Back to Makeover Oatmeal Bars

Print Options


Card Sizes

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 (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 123mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat.

Reviews for Makeover Oatmeal Bars

Sort By :

Average Rating
rllewis7 User ID: 7124309 263870
Reviewed 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 User ID: 4484886 229659
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."

MooFarm User ID: 7754316 116109
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."

lindainreno User ID: 5676172 187463
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2014

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

heartly23 User ID: 7122824 107195
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!"

Gingergirl12 User ID: 7107136 101527
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2013

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

jcanter User ID: 1787073 211179
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2012

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

keepinyouinstitches User ID: 2668277 172730
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."

mv1359 User ID: 3208898 184028
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2011

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

iteach5 User ID: 6124838 118307
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2011

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

JavaMommy User ID: 5385689 187073
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!"

shm2969 User ID: 5557265 127189
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!"

JuneMarieRoscoeAdams User ID: 5111930 187461
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."

mom at home User ID: 3467547 184025
Reviewed May. 3, 2010

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

cynthiaelliott User ID: 1867504 186180
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."

pathayhurst User ID: 3932650 127187
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."

Karen Joes User ID: 1390179 107193
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"

barbaima User ID: 1488051 211178
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2009

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

go.roberts User ID: 3057276 187065
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."

HeatherHH User ID: 1550099 107192
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."

leyram User ID: 347108 184024
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2009

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

[email protected] User ID: 2109582 187062
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."

mjlouk User ID: 1712085 101525
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2009

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

Loading Image