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Looking for a delicious oatmeal bar recipe? These apple cranberry oatmeal bars are quick to make and insanely delicious. These apple cranberry oatmeal bars are made with a brown sugar oatmeal crumble crust that's filled with tart apples and cranberries. The filling is made with applesauce, dried cranberries, spices, and orange zest. The balance of sweet and tart, these oatmeal bars are so easy to fall in love with making them. #xokatierosario #applecranberrybars #oatmealbars #breakfastbars
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Apple Cranberry Oatmeal Bars

Light and delicate brown sugar oatmeal crumble bar filled with applesauce, dried cranberries, spices, and orange zest that are quick and easy to make.

Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Cooling Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 12 Bars



  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teapsoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground clove
  • 1 medium orange, zested

Oatmeal Crumble

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cold



  1. In a medium bowl, combine the unsweetened applesauce, dried cranberries, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and orange zest. Mix until incorporated and set aside.

Oatmeal Crumble

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F, prepare pan with non-stick cooking spray.

  2. In another medium bowl, combine ap flour, rolled oats, brown sugar, baking soda, and salt. Using a pastry blender (or use a dinner fork), cut the cold butter into small cubes and slowly add in until mixture resembles coarse crumbs — split mixture in half and reserve one half for the crumble topping.

  3. Press the remaining half of the mixture into the bottom of a lightly greased baking pan. Press together to set crumb on the bottom. Use 7x7x2-inch pan for thicker bars, or use a 9x13 for thinner bars.

  4. Spread the filling on top of the crumb mixture. Crumble the remaining crust mixture to treat larger crumbs and sprinkle it over the filling.

  5. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Cool for 30-45 minutes on a wire rack. Then cut into 12 bars. Serve at room temperature.

Recipe Notes

  • Make sure the pan is completely cool before removing from the pan to cut into bars to make it easier to cut.  
  • Store the oatmeal bars in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week. 
  • Optional: drizzle dark chocolate over the bars to make it a sweet dessert.