Gluten-Free Apple Pecan Oat Bars
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Serves: 12
 
Tasty gluten-free bar cookies with a soft, chewy crust and buttery crunchy topping, and tender apple filling.
Ingredients
  • 8 tablespoons butter or butter alternative, at room temperature
  • One package Pamela's Products Oatmeal Cookie Mix
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon gluten-free vanilla extract
  • 1 pound apples
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Juice of 1 lemon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease a 9- by 13-inch baking dish.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the Pamela's Oatmeal Cookie Mix with the chopped pecans and cinnamon. Mix in the butter using a fork or electric mixer until crumbly. Reserve ¾ cup of the mixture. Add the applesauce, egg, and vanilla extract to the remaining mixture. Stir well to combine. Spread evenly in the prepared pan. Set aside.
  3. Peel and core the apples. Cut into very thin slices. Toss them with the lemon juice. Arrange the apples in an even layer over the crust, allowing for them to overlap, if desired, to create a pretty pattern. Sprinkle the reserved ¾ cup of the oatmeal pecan mixture over the top of the apples.
  4. Bake for 45-60 minutes, or until the apples are soft and cooked through and the crust and topping are nicely browned. Let cool for 10-15 minutes before serving. Can be served warm, at room temperature, or chilled.
Notes
Use any apple variety you like. These work particularly well with Granny Smith, golden delicious, Macintosh, or another tart baking apple.
Recipe by Cafe Johnsonia at https://cafejohnsonia.com/2015/09/gluten-free-apple-pecan-oat-bars.html