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Makeover Oatmeal Bars Recipe

Makeover Oatmeal Bars Recipe

These delicious bars are even more moist and chewier than the original recipe, but with all the old-fashioned oatmeal flavor and only half the fat! Clyde Williams - Chambersburg, PA
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling YIELD:20 servings


  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 cup raisins


  • 1. In a large bowl, beat the sugar, applesauce, oil and syrup until well blended.
  • 2. In a small bowl, combine the oats, flour, baking soda, salt and allspice; gradually beat into applesauce mixture until blended. Stir in raisins.
  • 3. Spread batter into a 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Cool completely on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Yield: 20 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 127 calories, 4g fat (trace saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 123mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein Diabetic Exchanges:1 starch, 1 fat

Reviews for Makeover Oatmeal Bars

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Reviewed Jul. 16, 2015

"I made these yesterday. They are super quick and easy! I made a few modifications to lighten them up a bit more. I used raw sugar, whole wheat pastry flour, only 1/4 cup of canola oil & two tb of ground flaxseed. I also used instead of 2 cups of quick oats, I used 1 cup 100% old fashioned oats and 1 cup quick oats. I made them for work and everyone liked them."

Reviewed Apr. 8, 2014

"These bars are easy to make for a fast breakfast or a snack. Just the right amount of moisture. The kids loved these."

Reviewed Feb. 2, 2014

"Pretty good! Perfect for school lunches. ( I don't find these bars to be dry at all.)"

Reviewed Feb. 5, 2013

"I know it was healthy to begin with but i wanted to cut the oil out and change it up. i used turbinado sugar in place of the regular sugar,1 medium banana in place of the oil,amber agave syrup in place of maple syrup,whole wheat flour instead of white and 1/3 cup dried cranberries instead of turned out AWESOME and i will definately make it again!"

Reviewed Jan. 26, 2013

"It was very dry. I wondered if some of the ingredients were incorrect or missing"

Reviewed Oct. 13, 2012

"These turned out great. I took them to an event and others asked me for the recipe."

Reviewed Jul. 21, 2012

"But I'd have to know that they will be served right away... I didn't find them as tasty eaten the next day."

Reviewed Nov. 5, 2011

"These bars were too dry. Needed more applesauce or oil or put some of the butter back in."

Reviewed Oct. 1, 2011

"These sound wonderful! Does anyone know if they will work with a sugar substitute?"

Reviewed Mar. 10, 2011

"This recipe is SO quick & easy!

I have tried some variations, but my favorite is adding mini chocolate chips & shredded coconut, and omitting the's not as healthy "my way" but super tasty!
I have also used craisins instead of raisins!"

Reviewed Nov. 2, 2010

"loved these bars, some reviews say they are crumbly but mine were super chewy and moist. I would say make sure you dont overcook them. I did replace syrup with molasses and it worked great. Must for a healthy treat!"

Reviewed Oct. 13, 2010

"I made these today. To make them more moist I poured boiling water over the raisins to sit while I mixed the other ingredients. I drained them before adding. I also used 1/3 c sugar and 1/3 c maple syrup. I used 1 t cinnamon in place of the allspice. Still crumby but tasty. Low cal/low fat and I can freeze them."

Reviewed May. 3, 2010

"very very good. My kids love . Moist just perfect."

Reviewed Apr. 12, 2010

"I loved these bars, easy to make and very moist. They were done in the 15 min time slot and I waited until they were completly cooled before cutting into squares."

Reviewed Feb. 12, 2010

"We thought they were really good, second time I made them I used molasse instead of the allspice and added dates."

Reviewed Jan. 27, 2010

"This recipe is simple to make---the taste was OK--but I changed it a bit- because I wanted a cinnamon flavored cookie--So I substituted molasses for maple syrup, cinnamon for allspice, replaced 1 cup of quick cooking oatmeal with 1 cup of old fashioned oatmeal, and used a litttle less sugar. I also used a mixture of raisins, dried cranberres, dried strawberries and dried cherries. The results: a better flavore cookie with a little more texture. My family agrees with me"

Reviewed Dec. 26, 2009

"there are good for snack for school and the kids don't get tried of them"

Reviewed Dec. 22, 2009

"I found this recipe to be very dry and nobody would eat them, so I'm feeding them to the birds--I know they will eat them."

Reviewed Dec. 16, 2009

"I love the flavor of this; I think it's the small amount of allspice. These aren't really a dessert cookie in my book, more like a softer granola bar. But, we will really enjoy having them for a snack item, or occasionally for breakfast."

Reviewed Nov. 17, 2009

"These bars are VERY tasty; however, they're somewhat crumbly, almost too crumbly to be eaten as a bar cookie."

Reviewed Oct. 9, 2009

"They were great! I am allergic to nuts and have been looking for a substitute for granola bars - these are perfect."

Reviewed Oct. 3, 2009

"I didn't think they were sweet enough, but they were easy to make."

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