Apple Almond Energy Bars

I’ve talked a lot about how important breakfast and brunch are in this house. When the lazy days of summer are over though, there is definitely not a lot of time for it during the week. So I decided to work on a recipe for the perfect fall grab and go breakfast. These apple almond energy bars were very simple to make and had so much gorgeous, warm spice!

I toasted lots of gluten free rolled oats and almonds first. It took about 5-10 minutes to really bring out their flavor and make them fragrant. This little step added a whole dimension of flavor to the apple almond energy bars.
After that, my food processor did all of the rest of the work for me. I pureed the toasted almonds and oats with raisins, diced up apples, brown sugar and spices. That turned it all into the most wonderful, sticky and uniform mixture. It smelled incredible already.
I transferred that glorious mixture into an 8 x 8 pan that I lined with parchment paper. There was enough parchment hanging over the edges that acted like handles when I removed the apple almond energy bars from the pan. Since the mixture didn’t change or puff up at all in the oven, I made sure that it was perfectly level before it went in.
Once the mixture cooled, I sliced them into 8 equal bars. I just cut 3 even lines vertically before I cut the whole mixture in half horizontally. Then I just stored them in the refrigerator in an airtight container. That was all there was to it!

I tried one of these babies for a snack and I was one happy woman. They were chewy, flavorful and so satisfying. I also loved that they were packed with good, healthy ingredients to fuel me for the day. The best part was that I made these quickly over the weekend and had breakfast for the whole week! They also do really make an awesome mid afternoon or midnight snack. Hope you all love them! xoxo

Apple Almond Energy Bars
Apple Almond Energy Bars
5 from 1 vote
Apple Almond Energy Bars
Apple Almond Energy Bars
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 
Course: Breakfast
Servings: 8 bars
Author: Jeanie and Lulu's Kitchen
Ingredients
  • 2 cups gluten free rolled oats
  • 1 cup plain almonds
  • 1 1/2 cups raisins
  • 2 whole apples cored and diced
  • 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 pinch salt
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350. Line a sheet tray and spread the oats and almonds out on it in a single layer. Toast them in the oven for 5-10 minutes, until they get really fragrant. Take the tray out but leave the oven on when they're done. Let them cool for a couple of minutes, then set up a food processor. Combine the oats and almonds in the processor bowl with the raisins, diced apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Pulse it all together thoroughly until it is a sticky, uniform mixture.
  2. Get out an 8 x 8 baking dish and line it with parchment paper. Make sure there is enough to have flaps hanging over the sides, which makes lifting the bars out of the pan a cinch. Use a spatula to spread the mixture into a perfect, even layer in the pan. Fold the flaps of parchment paper over the mixture and press it out on the parchment paper so that it isn't too sticky. Bake the mixture for 20 minutes, then take it out and let it cool for 10-15 minutes. Slice the mixture into bars by making 3 equal vertical slices, then making a horizontal cut halfway down. Let them cool completely, then store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Enjoy!
Apple Almond Energy Bars
Apple Almond Energy Bars

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14 thoughts on “Apple Almond Energy Bars”

  1. These look delicious!! I love how natural and simple the ingredients are! Definitely going to have to make a batch of these this weekend. My husband is terrible about eating breakfast so hopefully I can force him to take one of these before work during the week days!

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