Apple season is here! For a satisfying, healthy, delicious snack, try my Chewy Apple Granola Bars recipe!
Living in the Pacific Northwest, we’re so spoiled with hundreds of varieties and an abundance of apples that are locally grown each year. My family didn’t go apple picking this year, and I’m kicking myself because we have such a fun time when we’ve gone in the past! And, of course, I can’t resist baking up a storm with all of our juicy, delectable Northwest-grown apples.
The Perfect Snack for the Whole Family
My family is constantly on-the-go, so I make a lot of recipes that are easily transportable, and last long. We buy a lot of granola bars — you know: the huge pack of 5,000 at Costco (okay, maybe not 5K, but it feels like that many sometimes!). Just like everything else we buy, I know that we can make healthier versions of granola bars at home.
I wanted to make chewy granola bars instead of the crunchy kind and instead of our regular chocolate chip/peanut butter/honey bars, I wanted these bars to have the flavors and aroma of fall. Autumn Glory Apples were perfect for these treats! I love that you can make a batch of these and cut them into rectangular bars, or just even eat them by the spoonful from the baking dish. I decided to cut ours into squares, because for some reason that seems to fit more with a chewy bar.
These apple snacks are delicious, easy to wrap up and take along with you for road trips (maybe next week to Grandmother’s house you go for Thanksgiving??), to pack for after-school activities, to toss into your kid’s lunchbox as a healthier snack alternative, and to keep on hand for daytime snacking. They will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 5-7 days!
Autumn Glory Apples
The apples used in this recipe and shown in these photos are Autumn Glory Apples. SuperFresh Growers sent me two cases packed with apples to try, which made my family so happy! My son LOVES apples. It used to be his favorite food; now it’s pizza – go figure, teenagers! He still eats a ton of apples every week.
Autumn Glory Apples are grown in Washington. They are petite apples that pack a flavorful punch of sweet caramel and cinnamon flavors. This makes them perfect for baking in apple pies, apple hand pies, and also breakfast granola, fruit salads, and sauces for pork and chicken.
The cinnamon and caramel flavor really lent themselves to this Chewy Apple Granola Bars recipe!
Chewy Apple Granola Bars
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1/2 cup chopped almonds
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup finely diced apples
- 1/2 cup applesauce
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 1/4 cup agave nectar or honey
- 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter softened in the microwave
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Grease an 8 x 8 baking dish
- In a large bowl, mix together oats, almonds, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt. Add apples, applesauce, milk, agave nectar, and softened peanut butter until all ingredients are well mixed.
- Spread the granola mix evenly into the prepared pan.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
- Allow to cool slightly before cutting into shapes.
Many thanks to Autumn Glory Apples for sponsoring this post. They also provided the apples to create this Chewy Apple Granola Bar recipe! As always, all opinions and photos are my own.