Apple Raisin Oatmeal Bars

Sometimes you just want to bake something quick and easy, without fancy ingredients and that everyone will enjoy.  So I guess that's where my Apple Raisin Oatmeal Bars came from.

With a toddler at home and trying to juggle work, school and maintaining a household, I haven't had much time to play in the kitchen.  But these bars were the perfect thing to satisfy my baking desire and my cravings for a little treat.  Plus they are school friendly and made with delicious, whole ingredients.

Soft and chewy apple pie inspired oatmeal bars are perfect for lunches, after school snacks
 or a quick breakfast bite!

Apple Raisin Oatmeal Bars 
2 1/2 cups Rolled Oats
1/4 cup Gluten-Free flour (your fave gf blend will do)
1/4 cup Brown Sugar
1 tsp Baking powder
1/2 tsp Salt
2 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 - 1 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice or All Spice
2 tsp Vanilla Extract
3/4 cup Apple Butter (or you could use apple sauce too)
1/2 cup Soy Milk (or your fave non-dairy milk)
 1 Flax Egg (or Chia Egg)
1/4 cup Maple Syrup
1/4 cup Hemp Hearts
1/2 cup Raisins

Preheat your oven to 350F degrees.  Line a 9 x 9 baking pan with parchment paper and set aside while you mix your ingredients.  In a small bowl make your flax/chia egg.  Don't know what I am talking about?  Click here for my post on egg alternatives.

In a large bowl, combine oatmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and spices (essentially all the dry ingredients) and mix thoroughly.  Then add in your vanilla, apple butter, milk, flax egg and maple syrup  and mix until combined.  Then add in your raisins and stir until just combined.

Pour your batter into your lined pan and pop in the oven for 20-30 minutes.  Mine took about 26 minutes to bake so just keep your eye on them and just make sure they are just baked enough so that the centre  is cooked.

Once cool, cut into bars and enjoy!  These bars kept well in an air tight container on the counter, but they also freeze quite nicely.

The whole family really enjoyed these bars.  They weren't too sweet, but perfect as a little treat in lunches or to enjoy with my morning coffee

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