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Makeover Oatmeal Bars

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
  • Makes
    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


  • In a large bowl, beat the sugar, applesauce, oil and syrup until well blended.
  • In a small bowl, combine the oats, flour, baking soda, salt and allspice; gradually beat into applesauce mixture until blended. Stir in raisins.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 127 calories, 4g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 123mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat.

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  • rllewis7
    Mar 25, 2017

    I loved the flavor of these bars -- like an oatmeal cookie, but perfect for a quick snack or breakfast on the go. I wanted a thicker bar though, so I used a square 8"x8" baking pan.

  • danielleylee
    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.

  • MooFarm
    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.

  • lindainreno
    Feb 2, 2014

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

  • MariaMR
    Feb 20, 2013

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  • heartly23
    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!

  • Gingergirl12
    Jan 26, 2013

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

  • jcanter
    Oct 13, 2012

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

  • s_pants
    Sep 11, 2012

    No comment left

  • keepinyouinstitches
    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.