Apple-Oat Bars

  • Serves: 15; 1 bar per serving


With their combination of crunchiness and smoothness, these bars are winners in a lunch box, on a picnic, or at a cookie exchange.


  • Vegetable oil spray
  • 1 cup uncooked quick-cooking oatmeal
  • 1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour or all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • White of 1 large egg
  • 3 tablespoons canola or corn oil
  • 9-ounce jar or 1 cup apple butter or other fruit butter
  • 3 tablespoons sliced almonds (optional)

Cooking Instructions

Preheat the oven to 325°F. Lightly spray a 12x8x2-inch or 11?7?1 1/2-inch baking pan with vegetable oil spray.

In a medium bowl, stir together the oatmeal, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda.

In a small bowl, lightly beat the egg white with a fork. Add the oil, stirring well. Pour over the oatmeal mixture. Using a fork, stir together thoroughly. Press half the mixture into the prepared pan.

Using a spatula, spread the apple butter over the oatmeal mixture. Sprinkle with the remaining oat mixture.

Bake until golden brown, about 25 minutes if using a 12x8x2-inch pan, about 35 minutes if using an 11x7x1 1/2-inch pan. Let cool in the pan on a cooling rack. Cut into 15 bars.

With Almonds
Nutrition Analysis (per serving)

Calories 149 
Total Fat 4.0 g
Saturated Fat 0.5 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.0 g
Monounsaturated Fat 2.0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 70 mg
Carbohydrates 27 g
Fiber 2 g
Sugars 16 g
Protein 2 g
Dietary Exchanges: 2 other carbohydrate, 1 fat 

Cook's Tip

A 9-ounce bottle of fruit butter isn’t quite 1 cup, but it works fine here. If the fruit butter is very think, whip it up with a fork for easier spreading.

Nutritional Analysis
Per serving
Calories Per Serving
Total Fat
3.5 g
Saturated Fat
0.5 g
Trans Fat
0.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat
1.0 g
Monounsaturated Fat
2.0 g
0 mg
70 mg
27 g
2 g
16 g
2 g

Dietary Exchanges

2 other carbohydrate, 1/2 fat

This recipe is reprinted with permission from the American Heart Association Low-Calorie Cookbook, Copyright © 2004 by the American Heart Association. Published by Clarkson Potter/Publishers, a division of Random House, Inc. Available from booksellers everywhere.