Apple Walnut and Oat Bars
Apples are just gorgeous right now
Well they are in season
But I have been so disappointed by apples over the past few years as they are usually soft and floury
However, the ones I’ve been getting lately from Alfalfa House have been so juicy and crunchy
One of the things I love to eat is muesli-type oat-based bars
Recently I saw a recipe for a healthy muesli bar with banana in it
I’m not a big fan of banana, so I thought I’d try apple instead…
And it worked 🙂
I also changed a few other things in the recipe (or rather left them out as I didn’t have them!)
And this is what I came up with…
And I’ve been happily eating them for breakfast for the past few days
Well, they are healthy….
High fibre, low in sugar (honey) as they are mostly sweetened by the fruit, contain healthy (omega-3 fats) and VERY filling
Plus they are quick to make
In fact I’m off to make another batch now!
- 2 apples, 350 grams, unpeeled, cored and roughly chopped
- ¼ cup macadamia or extra virgin olive oil
- ¼ cup honey or maple syrup
- 2 cups whole rolled oats
- ¼ cup currants, sultanas cranberries or other dried fruit
- 1 tablespoon linseeds, optional
- 1 heaped teaspoon cinnamon
- ⅔ cup walnuts, roughly chopped, optional
- Heat oven to 170C and line a small slice tray with grease-proof baking paper
- Place apples in bowl of a food processor and chop until well pureed, so they look like a raw apple sauce
- Meanwhile, add oil and honey to a saucepan and heat gently until the mix starts to form bubbles around the edges
- Add apples to saucepan and cook for 2 minutes
- Then mix in oats, linseeds (if using) and cinnamon
- Press mixture into prepared tray
- Sprinkle walnuts evenly over the top, if using them
- Bake for 25-30 minutes
- Cool slightly before eating
- 🙂 Yum!
But that one was eaten faster than I could take a photo!!
For a nut free version – just leave the nuts off the top, or replace with seeds like sunflower or pumpkin – or both!