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Apple Oatmeal Bars

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Apple Oatmeal Bars 

It’s a new recipe for me. On a whim, I tried this recipe. I had some extra apples that needed to be eaten or used up, and it’s just that time of year when apple-anything is good. This recipe is a keeper and I’ll be using it a lot! You can make these ahead of time and freeze them for later. A container of apple oatmeal bars is great to have on hand when you need a snack or dessert for expected or unexpected company.

There are four layers to this recipe. The top and bottom layers are the crumb layers. There’s a crumb bottom. You will reserve some of the crumbs for the top layer.

There is a second layer – the apples. Peel and slice the apples into thin bars

The third layer is a sauce. The sauce contains sugar, water, cornstarch, and vanilla. After you complete the sauce, pour it over the bars

The fourth layer is the remaining crumbs. Spread the crumbs evenly over the apples and sauce. 

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Bake it at 350 for 25-35 minutes or until done.  Serve warm or cold. Serve plain, with a glass of  milk, or some cool whip or ice cream. Enjoy!

apple oatmeal bars

The recipe for apple oatmeal bars

apple bars

Apple Oatmeal Bars

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A simple apple oatmeal bar that can be made ahead and frozen or served fresh. Easy to make and soooo good. KIddos at my house asked for seconds and thirds.
4 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 2 dozen


  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/4 cups cold butter divided
  • 5-6 cups peeled apples thinly sliced
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Combine the following in a bowl: flour, oats, brown sugar, and baking soda
  • Add 1 cup + 2 Tablespoons butter - cut into mixture with pastry cutter or knife or fingers until youi have coarse crumbs
  • Keep 2 cups for topping
  • Put the rest of the crumbs in the bottom of a 9 x 12" greased pan
  • Peel and slice apples and put them in layers on top of the crumbs
  • Set aside.
  • In saucepan, combine the following: sugar, cornstarch, water, vanilla, and 2 Tbsp. butter
  • Bring to a boil and stir for about 2 minutes or until it is thick and bubbly
  • Spread sauce over the apples
  • Top with the remaining crumbs
  • Bake at 350 for 35-45 minutes or until lightly browned

I found this recipe through Taste of Home.  [Find more great recipes at].

apple oatmeal bars

This post is a repeat from five years ago. It’s still a fun recipe to make!

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  1. I am sure you can cut the recipe in half. OR you could make the recipe and then cut them into bars and put most of them in the freezer. Just take out what you need, one at a time. 🙂 I was thinking that some cream cheese in the apples would be good, too – maybe added to the sauce? But then, I do love all things cream cheese. 🙂

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