Perfect Apple Bars Recipe

Perfect Apple Bars Recipe

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Perfect Apple Bars Recipe

Not only are these apple bars delicious, they are good for you too. When you need to make apple pie for a big group, these bars are absolutely perfect. With a no-fuss crust that you press (not roll), they’re much easier.

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 45 minutes
Makes: 12 bars (3 inches x 4 inches)

  • Kid Approved
  • Oven
  • Grains without eggs (bread, breakfast, snacks, desserts)
  • Dairy Free
  • Vegetarian
  • Whole Grains
  • Breakfast
  • Snacks
  • Desserts
  • Grains
  • Oats (old fashioned rolled)
  • Flour (all purpose)
  • Flour (whole wheat)
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Apples

Recipe Notes

  • Substitute ripe pears for apples
  • Serve warm topped with vanilla yogurt


1⁄2 cup all-purpose flour

1⁄2 cup whole wheat flour

1⁄4 teaspoon salt

1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda

1⁄2 cup brown sugar

1 cup old fashioned rolled oats

1⁄2 teaspoon cinnamon

1⁄2 teaspoon nutmeg

1 pinch ground cloves (optional)

1⁄2 cup butter or margarine

3 cups apples, peeled, cored and sliced (about 2 medium apples [3” diameter])

2⁄3 cup raisins

1⁄4 cup sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9″x13″ baking pan.
  2. Mix flour, salt and baking soda together in a large bowl. Add brown sugar, oats, cinnamon, nutmeg and ground cloves.
  3. Cut in butter or margarine with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture is crumbly.
  4. Spread half of the crumb mixture in the baking pan. Top with apple slices and raisins and sprinkle with sugar. Spread remaining crumb mixture evenly over apples.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-50 minutes. Cool and cut into 12 bars.


  • Substitute ripe pears for apples
  • Serve warm topped with vanilla yogurt