Soft, chewy and full of warm apple pie spice! With only 5 ingredients, these easy-to-make, fibre-packed oatmeal squares are a nutritious breakfast or snack on-the-go to help keep energy levels up. Adding the nuts or seeds will boost hunger-quelling nutrients by adding healthy fats and protein.
Bonus: these are perfect treats for the kiddies (omit the optional nuts to keep these nut-free for school) or a quick, but healthy, breakfast for those rushed mornings.
Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Squares
1 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce*
- 1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup honey (or pure maple syrup)
1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (use ‘gluten-free’ oats to ensure gluten-free squares)
- Optional – 1/3 cup chopped pecans or walnuts, 1-2 tablespoons chia or flax seeds
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Combine all the ingredients, except for the oats (and optional nuts/seeds, if using), in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Add the oats, and any other optional ingredients and gently stir until well incorporated. Pour the mixture into a lightly-greased 8×8 baking dish (we love using virgin coconut oil to grease our bakeware). Bake for 20 min. Let cool for about 20 minutes before cutting into 16 squares that are 2′ x 2′ in size (or you can make 9 larger-sized ones). Refrigerating the squares will allow them to set faster. They can be refrigerated in a covered container for up to 3-4 days…enjoy!
* Although store-bought apple sauce is an easy option, making your own homemade apple sauce can be easy, and much more nutritious, especially if you leave the skins on the apples. If you have a high-powered blender, simply throw in unpeeled, cored apples (about 2 large apples makes 1 1/2 cups of apple sauce) with a splash or two of water, and blend away! OR, if you don’t have a high-powered blender, soften the apples by stove-top cooking in a shallow pan, with a little water, then throw them into a blender/food processor and process until smooth.