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Apple-Berry Healthy Oat Breakfast Bars ~ Gluten-Free and vegan

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I prefer to grab a quick breakfast like these Apple-Berry Healthy Oat Breakfast Bars rather than spend a long time in the kitchen before my daily workouts, so these tasty bars are perfect!!

 

We’ve sure enjoyed growing apples, pears, plums, and figs over the years, and it’s  a treat to go pick fresh, organic fruit in your own backyard and garden.

I’m always trying to find new ways to use up all those apples too, rather than just feeding them to our goats and cows.

APPLE VARIETIES WE GROW:
~Granny Smith
~Gravenstein
~Golden Delicious
~Red Delicious

 

Over the years we are finding more and more ways to use our tasty apples. Of course, we love sharing them too.

FAVORITE WAYS TO USE AND PRESERVE APPLES:
~Make ahead pie fillings for this Country Style Apple Pie
~Core and cut the apples in eighths and freeze. Add frozen pieces to your oats when cooking.
~Dehydrate apple slices with or without cinnamon.
~Apple Crisps
~Muffins
~Breakfast bars
~Scones
~Baked Zucchini & Apple Donuts
~Waffles

 

We like to eat these breakfast bars because they have all the healthy ingredients a bowl of oatmeal does and they add some variety to the “daily oatmeal” breakfast.

I had a small container of crushed berries leftover from when I was making jam and decided to mix it with some sliced apples for a new twist on our breakfast bars.  The combination turned out so good my husband keeps asking when I’m going to make more.

Note**You could always omit the berries and add another 1/2 cup of apples. I would suggest adding a little cinnamon to the filling too if you decide on just using the apples.

Try these healthy fruit and oat bars too, Fruit ‘n’ Oats Breakfast & Snack Bar

 

To Make Apple-Berry Healthy Oat Breakfast Bars You Will Need:

  • Apples (Pink Lady for Low FODMAP)
  • Berries, I used mixed
  • Ground flaxseed
  • Pure maple syrup
  • Bananas (green bananas for Low FODMAP)
  • Walnuts
  • Unsweetened coconut
  • Hemp seeds
  • Old fashioned oats, gluten-free if needed
  • Oat flour, gluten-free if needed
  • Cinnamon
  • Salt
  • Coconut oil

 

These healthy bars can also be served with ice cream or a non-dairy type and served as dessert.

Apple-Berry Healthy Oat Breakfast Bars  

Healthy breakfast or snack bars loaded with quality ingredients. Perfect recipe to make ahead and freeze.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Breakfast, Brunch, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: breakfast, dairy-free, fruit bars, gluten-free, oat fruit bars
Servings: 9 Bars
Calories: 229kcal
Author: Mary

Ingredients

  • Filling:
  • 2 1/2 cups thinly sliced apples Pink Lady for Low FODMAP
  • 1/3 cup crushed berries I used mixed
  • 2 Tbsp ground flaxseeds
  • 2 Tbsp pure maple syrup or agave
  • Oat Layers:
  • 2 medium bananas mashed (green bananas for Low FODMAP)
  • 2 Tbsp chopped walnuts
  • 2 Tbsp unsweetened coconut
  • 2 Tbsp hemp seeds
  • 1 1/4 cup old fashioned oats gluten-free if needed
  • 1 cup oat flour gluten-free if needed
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil ~ I don't melt the coconut oil but feel free if you prefer.

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Prepare an 8"x8" pan with a non-stick spray or parchment paper.
  • In a small mixing bowl add all ingredients for filling. Stir to combine and set aside. For a softer apple texture in the finished bars, microwave the apple mixture 2 - 2 1/2 minutes on high.  Then set aside.
  • In a medium mixing bowl add all ingredients for the oat layer in the order listed. Mix well.
  • Scoop out 1 cup of oat mixture and set aside for the topping. Press the remaining mixture into the bottom of the pan.
  • Add apple or apple/berry mixture overall. Spoon remaining oat mixture over top and gently spread it over fruit. It won't be perfect; there will be some gaps.
  • Bake 30 minutes. Topping will feel quite firm.
  • Set aside to cool. (I always eat a piece right away)
  • Store in refrigerator or freezer.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Serving | Calories: 229kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 135mg | Potassium: 275mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 57IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 2mg

 

Enjoy!!

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