These oatmeal bars were born because I wanted my kids to have something healthy and quick to eat for breakfast or a snack. They are not very sweet, but they are perfect topped with a little extra honey! If you are wanting a sweeter bar you could always add in more honey, or even 1/4 c of brown sugar! These babies are loaded with oatmeal!
I started making these for the boys right around their first birthday (when they could finally have honey) and have done many variations of this recipe! I have to say that our favorite (other than just the regular bar) is the pumpkin oatmeal bar, it’s perfect in the fall! The raisins can be substituted with chocolate chips, craisins, or we’ve even used fresh chopped strawberries!
We are by no means gluten-free, but these breakfast bars are! One of the twins and myself have eczema and I’ve found that the more wheat we eat the worse our eczema gets (is this TMI? It’s just skin stuff so not too gross…right!) I love being able to give the boys something that isn’t processed but still tastes just as yummy. Perfection is one of these bars warmed up with a drizzle of honey on top! I did want to add that I use homemade applesauce but feel free to use store-bought applesauce. I mainly use applesauce for baking and I found that I always ended up throwing away leftover store bought applesauce (I should freeze it but I always forget) because it would go bad in the back of my fridge. Making my own is super easy and I can control how much I make!
I mean, I needed to take a bite out of it…for quality control reasons. Make these bars this weekend and freeze them so you have something to grab and go for work on Monday! I made a ton of these when I had Gready (for new followers his name is pronounced just like Grady!) and froze them so I could quickly pop one in the microwave for the boys to eat while watching a Daniel Tiger in the morning and I could take an early morning nap on the couch next to them #momlife! I know I have some mama’s reading that are nursing or pregnant and these are a super nursing friendly snack + the best part is the oats can help increase your supply–sorry again to any guys reading, these bars are manly too!
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1 c oat flour* (from old fashioned oats)
2 c oatmeal, old fashioned (not the quick cooking kind)
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1.5 c milk (I used whole, but you can use whatever kind you have!)
1 egg, beaten
2 tsp vanilla
1 c applesauce* (I use homemade, but unsweetened store bought works just as well)
4 tbsp honey
1 c raisins
Place 1 cup of oatmeal in a food processor. Grind until the oatmeal is chopped finely (about 30-45 seconds in a food processor.)
Peel and core 2 apples. Cut into quarters. Place in a pot filled with water and cook over medium heat for 20 minutes (or until apples are soft and you can pierce with a fork). Drain water and place apples in a bowl. Smash with fork or potato masher. Let cool.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 7x11 baking dish with pam.
In a medium bowl combine oat flour, oatmeal, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt. Stir to combine.
In a large bowl combine milk, egg, vanilla, applesauce, and honey. Stir to combine. Incorporate the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Add in the raisins and stir until mixed in. The batter will be very wet. Place in greased baking dish and bake in the oven for 30 minutes.
Store in an air tight container for a week, or freeze the bars!