Oil Free Autumn Oatmeal Bars 2 Ways

Oil Free Autumn Oatmeal Bars 2 Ways
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TOTAL TIME :25minutes15minutes45minutes
8bars/batch
INGREDIENTS
  • APPLE PIE BAR INGREDIENTS
  • 3 1/2 cups instant oats
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons flax meal
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 large egg (**sub flax or chia egg)
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce (for lower sugar version, sub 1/4 C extra applesauce)
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon molasses (can leave out)
  • 1 large apple, cored & sliced vertically into 1/4" thick slices
  • PUMPKIN SPICE BAR INGREDIENTS
  • 3 cups instant oats
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons flax meal
  • 2/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 large egg (**sub flax or chia egg)
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon molasses (can leave out)
  • 1/4 cup (optional) raw pumpkin seeds
  • (optional) 1/3 cup melted coconut butter for drizzling
DIRECTIONS
APPLE PIE BAR INSTRUCTIONS
  1. **flax or chia egg: 1 tbsp flax meal or chia seeds mixed with 3 tbsp water. Allow to sit 10 minutes, or until it forms a gel consistency. Stir to evenly incorporate then use as egg Add 2 cups instant oats to a blender or food processor and blend until it forms a flour consistency. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and line an 8x8 baking dish with parchment paper, leaving at least 1 inch overhanging the edges.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together instant oats, oat flour, cinnamon, baking powder, flax meal and sea salt. In a smaller bowl, whisk together applesauce, egg, maple syrup and molasses. Add wet ingredients to dry and mix until evenly incorporated.
  3. Press half of your oat mixture in the baking pan. Use a dampened spatula to help spread. Cover with a snug layer of sliced apples, slightly overlapping. Press apples gently into oats. Top with remaining oat mixture. It’s a little sticky, but keep dampening your spatula with water and it will spread (it doesn’t have to look perfect!). If you have some leftover apple slices, you can press them into the top. Bake for 25 minutes, then allow to cool 15 minutes before removing from the baking dish. Cool another 30 minutes before slicing. Bars will keep tightly sealed on the counter for 2 days and refrigerated for 5. You can also freeze them up to 2 months.
PUMPKIN SPICE BAR INSTRUCTIONS
  1. **flax or chia egg: 1 tbsp flax meal or chia seeds mixed with 3 tbsp water. Allow to sit 10 minutes, or until it forms a gel consistency. Stir to evenly incorporate then use as egg Add 2 cups instant oats to a blender or food processor and blend until it forms a flour consistency. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and line an 8x8 baking dish with parchment paper, leaving at least 1 inch overhanging the edges.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together instant oats, oat flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, sea salt, baking powder and flax meal. In a smaller bowl, whisk together pumpkin puree, egg, maple syrup and molasses. Add wet ingredients to dry and mix until evenly incorporated.
  3. Press mixture into your baking pan in an even layer. Use a damp spatula to prevent sticking. Sprinkle evenly with pumpkin seeds and press gently into the mixture. Bake for approximately 22 minutes, then allow to cool 15 minutes before removing from the baking dish. Drizzle with melted coconut butter, if using. Cool another 30 minutes before slicing. Bars will keep tightly sealed on the counter for 2 days and refrigerated for 5. You can also freeze them up to 2 months.
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  • Katie

    Oooh I’ve been eager to get this recipe! I plan to make them this weekend!
    Rookie (and probably stupid) question for ya … would ground flax seeds be the same thing as flax meal?

    • Laura Lea Goldberg

      Not stupid/Rookie at all! YES, they are the same thing!

  • Meghan

    Yes! I’ve been waiting for this recipe! Can’t wait to make them this weekend!

    • Laura Lea Goldberg

      I hope you love them!

  • Rachel

    Can’t wait to make these! Quick question: is the flax meal necessary? I can pick some up at the store if so. But thought I’d ask since it’s not something I already have in my pantry

    • Laura Lea Goldberg

      I’ve never tested it without so I can’t say for sure! I think it would be fine without, but it does help as a binder. Let me know if you give it a try without!

      • Rachel

        Thanks! What type of apple is your favorite to use?

        • Laura Lea Bryant

          Honeycrisp or pink lady!

  • Candace Holliway Greer

    Can you use old fashioned oats?

    • Laura Lea Bryant

      Yes that should work! It will have a chewier texture, but that’s not a bad thing!

  • Jessica Reynolds-Corden

    I’ve been so looking forward to this recipe, and it didn’t disappoint! I made the pumpkin version last night. And as a girl with a gluten allergy, these were a God-send! They’re delicious, carb-y and hearty with all of the fall flavors I’ve been desperate for. Thanks for the recipes, Laura 🙂

    • Laura Lea Goldberg

      Yayyyyy!!!! this makes me so happy! Thanks for taking the time to share, Jessica!

  • Maheq Khiatani

    Do you have any suggestions for a good egg substitute to use in these?

    • Laura Lea Goldberg

      I think you can use a flax egg–1 tbs flax meal plus 3 tbsp water. mix and allow to sit 10 mins before using as the egg!

  • Teele Männik

    Can I use sweetened applesauce and then reduce the maple syrup?

    • Laura Lea Goldberg

      I haven’t tested it so can’t say for sure, but I think it would work! Maybe just do 1/4 cup extra applesauce and 1/4 cup less maple syrup to start

  • Leili M

    Would using a sugar free maple syrup substitute work? Something like Walden Farms?

    • Laura Lea Goldberg

      I’m not sure, I’ve never baked with one so I can’t say unfortunately!

  • Jennifer Rogers

    This may a silly question but is the 2 cups of oats for the flour in addition to the 3 1/2 cups you state in the ingredients? Thanks! Can’t wait to make these!

    • Laura Lea Bryant

      No the 2 cups of Oat flour is made from the 3 1/2 cups! You take 2 cups instant Oats and turn it into 2 cups Oat flour xx

      • Shannon Billits

        I’m also confused about this. I put 2 cups of oats in the blender to make oat flour. Do I mix it with 1.5 cup of regular oats? Or was I supposed to use all 3.5 cup oats in the blender to make oat flour?

        • Laura Lea Goldberg

          No you did it right! Put 2 of the 3.5 cups into the blender to make flour, then combine the flour you made with the remaining 1.5 cups oats!

  • Christine Hawks

    My daughter and her boyfriend are both seniors at Va Tech studying Health, Nutrition, Food and Exercise. Yesterday was such a beautiful day so they went apple picking. This morning she texted me these pics and I had to share. The joke in our family is that you are my best friend because I LOVE your cookbook and recipes so much. Apparently, all my talking about your healthy recipes has influenced them too. Thank you!!

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    • Laura Lea Bryant

      Oh my gosh!!! These pictures are so precious!!!! This message warms my heart, and honestly I feel like I’m besties with all of my readers so, FEELS lol!!! Thank you for taking the time to share this little story and images. Much love to you and your beautiful daughter and her boyfriend!

  • Diane Haynes

    I’m on my second batch of the pumpkin version! This time I subbed half of the maple syrup with honey, added a bit of cardamom, and put walnuts on top. So very yummy, especially with almond butter and a drizzle of honey!

    • Laura Lea Goldberg

      Wow that sounds incredible! I love those variations! Thank you so much for sharing, Diane!

  • melod kitten

    I just got the courage to find a nutritionist (Suzanne Pirkle) to help me with my relationship with food. I’m 36 and over 300lbs. She’s a big fan of yours and recommended your book. You haven’t let me or my husband down! I made both bars tonight and I’m tickled with the results. You have fans in Birmingham, AL!

    • Laura Lea Goldberg

      Wow, what a lovely message!!! Thank you so much for taking the time to share this with me. It truly means the world, and I am thrilled that you are taking care of your health. Please let me know if I can ever help with modifications/suggestions! xoxo

  • Morgan B

    Hi Laura Lea! Great recipe for apple picking season! I have an intolerance to flax. Is it ok to omit or should I substitute something/increase the oat flour to maintain the balance the wet ingredients? Thanks!