• Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 30 minutes
  • Serves: 12

Caramel Apple Bars Recipe

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 Ingredients List

  • 1/2 c applesauce (I used 1 small/medium apple with the peel on that I blended in the Vita)
  • 1/2 c peanut butter
  • 1/4 c butter, softened (or margarine)
  • 2 c oats (whole rolled, not quick cook. See this post at the bottom for a discussion on oats & gluten)
  • 1 c brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 c white sugar
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon (reduce/increase to taste, if desired)
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 c apples, diced & peeled
  • 3/4 to 1 c white chocolate chips
  • 1/4 c to 1/2 c caramel sauce
  • Optional: Add raisins, dates, dried fruit, nuts, as desired in 1/4 to 1/3 c quantity


Combine applesauce, PB, butter in a large mixing bowl and stir to combine them. Then add oats, sugars, cinnamon, and vanilla extract and stir. Then fold in diced apples and white chocolate chips. Spread batter (it will be pretty moist) into a foil-lined and spayed 8 x 8 or 9 x 9 pan. Bake at 350F for 30 minutes. The bars may still look underdone, but that’s ok because they will continue to set up as they cool. They will be bubbling rapidly upon removing them from the oven. Let the bubbling stop (about 5 minutes) and then carefully drizzle the caramel sauce over the top of the bars. Allow bars to to cool very well before slicing. I suggest popping them into the freezer for 15-30 minutes if you’re in a hurry. Store extras on the countertop, refrigerator, or in the freezer for long term storage.

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