OATMEAL BARS WITH APPLESAUCE FILLING

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Oatmeal Bars with an applesauce filling are easy to make and delicious for snacking. These bars are always a hit with even the pickiest of eaters! Made with an oatmeal crust and an oatmeal crumb topping. 

I began wiping out my storeroom a weekend ago. I discovered a few containers of custom made fruit purée I canned two years ago.My kids don’t eat almost the measure of fruit purée they used to eat. I chose to make fruit purée oats bars to go through a portion of that extra applesauce.These simple oats bars were a tremendous hit in my home. They vanished before I even knew it! I believe I must beginning concealing my manifestations so they last somewhat more. Three youngsters can go through food like psycho!

You can utilize any kind of oats you have close by. I like to utilize antiquated oats in these bars instead of moment or one-minute oats. The older style assortment is thicker and adds extraordinary surface to the bars.You don’t have to have hand crafted fruit purée to make these cereal bars. Any kind of fruit purée will work. You simply need two cups for the formula

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Another adaptation of these bars are Raspberry Jam Bars and these Blueberry Bars. They are really heavenly as well! The raspberry jam bars use jam as the filling and are comparably simple and as scrumptious as these fruit purée bars. The blueberry bars utilize new or frozen blueberries in the filling!

Delicious layers of oats with an applesauce filling.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup butter (cut into small pieces)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 cup oats

Filling

  • 1½ – 2 cups applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon.

INSTRUCTIONS 

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees and spray a 9 x 13″ baking dish with a non-stick spray .
  • In a food processor bowl, add butter, brown sugar and flour. Pulse until mixture forms small, pea sized crumbs. 
  • Add cinnamon and oats. Pulse just until incorporated. 
  • Place half the oat mixture into prepared baking dish. Press mixture down with your hands. 
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Filling

  • In a small mixing bowl combine applesauce and cinnamon.
  • Pour filling on top of oat mixture. Spread evenly over oat mixture.
  • Sprinkle remaining oat mixture over applesauce. 
  • Bake in a preheated 325 degree oven for 40 – 45 minutes.
  • Allow bars to fully cool before slicing into 12 equal pieces.

NOTES

Tips for making

  • Use salted butter that is softened. The butter should be soft enough to spread easily on a slice of bread
  • Use old fashioned oats, which are a bit thicker than a quick oat. 
  • Some people prefer not quite as much applesauce filling. You can use 1 ½ cups instead of the 2 cups.
  • Allow bars to cool before slicing
  • Store any leftover bars in a covered container
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If you don’t have a food processor:

  • First, you can place the crust ingredients in a bowl and mix using a mixer with beaters. Make certain the butter is very soft, but not melted.
  • Second you could mix with your hands. Place ingredients in a bowl and use your hands or your fingers to mix. This may be a bit messy, but your hands are really a great kitchen tool. Simply use your fingers to mash butter into the flour and oat mixture.
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