Apple-Cranberry Oat Bars
Serves: Makes 16 (2") square bars
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted*
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups whole oats (gluten free, if necessary)
  • 1 red apple, grated
  • 1 tablespoon flaxmeal*
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ cup unsweetened dried cranberries
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Spray a 9 inch square baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together applesauce, coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla. Stir in oats, apple, flax, cinnamon, salt and ginger. Mix in cranberries.
  4. Spread mixture evenly into pan; bake 30-35 minutes until golden brown on top and a toothpick comes out clean.
  5. Remove from oven and cool completely before cutting into squares.
Notes
* If you don't have coconut oil, you can use melted butter.
* If you don't have flax meal, use 1 egg instead and reduce applesauce amount to ¼ cup.
Recipe by Red Kitchenette at http://www.redkitchenette.com/2015/03/03/apple-cranberry-oat-bars/