Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Bars

Everyone on the planet (except a few people) seem to go bananas over PSL’s.  If you have been living under a rock and don’t know what that is, it is the Pumpkin Spiced Latte from Starbucks.  I can do pumpkin!  I can!  (As seen here.)  But in my coffee??  Um, sorry, no thanks.

Sometimes I like to bring people back to the beauty and perfection of apples in the fall.  When I walk through the grocery store, their scent wafts toward me and you might see me grabbing bags and bags of them.  They are the perfect portable snack, sweet, crisp.  Buuuut, they might be even better in Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Bars.

Fresh apple gives a very fun texture to these bars, as does the oatmeal.  Cinnamon chips add a fun twist and butter, well, just makes everything better.

First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line a 9 x 13 pan with sprayed aluminum foil.  Add flour, oats, brown sugar, salt, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg to a large bowl.  Cut in softened butter until mixed, crumbly and butter is about the size of peas.  (I like this pastry cutter!)

Pour half of the mixture into the pan and press down lightly to form the crust.  Next, lay the apple slices over top of the crust.

Finally, add cinnamon chips to remaining crumble mixture and pour over the top of the apples.  You do not need to press down.  Pour melted butter over top and bake for 30 minutes.  Cool completely before serving.  Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Bars are wonderful for a treat, breakfast (because…oatmeal, fruit,  right??) and they aren’t half bad with a scoop of ice cream (they get even better if possible).  See how versatile?!? Try adding this to your holiday baking this year, you won’t regret it!

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Bars
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Ingredients

  • 2 c. flour
  • 1 1/2 c. old fashioned oats
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1 t. baking soda
  • 1/2 t. cinnamon
  • 1/2 t. nutmeg
  • 1 c. butter, softened and 1/4 c. butter, melted
  • 1/4 c. cinnamon chips
  • 2 large apples, sliced thin (Granny Smith preferred)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 9 x 13 baking dish with foil that has been sprayed.
  2. In a large bowl, add flour, oats, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Mix well before cutting in softened butter until butter resembles the size of peas.
  3. Core, peel and slice two apples very thin.
  4. Pour half the oat mixture into the bottom of the pan and lightly press down. Layer the apples on top.
  5. Finally, add cinnamon chips to the remaining oat mixture and pour over the apples. You do not need to press down. Drizzle melted butter over the top and bake for 30 minutes until top is golden.
  6. Cool completely before serving plain or with a scoop of ice cream.
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