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Food For Thought: Apple Bars

October 19th, 2012

Food for Thought, brought to you by the Oregon State Student Health Services Dietician Lynn Cordes, MS, RD, LD and the Dietetic Intern, Lynette Iseli.

This sweet treat will help you meet the MyPlate recommendation to make half your grains whole.  By using whole wheat flour and rolled oats, three quarters of the grains in this recipe are whole-grains.  Consider buying some local apples if you get the chance, which are in season this time of year.

Food Hero Recipe:


1⁄2 cup all-purpose flour
1⁄2 cup whole wheat flour
1⁄4 teaspoon salt
1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
1⁄2 cup brown sugar
1 cup rolled oats
1⁄2 teaspoon cinnamon
1⁄2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 pinch ground cloves (optional)
1⁄2 cup butter or margarine
3 cups apples, peeled, cored and sliced
1⁄4 cup sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 7″x11″ baking pan.
  2. Mix flour, salt, and soda together in a large bowl. Add brown sugar, oats, and spices.
  3. Cut in butter with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture is crumbly.
  4. Spread half of the crumb mixture in the baking pan.
  5. Top with apple slices and sprinkle with sugar.
  6. Spread remaining crumb mixture evenly over apples.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-50 minutes.
  8. Cool and cut into bars.
  9. Serve warm or cold.


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

 * For nutritional information, information about prep time, cooking time, and to adjust ingredients to particular serving sizes, please view this recipe on the Food Hero website here.

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One response to “Food For Thought: Apple Bars”

  1. Amy says:

    That’s a delicious and nutritious meal, even better than those commercially sold granola bars. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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