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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Apple Pie Cereal Bars

Last week, I adapted this cereal bar recipe from Once a Month Mom.  Overall, they were really good, but I  did not make enough crust to do a sufficient top layer, so they were kind of like apple cobbler bars.  Here is what I did, and how I'd change it next time: 

Ingredients: 

Apple Filling
(I did not change this part at all, and it was freaking delicious.  The only thing I might do differently next time is puree the apples after they are cooked)

3 large apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
1 Tbsp. butter
2 Tbsp. packed brown sugar
1 tsp. ground ginger
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. salt (just put your thumb in the middle of your 1/4 tsp. spoon and fill it halfway)
4-6 Tbsp. water, added one tablespoon at a time

Oatmeal Crust:
(I followed the recipe, but increased it by 50%, thinking that I could fill a larger pan this way.  I also reduced the fat by using some applesauce in place of all of the butter.  I should have doubled it, and maybe done a bit more than 1/3 butter.  This is all now fixed and doubled, with a few of my other tricks thrown in as well, and should work with a 9x13 pan for next time.)

1 1/2 c. all purpose flour
1/2 c. whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
2/3 c. packed brown sugar
2 c. oats, not instant
1/2 c. unsweetened applesauce
1 stick butter, melted
1/2 tsp. nutmeg, freshly grated


First to make the filling: Melt the butter in a large frying pan.  Add all of the other ingredients and cook, adding water as necessary.  You want it to be fragrant and sort of caramelized, with the sugar and the butter.  Cook for about 10 minutes, until the apples soften and look delicious.  (I might blend them up with a hand blender after they are done cooking.)  

Preheat the oven to 350*

Now for the crust: 
Mix together the dry ingredients, then blend them all together with the melted butter and the applesauce.  It will be kind of crumbly.  Press half of it into your parchment/foil-lined pan.


Then cover with the apple mixture, and the rest of the topping.  (Hopefully yours will offer more coverage than this.)


Bake for 30-35 minutes, until the top is golden brown.  Let cool, then slice and serve!  You can also slice them and package them individually to freeze and eat later for snacks.

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