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Healthy Breakfast Baked Apple Oatmeal Bars

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This healthy baked oatmeal bars recipe is perfect to take-on-the-go for quick and healthy breakfasts or snacks. Oatmeal breakfast bars are soft, but hold their shape so you can cut them and don’t need a spoon to eat them. Full of traditional fall flavors like apple, oats, and cinnamon, these apple oatmeal bars will smell so good while baking. Apple breakfast bars are packed with nutritious oats, apples, milk, and eggs and are a filling breakfast or on-the-go snack perfect for little hands. 

You know what I love? When my friends text me for food ideas. Sometimes it’s “what should I make for dinner?” And sometimes it’s a little more specific like, “Do you have any healthy oatmeal breakfast bars (nut free!) that I can send with my daughter to school with?”

I always come through on the first question, but to the latter question, I can now say YES. I do now. And I can also say that I never knew I needed this apple oat bars recipe as much as I do!

In our current morning routine, we rush out the doors on preschool days. It’s a struggle to get there by 8, and breakfast is at 8:30 so we NEED to be there by 8:15. You feel me, right? There’s just no time for a sit-down “first breakfast.” (We can’t be the only family!)

And then there are the other days. The morning we walked to Target first thing in the morning? No time for fruit soaked oatmeal. The morning we walked to the farmer’s market first thing in the morning? No time for breakfast tacos. (Ok, this morning there probably is time, but I’m usually desperate to get my cup of coffee and Demi is desperate to get her beloved porridge from 3 Bear Oats.)

So what happens on all of these times that we don’t have time for a real breakfast? These healthy apple cinnamon oatmeal bars. 

We’ve been eating these apple oat breakfast squares a lot on these rushed mornings and the girls LOVE them. I love that I can make a big batch and store them in the freezer (easy!) and that they are starting their day with a nutritious “first breakfast” that’s got whole grains, fiber, and a little protein. (healthy!)

*Not responsible for oat crumbs in carseats*

This apple breakfast bars recipe was originally published in October 2018 and updated in September 2020 to improve recipe, and add more helpful tips.

Ingredients in Apple Oatmeal Bars:

You probably have all of these ingredients in your kitchen already, they are pretty basic:

  • old fashioned oats
  • whole wheat flour
  • apples (any variety will work)
  • brown sugar (optional, see swaps below)
  • vanilla
  • cinnamon
  • baking powder
  • milk
  • eggs
  • honey (only use honey if your kids are over age 1, it’s not safe for babies!)
  • butter

How to Make Healthy Baked Oatmeal Bars:

These apple breakfast bars take just 10 minutes to prep, here’s how we make them:

  • Mix dry ingredients. In a large glass bowl, mix together oats, whole wheat flour, diced apples, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and a pinch of salt.
  • Mix wet ingredients. In a smaller glass bowl, mix together milk, eggs, vanilla, honey (if using), and melted butter.
  • Combine apple oat bars batter. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until combined. Pour into a prepared 9×13 inch baking pan.
  • Bake healthy soft oatmeal bars. Bake the bars until golden brown, about 20-25 minutes.

How to Store Healthy Apple Breakfast Bars:

Store these healthy apple breakfast bars in the pan, or cut up into squares and store in a stasher bag or storage container.

Store them at room temperature for 1-2 days, in the refrigerator for 2-3 days, or in the freezer for 2-3 months.

How to Serve Soft Baked Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

There are a few different options – all of them delicious! The first step is to cut the healthy apple bars into squares.

  1. Eat at room temperature.
  2. Take out of freezer and warm up for about 30 seconds in the microwave.
  3. Warm up for about a minute (or until hot) in the microwave and drizzle milk or cream over the top for a baked oatmeal that can be eaten with a spoon.

Healthy Baked Oatmeal Bars Recipe Nutrition + Swaps:

This oatmeal breakfast bars recipe is pretty healthy all on its own, but you can make a few swaps if you would like to make them even healthier, or if your kids are young (between 1-3).

Originally, these apple oatmeal bars were made without flour and brown sugar, but as my kids got older and I got a little more flexible, I added a little flour and sugar too help the texture of these oatmeal breakfast bars stick together.

If you would prefer to leave them out, simply omit the flour and add an extra 1/4 cup of honey (1/2 cup total).

More Healthy Breakfast Recipes:

If you like this healthy baked oatmeal bars recipe, you might also like some of these other healthy breakfast recipes:

  • Blueberry Banana Smoothie – Both kids and adults love this naturally sweet and creamy smoothie.
  • Acai Bowls – Are they healthy? Are they not? Find out the answers and how to make them.
  • Banana Oatmeal Pancakes – Just 5 ingredients to make this healthy breakfast. Cut into strips for babies!
  • PB Banana Baked Oatmeal – This flavor combo makes for a filling breakfast, great to prep ahead for busy mornings.
  • Overnight Oats – 4 ideas on what to top your overnight oats with! Healthy and delicious.

Helpful Tools to Make Healthy Baked Oatmeal Bars Recipe:

  • Kids Knife – Have your kids help you make these baked apple oatmeal bars by chopping the apples. (You may need to run a knife through them again if they aren’t small enough, but they can get them started.)
  • Glass Bowls – These nesting bowls are perfect for mixing, storing, and even serving.
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Healthy Breakfast Baked Apple Oatmeal Bars


Description

Healthy baked apple oatmeal bars are packed with oats and apples, and are a filling breakfast or on-the-go snack. Just 10 min to prep.


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Ingredients

  • 3 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups chopped apple (small dice; about 23 medium apples)
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 Tbsp. cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup melted butter

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Prepare 9×13 inch pan with cooking spray or parchment paper.
  3. Mix together dry ingredients (oats, flour, sugar, apple, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt) together.
  4. Whisk together wet ingredients (milk, eggs, vanilla, honey, and melted butter) together. Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients.
  5. Pour into prepared pan and bake for about 20-25 minutes, or until cooked through and golden brown.
  6. Let cool before cutting.

Notes

  • Serve on-the-go as a pre-breakfast or easy snack.
  • Heat and serve with milk or cream and a drizzle of honey or syrup for a warm breakfast.
  • Freezable: cut into squares and freeze in a ziploc or stasher bag. Let thaw at room temperature or microwave for 30 seconds to heat up.

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  1. AvatarMercedes

    Yum, I love oatmeal in any form and especially when it is easy to transport! I will be making these this week and I know Sloane will love them too!

  2. AvatarArianne Gravunder

    we just made these. I wasn’t sure what to do with the butter. Mine turned out a little bit more cake like than your pictures. Not sure what I did wrong, but they were still good.

    • AvatarEmily

      Hi Arianne, thanks so much for writing, I just added the butter into the instructions. Sorry about that! You just dot it on the top, so it really just adds flavor, doesn’t do much else. Glad you liked them!

  3. AvatarJohn Baxter

    I just made these. They came out a little more cake like. I am putting them back in the oven a little longer as the
    top is brown but underneath is still wet. I did substitute almond milk. I think it might be better with a half cup of milk instead of a cup. Just thinking out loud. They are good, though.

    • AvatarEmily

      Hi John! How did it turn out with a little extra time in the oven? They definitely are more cake-like than granola bar, so hopefully they turned out just right!

  4. AvatarSharon Annett

    In an effort to make these plant based, I made these with a couple of substitutions – almond milk, and peanut butter instead of eggs. The honey is questionable – but, decided to change that next time. They turned really good. Will definitely be making these again.

  5. AvatarAnne Kim

    Hi, Emily~
    I’m glad to find you ^^
    I’m korean and also live in Korea.
    So.. I’m just confused what kind of measuring cup you used. Cause 1 cup means usually 200millimeter in Korea. Thanks ~~ and take care amid outbreak of Covid 19.

  6. AvatarNadine Michelle

    They were decent. I didn’t love the texture, it was a little tough but maybe I just don’t like oats like that. They don’t taste like store bought which is good and bad. I guess I thought they’d taste different but always worth trying new recipes.

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