Chewy Applesauce Oat Bars

  Chewy Applesauce Oat Bars (gf, df) - These healthy treats remind me of Nutri Grain Bars |
Do you know what I like? NutriGrain bars.

Do you know what I do not buy? NutriGrain bars.

Do you know what I made the other day. It wasn’t NutriGrain bars.

I know. You thought you had predicted the answer. But, I do not have the ability to make a chewy bar with jelly in the center. I think you would need a pretty fancy machine (or more patience thAn I have) to do that.

I can however make chewy bars… and sandwich jelly between them.

These came about yesterday when I was playing around with my Pumpkies recipe. I wanted an applesauce version with a lot less sugar. The Pumpkies are good, but they have too much sugar to make frequently.

Chewy Applesauce Oat Bars recipe- These allergy friendly bars are really good served with jelly. They remind me of the taste and texture of NutriGrain bars. |

I reduced the sugar by more then half (though I think you could go quite a bit lower still) and used applesauce instead of pumpkin puree. The final variation was spreading out the dough very thinly as I was in a hurry. The changes I made did change the texture quite a bit, but not in a bad way at all. One bite, and I knew the texture and taste reminded me of something. But couldn’t figure it out for a while.

I kept having to eat them to figure it out. Bummer.

Of course, you already know the answer. NutriGrain bars. The texture was remarkably similar to those chewy bars.

By cutting them into rectangles and sandwiching jelly between the are remarkably similar (except these are a TON healthier).

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Chewy Applesauce Oat Bars
Recipe type: Snack or Breakfast
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Chewy oat and applesauce bars.
  • 2 cups gluten free rolled oat flour (grind rolled oats in a coffee grinder, food processor, personal blender with a dry cup, or high powered blender)
  • ¼ cup arrowroot powder
  • 2 tablespoons ground golden flax (I recommend freshly ground)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon or apple pie spice (optional)
  • ½ - ¾ cup sucanat
  • 1 teaspoon corn free baking powder OR ¼ teaspoon baking soda and ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1¾ cup natural, unsweetened, applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla (optional)
  • ⅔ cup liquid coconut oil
  • Fruit-only jelly (optional, for serving)
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  2. Mix together the flour, arrowroot powder, flax, baking powder, salt, sucanat, and cinnamon (if using).
  3. Stir in the applesauce and vanilla, then the coconut oil.
  4. Spread mixture onto prepared pan. The more even the better. It should cover the whole pan.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes-- until it is baked through all the way in the center.
  6. Remove parchment and bars from pan to cooling rack.
  7. Ounce cool cut into even sized squares or rectangles and sandwich jelly between two pieces.

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  1. Cynthia says

    Is Flax a necessity for the recipe? I don’t tolerate Flax very well. Is there an alternative for it? I’m still new to the GF, etc. environment and still learning what’s an option and what’s not.

    Thanks! These sure do look great!!!!

    • says

      Hey Faith, if you use honey I would recommend using 1/2 cup honey and decrease the applesauce to 1 2/3 cup or adding another tablespoon of oat flour.

      As for the corn starch, I am not very familiar with it in baking but I would /think/ it should work. But, if tapioca would be possible I know that works as I have used it.

      • Faith says

        Thanks! I too used to love the Nutrigrain bars (and my kids did too) until I started reading the labels and now can’t stand buying things with HFCS and artificial dyes and so on. I’m definitely going to try this! I’m thinking a little pb & nutella sandwiched between two chewy slices…or mashed bananas…drool!


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