Monday, July 18, 2011

Oatmeal Apple Pie Bars (Secret Recipe Club)


I'm delighted to be participating in The Secret Recipe Club this week. What a fun initiative! Each member is secretly assigned a participating food blogger to make a recipe from. You choose any recipe from the blog you are assigned, make or bake it, and blog about it on the date specified. My assigned blog was Yumsilicious Bakes. What could be more delicious than a blog dedicated to baked goods? 


Which brings me right to something that I've been bottling up for some time. Here it is. There are certain members (who shall remain nameless) of a certain household (which shall remain nameless). Who, in spite of the fact that their spouse is obsessed with cooking and baking ordinary but delicious foods. And who, in spite of the fact that their spouse avoids artificial ingredients, most packaged foods and white flour on most occasions. Insists that there is nothing quite as delicious as a Drake's Apple or Cherry Fruit Pie. 


So this has been bothering me for quite some time. Each time those Evil Pies make their way into my healthy pantry, alongside the whole grain oats, agave nectar, and coconut oil, a little part of me aches. But I have been powerless to do much about it. There's no arguing about taste.


Until last week, when I found a homemade replacement: These Oatmeal Pie Bars from Yumsilicious Bakes. Yes, they have sugar and plenty of butter. But they come from my kitchen. And I'm pretty sure they don't have Sodium Alginate or Mononitrate, which in my book is a good thing. 

Oatmeal Apple Pie Bars from Yumsilicious Bakes

FILLING
3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and sliced
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
2 teaspoons cinnamon
pinch of salt

CRUST
1 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup old fashioned oatmeal
1 stick (8 oz.) unsalted butter, melted

Preheat the oven to 350*. Line a 9 inch square pan with parchment.
Meanwhile, make the filling. Melt the butter in a large saucepan. Add all of the remaining filling ingredients and cook, stirring often and apples begin to get tender, about 10 minutes. Add water if the filling seems too thick, a tbsp at a time. Set aside to cool, while you start on the crust.

Whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, brown sugar and oats. Add the melted butter and incorporate well. Separate about 1 1/2 cups of the crust mixture and press it into the bottom of the pan.
Spoon the filling over the crust, trying to ensure a more or less single layer. Sprinkle on the remaining crust mixture.
Bake for 30-35 minutes, until the topping is light golden brown. Cool in the pan completely, and then cut into squares. Leave at room temperature for up to a day or so, or refrigerate for later in the week. 


Linking this up to Melt in Your Mouth Monday, Ultimate Recipe Swap, and Pennywise Platter Thursday.



21 comments:

  1. I love apple pie. And I love oatmeal. So I'm basically predestined to love these bars! Delicious.

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  2. sweet homemade apple pie. Could life get any better? This looks amazing! They are like a breath of fresh air

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  3. This secret blogger idea sounds like fun! And reading your post I had to smile as with all the healthy baking and cooking I do, it shocks me when my kids want a purchased, processed snack!! I'll have to try this out tho; a perfect fall treat!

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  4. Those look so great. I'd love to try them!

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  5. haha! My husband totally loves store-bought things like those pies even though I'm forever making him treats!

    Your bars looks delicious! I'll take a couple! :)

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  6. Oh so much better then the boxed kind!

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  7. Glad you found a replacement for those artificial who-knows-whats-in-them pies! These look delicious!

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  8. I spied that very same box in my garbage can - courtesy of my Dad. And one for ring dings of all things. I don't quite understand it either with all the baking I do. These look amazing! So much better than anything out of a box!

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  9. These sound delicious - and natural. Yum!

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  10. No joke, those look like exactly the thing I was craving 6 or 7 months ago while perusing similar recipes, but not finding what I wanted. It's so hot now, I guess I'll have to save these for another 6 months or so... But the wait will be well worth it!

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  11. These bars are healthy delicious and nice to have to prevent afternoon hunger.

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  12. Looks like you picked a winner, Rivki. Having the little ones out of the house, we are not tempted by the boxed goodies. I am happy about that.

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  13. First time here...Loved youe blog and all the recipes.
    I love apple pie and make it like a crumble many times , a bar i am yet to try....your pictures look fabulous.

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  14. Great pick Rivki. I do that too, home baked is always better, even though it may not necessarily be healthy. The bars look gorgeous, great photography.

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  15. What is not to love about these and I'm with you. Even if loaded with butter and sugar for the occasional treat..it's often about what is not loaded in there. Great pick!

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  16. love apple pie i am totally bookmarking this :):)

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  17. Apple season will be here soon. I'm bookmarking this recipe for later in the fall. I do have some Costco fresh peaches that I think would be yummy in this recipe. I will make oatmeal peach bars this weekend! Have a great weekend. Glad I found you thru SRC

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  18. I know what you mean about those prepackaged baked goods... my husband loves the coffee cakes! This recipe would make a fabulous replacement for any of those "treats"!

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  19. These look way better than those nasty packaged ones! Blech!

    Glad to be part of SRC with you!

    Amy @ A Little Nosh

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  20. These apple pie bars sound wonderful! So fun to be in the Secret Recipe Club with you.

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