Apple Pie Granola Bars {Guest Post}

Make your own apple pie granola bars with this easy to follow recipe. They’re a perfect snack or breakfast on the go.

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Hello Baked by Rachel readers! My name is Audra and I’m the mama-to-be-blogger behind The Baker Chick, where I bake up sweet (and sometimes savory) treats from my little NYC kitchen. I am so excited to be here as part of “Apple a Day” sharing some absolutely delicious Apple Pie Granola Bars with you.

This was actually my first time making granola bars, but an awesome base recipe and a fresh batch of dried apples really made them as easy as can be. They are loaded with apple chunks and a perfect combination of spices. I love this recipe because it’s totally versatile, allowing you to make it your own with different add-ins. My husband Andy hates nuts, but if he didn’t, I would totally have added some chopped toasted pecans to the mix as well.

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Another great thing about these granola bars is that they can be individually wrapped and stored in the fridge for days. It’s the perfect “on-the-go” snack or in my case breakfast item that I noshed on all week as I packed up my apartment getting ready for a big move. The edges are crispy, but the bars themselves are chewy and stay that way stored in the fridge.

I hope you love this fall-inspired snack as much as I did! :)

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Yield: 8 granola bars

Cook Time: 25-35 minutes

Apple Pie Granola Bars

Make your own apple pie granola bars with this easy to follow recipe. They're a perfect snack or breakfast on the go.

Ingredients:

1 2/3 cups quick rolled oats
1/2-3/4 cup brown sugar, depending on how sweet you want them.
1/3 cup oat flour (or 1/3 cup quick oats, processed till finely ground in a food processor or blender)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
2 cups dried apples, chopped
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut or toasted pecans (optional)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons melted butter or oil
1/2 cup honey or maple syrup
2 tablespoons corn syrup
1 tablespoon water

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F. Spray or butter an 8x8 baking pan, set aside.

In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients including the spices, dried fruit and coconut or pecans if using. Toss together until well-combined.

In a separate bowl, stir together the vanilla, melted butter, honey/maple syrup, corn syrup and water.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir until well mixed, making sure all the dry ingredients are equally moistened. Taste the mixture at this point and add additional sugar if you want them a little sweeter. (I liked mine on the medium-sweet side.)

Press mixture into the prepared pan, using a spatula to smooth the top.

Bake for 25-35 minutes, or until the edges are and top are golden brown. (The bars may look slightly under done, but they will firm up as they cool.

Use a spatula to press and flatten the bars a bit into the pan

Cool bars completely, (speed up in the fridge or freezer if desired,) use a spatula to remove them from the pan and cut into bars.

Granola bars will last in the fridge in an air-right container for up to 2 weeks.

*lots of liberty can be taken with sweetening these bars. Using 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1/2 cup honey or maple syrup will yield in a sweet (but not too sweet) bar. You can add an additional 1/4 cup of both sugar and honey/syrup if you want something sweeter.

*Base recipe adapted from: King Arthur Flour

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Consider these on my to-do list! I have loved granola bars for SO long but have never had one as perfect as this. Can’t wait to try them! Thanks for the tasty recipe Audra! -Rachel

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Make sure you check out these other recipes from Audra:
Triple cinnamon swirl bread, Classic fudgy brownies and Maple bacon cupcakes.

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12 Responses to “Apple Pie Granola Bars {Guest Post}”

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    SE in Oregon — September 27, 2013 at 10:14 am

    These sound great. Perfect to make with gluten-free oats for my gf daughter. She’ll take them as an “on the go” breakfast also. Thanks for the yummy recipe.

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    natalie@thesweetslife — September 27, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    oh yum! way better than anything that comes in a wrapper!

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    Amy @Very Culinary — September 27, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    I’m ALWAYS on the lookout for homemade granola bar recipes I can make for the kids. Love!

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    vanillasugarblog — September 27, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    I LOVE making my own granola!
    I just started (finally!) last year.
    I know, I was totally missing out on how good and easy it is.
    Not to mention how making my own is “chemical free”.
    And GMO-free too!
    These look good!

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — September 27, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    I love these! They look so scrumptious!

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    Nutmeg Nanny — September 28, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    Apple pie granola bars?! OH my goodness I am loving this :)

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    Audra|The Baker Chick — September 28, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    Thanks so much for having me Rachel! I love this whole series! :)

    • Rachel — September 29th, 2013 @ 7:33 am

      Thanks so much for joining the party!! Love these granola bars! :)

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    kim — September 29, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Can I use non -dried pieces of apple?

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    Audra | The Baker Chick — October 1, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    Kim- You could try- but they would be the same texture or consistency. They also would spoil much sooner than these. :)

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    Karl L — October 7, 2013 at 11:45 am

    I made these and they were way too oily. I ended up blotting them with paper towels. Don’t get me wrong the taste was great but I plan on making them without the 1/4 cup + 2 tbl of oil/butter. I’ll start with the 2 T and go from there.

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    Laura — September 22, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    The flavor of these is really delicious. Love the spices and apple flavor. I did add pecans. I also used only 1/4 c brown sugar plus 1/4 c honey & 1/4 c maple syrup. I baked the full 35 minutes and they were very brown on top but after cooling, still too soft in the center. They were also really thick. Next time I would bake in a bigger pan – maybe 9×13 – which would be a better size and I also think help them firm up. Still very good though.

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