds – peanuts, pecans, almonds, walnuts, macadamias, sunflower seeds, etc.
  • Chocolate Chips
  • White Chocolate Chips
  • Cinnamon Chips
  • diced Candied Ginger
  • dried cranberries, blueberries or raisins
  • chopped dried apricots

Oat Bar Recipe Links

62 Responses to Maple Apple Pie Oat Bars

  1. Marla I LOVE these!!! Not only do they look just beautiful with your awesome presentation, but I can almost TASTE one with your awesome description!!! You go girl!

  2. Wow, Marla, these photos are incredible and so colorful and interesting. You really know how to set up an appetizing food scene. We could all learn a lot from you! Thanks for sharing these amazing images and this fun, delicious and healthy recipe for apple pie bars! I’m always looking for a new breakfast idea, and this will be something to try.

  3. It’s like an apple pie and a granola bar all in one, and they look delicious! These are perfect fall flavors. One of my favorite ways to combine these ingredients is to top halved apples with oats and spices and bake until soft.

  4. I buy a bag of apples every week at the market and I’m always looking for delicious new ways to use them! I will definitely be trying this, Marla!

  5. Oat bars are indeed all-time favourite treats for my son. Yours look so good and beautifully presented! By using so many nutritious ingredients, these bars are really a power-packed breakfast for the family! Btw. thanks for the link.

  6. I am telling you Sweet Girl!
    I am in LOVE with everything you make!
    These look delish!
    ANd the chocolate covered sunflowers on top…PERFECT!
    Your spunky~fun spirit shines through everything you make!
    And I just adore those buttons!
    I love them all…and am just going to rotate them on my sidebar!
    xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox
    Love having a bit of YOU on my blog!

  7. i grew up and also now live a LONG way from the apple, maple, and oat belts, but I still find them such a magical combination of flavors for fall. I would really love one of these bars with my morning coffee tomorrow. I’d better get cracking!

  8. Ooh these sound amazing for breakfast. Or an early morning snack. I’ll have to play around with the recipe because I don’t have maple syrup or ricotta cheese (too expensive) but I suppose I can use brown sugar? And maybe increase the butter….Mmm….

    • Sophia: That is the great thing about these oat bars. Measurements do not need to be precise & I bet you can easily swap out the ricotta for milk or greek yogurt. heck I would even try a sweet potato or pumpkin puree. Yes, the brown sugar is a great idea too!

      Barbara: I know you being in Florida & me in the OC the fall/winter months are not quite as we remember as kids! We need to make up for it by baking seasonal goodies.

      Teresa: You always bring me BIG smiles when you stop by for a visit. Thanks soooooo much for adding my button to your blog:)

      Abby: These bars would be simple to make with your little guy. They are super quick & easy, plus then he can decorate his own.

  9. Those colorful candies are so cheerful, I can imagine that kids would eat anything if those were on top! Great plot to get them to eat their oats. 😉

  10. Marla…unbelievably beautiful and fun! Your photography and styling skills are amazing, not to mention, the delicious sounding recipe–I tried to eat my monitor. 😉

  11. These remind me of when we lived in New York City and we would take weekend trips to Vermont. We always enjoyed sampling the maple syrup and maple candies. These would be a wonderful after school treat for my kids.

  12. All apple recipes are ode’s to Upstate NY apple farms, in my opinion. :) I might be sick of pumpkin, but I never get sick of apple recipes. This is a great one, Marla!

  13. i don’t even have to eat one of these to undergo a mood improvement! the colorful sunflower seeds do that all on their own. :)

    • Grace: Isn’t it great when something so simple as colorful sunflower seeds can make up so happy!

      Liz: Pumpkin or apple can’t get enough of ’em! Miss those apple farms in upstate NY. Amazing memories.

  14. Marla, these are on the list for baking during my 2 days off! I have Nature’s Path Pumpkin Flax Plus Granola cereal, canned pumpkin, and dark brown sugar ready to go! I think this could be a great substitution combo! Thanks for sharing all your recipes!

  15. I absolutely LOVE bar cookies with oats in them! This recipe looks fantastic–it’s so much fun to bake with apples and pumpkin this time of year, you know? And the chocolate-covered sunflower seeds are an awesome thought!

  16. Marla – these oat bars look like wholesome goodness! Luv the ingredients you used…I’m going to try ’em, maybe using another cereal that’s more often in my pantry. Good stuff!

    Fantastic presentation – so colorful and vibrant. :)

  17. Your photos get prettier with every blog post! Love this recipe. The Grape Nuts made me laugh. Was just telling a friend about my mother-in-law’s risotto-making skills today and the words, “Grape Nuts” came up in the conversation!
    Thanks for another yummy recipe.

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  19. I just stumbled across your blog, and WOW! Your photography is GORGEOUS! So colourful and delcioius-looking! I’ll definately have to try these bars! 😀

  20. These would be perfect. Just went to the apple orchard and came home with APPLes and well need to do something with them that are good for you too.

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