Apple-icious Oat Bars

Apple-icious Oat Bars | ChopChop

Description

You've tried applesauce and apple pie, but we bet you've never tasted this yummy treat!

Hands-on time: 15 minutes
Total time: 1 hour
Makes: 9 Servings

Kitchen Gear: 

Cutting board
Sharp knife
Measuring cups
Measuring spoons
2 mixing bowls
Square 8 x 8 inch baking pan: glass, ceramic or metal
Wooden or metal spoon or rubber spatula
Metal spatula
Potholder

Ingredients

3⁄4 cups
old-fashioned rolled oats
1 tablespoon
all-purpose flour
1⁄4 cup
whole-wheat flour
1⁄2 cup
lightly toasted almonds or pecans
1⁄2 cup
light-brown sugar
1⁄2 cup
all-purpose flour (for crust)
1⁄2 teaspoon
ground cinnamon
1 pinch
baking powder
3 tablespoons
canola oil
4  
granny smith apples (peeled, cored and chopped)
1⁄4 cup
dried cranberries, or raisins
2 tablespoons
honey, maple syrup, or light-brown sugar
3 tablespoons
unsalted butter, melted

Instructions

  1. With the help of your adult, turn the oven on and set it to 350 degrees.
  2. TO MAKE THE CRUST: Put the oats, flours, nuts, sugar, cinnamon, salt, and baking powder in a small bowl. Using your clean hands or a spoon, mix well. Add the butter and oil and mix again, until the topping is crumbly and looks like little pebbles. Pat down half of the crust mixture into the bottom of the baking pan. Leave the rest of the crust mixture in the bowl while you make the filling.
  3. TO MAKE THE FILLING: put the apples, cranberries, honey, and flour in a small bowl and mix well. Pour the apple mixture on top of the crust in the baking pan. Using the back of a spatula, press the mixture down until the top is flat and even.
  4. Top the apple mixture with the topping left from the bowl and pat it down.
  5. With the help of your adult, put the baking pan in the oven and bake until the top of the apple mixture is lightly browned and the apples are soft, 40–45 minutes.
  6. When the pan comes out of the oven, pat down the mixture again with the spatula.
  7.  Set aside to cool and cut into 9 pieces.