Do you love to bake? Are you looking for an easy to make breakfast bar?
A delicious combination of cranberry and apple with a double oat and brown sugar, buttery streusel topping. Add a dash of cinnamon and cut into bars for easy grab and go breakfast bar.
Applesauce is and can be used to replace oils and fats in recipes. When baked it can transform into a jelly that can stand on its own.
This recipe is an easy bar that is great with your morning coffee or afternoon tea.
In this recipe, I use unsweetened applesauce since there is some brown sugar in this recipe, it doesn’t need the extra sugar.
Let’s Get Baking!
It all starts with a buttery crust and oatmeal topping.
For the crust, in a medium bowl combine flour, oats, brown sugar, baking soda and salt.
Using a pastry blender (or use a large fork), cut the cold butter into small cubes. Slowly add in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs or pea size crumbs, that are barely holding together. This is how we get a buttery crust.
Now split crumbly mixture into half. One part is for the bottom crust and the other other is for the topping.
In a 8x8x2 baking pan for thicker bars(or 11x7x1.5 for thinner bars), spray the pan with cooking spray and line the pan with parchment paper. Press the bottom crumb mixture into the bottom of the pan. Press firmly enough that the crust comes together to stick.
Save the topping half for later.
Moving onto the filling, in a medium bowl mix the applesauce, dried cranberries, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove together.
I love making this filling as regular applesauce. It is so tasty I can eat that by itself.
Then zest the orange into the filling mixture. It should be approximately 1 1/2-2 tablespoons of orange zest. This is much needed as it brightens the filling and adds citrus to a sugary crust. If you don’t have oranges, you can use lemons instead.
Mix the filling together until incorporated.
Spread the filling on top of the bottom crumb mixture in the pan. Next, sprinkle the remaining crumb mixture on top til filling is lightly covered all over.
Bake in a 350°F oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until the top is golden brown.
Cool fully on a wire rack. Once cooled completely turn the pan upside down to take the bars put. Ths should slide right out if you have greased the pan and let the bars cool completely.
After remove the bars from the pan then cut into bars.
Then there you have it wrap them individually and store into an airtight container for easy grab and go breakfast bar. Or my personal favorite drizzle dark chocolate on top for an awesome dessert.
This breakfast bar boasts a superior taste, one that will be enjoyed over and over again. Apple cranberry and oats make the perfect combination. If you’re looking to take your taste buds to the next level, you will love this recipe!
Apple Cranberry Oatmeal Bars
Fruit filled oatmeal crumble bars that are fast and easy to make.
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
- 2/3 cup brown sugar packed
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter cold
- 1 cup applesauce unsweetened
- 2/3 cup dried cranberrie
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teapsoon ground nutmeg
- 1/8 teaspoon ground clove
- 1 medium orange zested
In a medium bowl mix applesauce, dried cranberries, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and orange zest together. Mix til incorporated, put to the side.
In another medium bowl combine flour, oats, brown sugar, baking soda and salt. Using a pastry blender (or use a large fork), cut butter into small cubes and slowly add in until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Split mixture into 1/2 and reserve 1 half for the topping.
Press the remaining half of the mixture into the bottom of lightly greased baking pan. Press slightly firm so the bottom won’t crumb when pulled from the pan later. I typically use an 8x8x2-inch pan for thicker bars, or use a 11x7x1 1/2-inch baking pan for thinner bars.
Spread the filling on top of the crumb mixture. Sprinkle the remaining crumb mixture on top til filling is lightly covered all over.
Bake in a 350 ° F oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars.
Make sure the pan is completely cool before removing from the pan to cut into bars. I love these bars for breakfast as well as a night time snack.
I also drizzle dark chocolate on them to make them extra delicious!
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