Brownies and Bars/ Fall/ Feature Area

Apple Crumble Bars

Apple Crumble Bars – This delicious Fall inspired dessert combines apples, oats, and cinnamon for a tasty crumbly bite. It cooks up in less than 30 minutes.

Apple Crumble Bars - This delicious Fall inspired dessert combines apples, oats, and cinnamon for a tasty crumbly bite. It cooks up in less than 30 minutes. simplylakita.com #fall #applecrumble #healthy

Seriously though, nothing beats autumn flavors. Things like pumpkin, cinnamon, and apple are the best flavors to incorporate in your cooking/baking this time of the year.


If I am not careful, then I can definitely find myself going overboard indulging in treats this time of year. It takes some seriously strong willpower not to try pumpkin spice everything, including a Grande Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks every day.

In an effort to try to live a healthier lifestyle, I signed up a few weeks ago to work with a personal trainer to help me get my diet and body in better shape. With doing that, I am working out 5 days a week, lifting weights, and logging everything that I eat into MyFitnessPal. The working out has taken some getting used to and I have to admit that I find myself sore more days than I would like. I was a total cardio head…running was my jam…I avoided the gym like the plague because I loved the idea of lacing up my running shoes and getting out in nature. It was my time to zone out and just be at peace. Doing this I found that my legs got strong, endurance became longer, and my mental health more secure. The downside is that I wasn’t building the muscle that my body needed to make me look more toned.

But enough about that because this blog is all about food and in working with the trainer, I am learning that I can still indulge in the foods that I love and eat even more food if I make healthier swaps where I can. So instead of having that Grande Pumpkin Spice Latte, I have been enjoying a Venti Iced Coffee Blended with stevia and sugar-free creamer instead that is only a whopping 50 calories and I love it!

I am also finding creative ways to have sweet treats that utilize pumpkin, cinnamon, and apple in a healthier way. So today, I decided to use cinnamon and apple to make a healthier version of Apple Crumble Bars. These bars have less sugar, more fiber, and some good fat making one serving a whole 134 calories. They are also delicious and so easy to make. Be sure to try them!

Apple Crumble Bars - This delicious Fall inspired dessert combines apples, oats, and cinnamon for a tasty crumbly bite. It cooks up in less than 30 minutes. simplylakita.com #fall #applecrumble #healthy

Apple Crumble Bars - This delicious Fall inspired dessert combines apples, oats, and cinnamon for a tasty crumbly bite. It cooks up in less than 30 minutes. simplylakita.com #fall #applecrumble #healthy

Apple Crumble Bars

Print Recipe
Serves: 16 Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups apples, diced
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • 1 Tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon chia seeds

Instructions

1

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a square baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.

2

Using a food processor, pulse the oats, flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, egg, and coconut oil until it forms a crumbly sticky meal.

3

Set aside 1/3 of the mixture to use for the topping.

4

Add the dough into the prepared baking pan and press evenly into the bottom.

5

In a small saucepan over medium heat, add the diced apples, vanilla extract, lemon juice, nutmeg, water, and maple syrup until heated and the sauce is warm.

6

Stir the chia seeds into the apple mixture and cook for an additional 5 minutes. Pour the mixture onto the dough in the baking dish.

7

Sprinkle the topping that you set aside on top of the apple mixture evenly.

8

Place into the oven and bake for 30 minutes or until lightly browned.

9

Remove from the oven and allow the bars to cook in the baking dish for 10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.

10

Slice into bars and serve. Store the extra in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Got any comments, questions, or other ideas for these Apple Crumble Bars? Share them in the comments below!


You Might Also Like

14 Comments

  • Reply
    Tamara
    October 17, 2017 at 10:26 AM

    What little slices of heaven those are! I use the myfitnesspal app as well. I love seeing how many steps it estimates that I take. I found it to be pretty spot on. And I love all fall flavors like you!
    Tamara recently posted…Go Bold! Five Ways to Switch Up Your Month and Try Something NewMy Profile

    • Reply
      LaKita
      October 19, 2017 at 7:52 PM

      There are pretty good and I have definitely enjoyed my share of them 🙂
      I like seeing my daily steps as well, it’s pretty motivating!

  • Reply
    Akaleistar
    October 17, 2017 at 8:47 PM

    Oh, that looks delicious, and since it has apples, it’s healthy, right?
    Akaleistar recently posted…Last minute Halloween costume: Breakfast at Tiffany’sMy Profile

    • Reply
      LaKita
      October 19, 2017 at 7:53 PM

      Thank you and I believe that these are definitely because of apples, chia seeds, and not too much sugar 😉

  • Reply
    Sonya
    October 19, 2017 at 10:35 PM

    Yum!!! These bars look delicious!!! I like that they have very little sugar in the recipe.
    Sonya recently posted…Mother-Daughter Breakfast Date at McDonald’sMy Profile

    • Reply
      LaKita
      October 24, 2017 at 3:16 PM

      Thank you…I like that as well, but they are still sweet with the apple 🙂

  • Reply
    Demetra
    November 4, 2017 at 1:12 PM

    These apple crumble bars look absolutely delicious! My husband loves everything apple so he would go nuts for these.

    • Reply
      LaKita
      November 9, 2017 at 7:16 PM

      Thank you! I love the addition of apple to recipes so I can totally relate 🙂

  • Reply
    Kenya Rae
    November 7, 2017 at 12:01 PM

    My struggle everyday in life is eating what I want and staying slim and I am doing the first one but not so great on the second. LOL!
    Kenya Rae recently posted…Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. + Sheet Pan Shrimp BroilMy Profile

    • Reply
      LaKita
      November 9, 2017 at 7:24 PM

      The struggle is real! I can totally relate!!

  • Reply
    Felicita
    November 7, 2017 at 6:19 PM

    Easy recipes are my thing! Love that these are easy to whip up and have a healthy factor. I started doing Zumba at home after dropping off the kids. It is HARD to eat healthy consistently for me.
    Felicita recently posted…Holiday Gift Ideas for KidsMy Profile

    • Reply
      LaKita
      November 9, 2017 at 7:26 PM

      I went to a Zumba class at the gym once and I was so lost…I felt like everyone knew the step except me, but it was a lot of fun and didn’t feel like I was working out. I may do better with the at-home option…LOL!

  • Reply
    Mary
    November 14, 2017 at 11:41 AM

    I’ve been craving apple pie and this apple crumble bar is just as good. Pumpkin, cinnamon, and apple are totally Fall flavors. Congrats on getting a trainer, that’s super exciting.I always say summer bodies are made in the winter! The apple chunks in this bar look amazing.
    Mary recently posted…Challenge MondayMy Profile

    • Reply
      LaKita
      November 14, 2017 at 6:38 PM

      Thank you! I am definitely going to work on it during the winter this year 😉

    Leave a Reply

    CommentLuv badge