Apple Cinnamon Spice Granola Bars

Dan bikes to work nearly every day. At least he does when we don’t get a ton of snow overnight. When he gets to work, he’s understandably hungry, and needs a second breakfast. Rather than store-bought bars, I sent him to work with half of these this week.

I kept the rest for myself to snack on in the afternoons. And I’m not sharing my half. They’re just too good!

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These bars are soft and tender and full of fruity flavor. I can’t wait to try them with peach butter. Or pumpkin butter….

Apple Cinnamon Spice Granola Bars

Makes 12 bars

1/2 c millet
1 1/2 c whole wheat flour
1 1/4 c oats
1/2 c turbinado sugar
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp chia seeds
2/3 c maple syrup
2/3 c olive oil
1/2 c almond butter*
1 c (1/2 pint) apple butter**

Preheat oven to 350*F and grease a 9″ x 13″ baking pan.

In a large mixing bowl, stir the millet, flour, oats, sugar, salt, baking soda and chia seeds together. In a small bowl, whisk together the syrup, oil and almond butter until mostly smooth. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix until all the dry ingredients are coated.

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Press 1/2 of the oats mixture into the prepared baking pan. Spread the apple butter evenly over the top. Top with the rest of the oats mixture, and press down with the back of a wooden spoon so that the top layer sticks together.

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Bake at 350*F for 45 minutes. Allow to cool completely before cutting into bars.

*Note: If you don’t have almond butter, another nut butter will do just as well.

**Note: If you can’t find apple butter, you can either make your own (cut the recipe in 1/2 or even 1/3) or use another type of fruit preserves. However, I don’t recommend jelly or jam, since they contain too much water!

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Comments

  1. says

    This sounds excellent. I love the combination of apples, almond butter, and cinnamon in every other way, so bar form sounds terrific. I’ve never tried cooking with olive oil; can you really not taste it after it’s baked?

    • Julie @savvyeats says

      Not at all! At least, not in these bars. The nut butter and apple butter overpower the olive oil taste!

  2. says

    I definitely need to save this recipe, as I have some almond butter in the fridge and some old apples that are just begging to be used. However, I don’t have any millet on hand. Do you have any recommendations on what I can substitute in for it in the recipe?

  3. Michelle says

    I just finished making these bars and they are wonderful!! I was a little unsure about the olive oil but Julie is totally right the apple and nut butter overpowering that olive oil taste.
    My mixture looked a little wetter than what you have pictured but they came out just fine. Cut up perfectly once cooled. Makes a lot so I’m trying to freeze some.
    Did run short on the Apple butter so replaced 1/2C with applesauce! Worked great! And used natural creamy peanut butter since out of almond butter…maybe that explains my wetter mixture!
    One question though…the bars are called Apple CINNAMON spice yet there is not cinnamon listed in the recipe! They taste incredible so not sure they need it but how much would you add?
    Definately worth making everyone! Will be making these again for sure!

    • Julie @savvyeats says

      So glad you liked them!

      Whoops, my apple butter had tons of spices in it (including cinnamon), so I didn’t even realize that about the cinnamon for anyone who is using a plain apple butter! I’d say add 1/2 – 1 tsp cinnamon? And maybe throw some nutmeg and allspice in there as well :)

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