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Apple Bars

Kid friendly

Recipe Notes

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


½ cup all-purpose flour
½ cup whole wheat flour
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ cup brown sugar
1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
1 pinch ground cloves (optional)
½ cup butter or margarine
3 cups apples, peeled, cored and sliced (about 2 medium apples [3” diameter])
⅔ cup raisins
¼ 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
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Prep time: 15
Cook time: 45
Makes: 12 Bars (3 inches x 4 inches)
Nutrition Facts: View Label


These were so good! Definitely my favorite!!!

These are great, but are crumbly. Brought them to a teacher's lunch and they gobbled them up!

I think this is a good recipe.

Yummy! We had 4 medium apples to use up which ended up meaning we raised the yield of the recipe 1/2 as that gave us 4.5 cups of sliced apples. Will make this again! Also used forks in place of a pastry cutter and added extra ground cloves.

If you don't have a 7" x 11" pan, a 9" x 9" pan works just fine.  The recipe was a little sweet for our tastes.  Sprinkling 2 tablespoons of sugar (instead of 1/4 cup) over the apples seemed right to us.  Also a teaspoon of lemon juice perks up the fruit flavor.

I doubled the spices and added allspice. Very delicious, though crumbly. Not really a bar that holds together. 

A real favorite with five classes of 3rd and 4th graders!  But, I agree that its a bit too sweet. With the brown sugar in the "crumble," it probably isn't necessary to sprinkle any sugar over the apples.  It would be interesting to know what that would do to the nutrition information, especially the carbs.  As written it isn't something I'd want to serve someone with diabetes, even as a small sample.

This recipe has been updated to include raisins in order to meet nutrition criteria. It is a wonderful addition and we hope you all enjoy it!

-The Food Hero Team

I would like to substitute dates as a sweetener and eliminate the refined sugar. Have you tried that? Maybe chopped and mixed with a little hot water would help hold the crumble together? I want to try it. Thanks for the recipe!

We made these in a class with adults and they were so good! We could easily have reduced the sugar if we wanted to though, they were very sweet.