Friends, I am CTT – capital-T Tired!
I’m coming to terms with the fact that Cameron is a horrible sleeper. Wah-wah! He’s lucky he’s so dang cute, and that I’m obsessed with him, otherwise these 2-4 wake-ups per night at nearly 12 months of age might really be a problem.
Up until this point I’ve handled Cam’s middle of the night wake-ups, as I can feed him then get him back down pretty quickly, but we’re axing night-time feedings which means Ben is now getting involved. Welcome to the non-slumbering slumber party, dear!
Anyway, what I’m trying to say is, we’re tired and a little stressed out (we both agree that going on vacation for 1 week means spending at least 3 weeks trying to catch up.) And when we’re tired and stressed, we go for the rotten carbs. Not proud of it, but you know what? Gluten-free monster cookies, brownies, and frosted pumpkin bars help me momentarily forget the fact that I’m going to go to bed at 10pm each night and wake up 2-4 more times before the sun rises. Ben’s carb of choice? Coffee Cake. Because the store was out of pies. YESTERDAY HE WAS GOING TO BUY AND EAT A WHOLE PIE.
That said, if you see either of us aimlessly wandering around with dark circles under our eyes, muttering a little because we can’t form coherent sentences – point us in the direction of the nearest muffin.
At any rate, over the past few days I’ve been cutting oatmeal monster cookies with these healthy Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Bars. Oh yes, I’m keeping the oatmeal bar train chugging along (I think I can!) with this yummy, apple-season-inspired version that’s like eating a bowl apple cinnamon oatmeal in bar form. Dense, chewy, and totally delicious.
Speaking of my littlest little man, Cameron adores these bars, and I love that I can cube them up, sprinkle them on his tray and let him do his thing at breakfast time. Lincoln’s obsessed too! We like to bake them together then pull out of the fridge for easy breakfasts or wholesome snacks. You know you’ve got something good on your hands when a 4 year old requests them.
Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Bars are packed with heart-healthy old fashioned oats, coconut oil, tons of cinnamon, fresh apples, and sweetened with pure maple syrup. No processed-sugar needed. Plus, those of you who are banana-averse/allergic, these bars call for unsweetened applesauce as a binder/sweetener instead of mashed bananas.
The apple-cinnamon combo will not only flood your kitchen with the sweetest fall scent, but tickle your tastebuds too. Put that apple bounty to good use and let’s get to baking!
Start by processing 1 cup gluten-free old fashioned oats in a food processor or blender until you have oat flour (alternatively you could use a scant cup store-bought oat flour,) then add to a large bowl with 1-1/2 cups whole gluten-free old fashioned oats, 1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Mix with a fork to combine.
By the way, I wholeheartedly recommend GF Harvest gluten-free oats. I have no relationship or affiliation with them – I just love and appreciate their celiac-safe oat growing and processing procedures. These are the only oats I can eat with zero reaction which is why I buy, cough, 12lbs at a time. I never want to run out!
In another bowl whisk together 1 cup milk (any kind – I use unsweetened almond milk,) 1 egg, 1/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons each pure maple syrup and unsweetened applesauce, 1/4 cup melted coconut oil, and 1 teaspoon vanilla then add to the dry ingredients and mix just until combined. Heads up – Costco is selling organic maple syrup for $10 right now!
Last step is to fold in 1 grated Granny Smith Apple. I use Granny Smith’s for all my baked apple recipes, because they hold up so well to baking, but truly any kind will work as they pretty much melt into the bars. That said, you can chop the apples if you want to go for a more “apple crisp” experience – super good either way.
Pour the mixture into a greased 8×8 pan then bake for 35-40 minutes at 350 degrees or until the edges are golden brown and the center is completely set.
Let the bars cool before slicing and devouring. Store leftovers in the fridge for quick and easy breakfasts or snacks, or individually wrap in saran wrap and toss inside the freezer. However you eat ’em – enjoy!!
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Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Bars
Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Bars are a healthy, gluten-free breakfast or snack recipe that taste decadent but are made without refined sugar.
- 2-1/2 cups certified gluten-free old fashioned oats*, divided
- 1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup milk, any kind (I used unsweetened almond milk)
- 1/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons no-sugar-added applesauce
- 1/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons pure maple syrup (not pancake syrup)
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled and grated
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees then spray an 8x8" baking pan with nonstick spray and set aside.
- Add 1 cup oats to a food processor or blender then process until oats have turned into flour (alternatively you could use a scant cup oat flour.) Add flour to a large bowl with remaining 1-1/2 cups old fashioned oats, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt then stir with a fork to combine and set aside.
- In another bowl, add milk, applesauce, maple syrup, coconut oil, egg, and vanilla then whisk to combine. Pour into dry ingredients then stir until just combined. Fold in grated apples then pour batter into prepared baking pan.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown and the center has set. Cool before slicing into bars then store in the refrigerator, or individually wrap bars in saran wrap and freeze.
- I recommend GF Harvest Oats >
- If you don't have a box grater, you can finely chop the apples.
This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats, http://iowagirleats.com.