Ah, you guys! Fall baking season is in full effect. I don’t care if it’s still nearly 90°F outside. My oven has been on and I’ve been baking up a storm. We’ve been LOVING these Gluten-Free Apple Pecan Oat Bars. We have been eating them for dessert, breakfast, and snacks. And we’re not tired of them yet!
Through the end of the year, I’ll be sharing more new recipes I’ve created using Pamela’s Products fab gluten-free mixes and all-purpose flour blends. It’s really fun – I’m not going to lie. This recipe was really fun to develop. It included an apple picking trip, which is an absolute must every fall.
The base of these is one of my favorite Pamela’s Products baking mixes - Oatmeal Cookie. The mix makes fantastic cookies as-is, but I always like to push things a little further and see how I can think outside of the box (bag).
I took the mix and cut in butter and chopped pecans until the whole mix was crumbly. Some of that becomes the crumb topping. The remainder is combined with eggs and applesauce to create a crust that is somewhere between chewy cookie and cake – almost like a pecan-studded spiced brownie. The filling is nothing more than fresh apples sliced as thinly as possible. The long baking time results in apples that are tender and sweet, a crust with just the right amount of browned edges (my favorite part), and crunchy-crispy streusel top. Mmm…they are everything you want an apple bar cookie to be.