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Apple Raisin Oat Bars Recipe

These apple raisin oat bars are the perfect breakfast when you’re in a hurry. They’re packed with moist, chewy, nutritious goodness that the whole family will love.

Plate of apple raisin oat bars on a red dish towel

Quick and Easy Breakfast Bars

We like to have these bars for breakfast, but you can also enjoy them as dessert. That’s because they have just the right amount of sweetness to satisfy a sweet tooth.

They’re also quick and easy to make. After you cool and cut them, store them in the fridge.

Regardless of when you have these bars, you’ll love everything about them. It’s easy to whip up a batch at the beginning of a busy week and enjoy them for several days.

Apple raisin oat bar on a white plate

I call this a grab-and-go breakfast. Pull them out of the fridge on mornings when you’re in a hurry, and eat them on the go.

Or if you have time to sit down and enjoy breakfast, you can heat a couple of them up in the microwave. It’s delicious alongside one of these vegetable omelets.

This recipe is also flexible. If you like more sweetness, add more brown sugar. Or if you want another fruit or vegetable, just shred it and toss it into the batter.

You can add other delicious things too. Some of my favorite add-ins are shredded zucchini, chopped nuts, and chocolate chips.

Keep in mind that these bars are not crunchy. So don’t expect a granola bar texture.

They have more of a grainy cake-like texture, which gives you a satisfying chew.

Apple Raisin Oat Bars Ingredients

You’ll need a couple of bowls and a 7” x 9” baking pan to make these. I also use a mandolin to shred the apples.

Here are the dry ingredients:

  • Old-fashioned rolled oats
  • Brown sugar
  • Baking powder
  • Cinnamon
  • Salt

Make sure you use rolled oats, not steel-cut oats.

Rolled oats, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, and baking powder

Here are the wet ingredients:

  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Cooking oil,
  • Vanilla extract

You can use your favorite milk without noticing any difference.

You can also use whatever type of oil you have on hand, but I used canola oil. However, my favorite oil to use now is avocado oil. It doesn’t interfere with the flavor of the bars, and it’s good for you.

Almond milk, eggs, vanilla extract, and canola oil

You’ll also need raisins and an apple that you can either chop or shred.

However, if you prefer to leave out the raisins, you can make apple oatmeal bars without them. I’ve also used other dried fruit. Since you’ll be the one eating them, make them however you like.

I peeled the apple this time, but you can leave the peeling on if you like. A little bit of the peel made its way into the shreds.

Raisins and an apple

For exact measurements of each ingredient and full directions, go to the recipe card at the bottom of the page. You can even print out the card by using the “print” button.

How to Make Apple Raisin Oat Bars

First, preheat your oven to 350˚ F and grease or spray a baking pan with nonstick spray. If you decide to use foil, you’ll need to spray that instead.

Next, combine the rolled oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl.

Stir to make sure all of the lumps are out of the brown sugar and everything is mixed.

Oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt mixed in a bowl

Then combine all of the wet ingredients in a medium-size bowl. Or if you want to double the recipe, use a large bowl.

I like to whisk the eggs before adding the milk, oil, and vanilla extract.

Stir all of the ingredients well.

Eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla extract mixed in a bowl

Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients.

Again, you’ll need to stir until everything ix mixed.

Wet ingredients mixed with dry ingredients in a bowl

Set the mixture aside and chop or shred the apple.

This time, I used my mandolin to shred it.

Shredding an apple with a mandolin

Please be careful and wear a protective glove any time you use a mandolin.

Otherwise, you might wind up cutting your fingers because the blades are extremely sharp. I learned my lesson several years ago … the hard way.

Or you can use a food processor if you have one. Do whatever it takes to get that apple shredded without hurting yourself.

Container with shredded apple

Next, add the apple and raisins to the mixture. You’ll see a little bit of the apple peel in the container.

Stir until everything is coated.

Raisins and shredded apple added to the rest of the ingredients

Set the mixture aside so the oatmeal can absorb some of the moist ingredients and the rest of the flavors can meld.

After it rests for about 15 minutes, pour the mixture into the baking pan.

Mixture in a pan before baking

Put the pan into a preheated oven and bake for 35 minutes or until the edges have turned a golden brown.

You will love the way your house smells as it cooks.

Baked apple raisin oat bars in a pan before cutting

Place the bars on a cooling rack for at least 30 minutes.

Finally, you may cut the bars into either squares or rectangles.

Plate of apple raisin oat bars on a red towel

Pour yourself a cup of coffee and enjoy these squares or rectangles of chewy goodness!

Give them to your kids for breakfast. They’ll get a kick out of having a “cookie” bar for breakfast, and you can feel good about them getting a nutritious start to the day.

Apple raisin oat bar on a white plate

More Recipes

We enjoy a wide variety of breakfast foods, including this delicious rice cooker frittata. It’s easy to put all of the ingredients into the machine, turn it on, and come back later to a hot breakfast.

Another delicious treat that’s delicious on your way out the door in the morning is this coffee smoothie. It has all the nutrients you need to get you through the morning.

These M&M cookie bars from Back to My Southern Roots will satisfy anyone who loves dessert bars. They’re sweet, chewy, and absolutely scrumptious!

These delicious air fryer blueberry muffins have the perfect texture, with a crusty top and soft, moist middle. And they bake very quickly in an air fryer.

If you like the flavor of strawberries, you’ll love these delicious oatmeal strawberry jam bars! This is another delicious breakfast treat that tastes like a cookie.

Make this yummy cinnamon raisin granola and have it for breakfast. Or top your favorite flavor of ice cream or fruit dessert for extra crunch!

Yield: 12 bars

Apple Raisin Oat Bars

Apple raisin oat bars on a plate in front of a pan

Apple raisin oat bars are a delicious breakfast, and they're sweet enough for dessert!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 1 medium apple chopped or shredded (peeled or unpeeled)
  • 2 cups of uncooked rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup of raisins
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1/3 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of cooking oil (canola or vegetable oil)
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt


    1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 7” x 9” baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
    2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Stir well.
    3. In a medium-size mixing bowl, combine the eggs, milk, cooking oil, and vanilla extract. Whisk until well mixed.
    4. Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients. Stir until well mixed.
    5. Add the chopped or shredded apple and raisins to the mixture and stir.
    6. Set the mixture aside for about 15 minutes to allow the flavors to meld and the oatmeal to absorb some of the moist ingredients.
    7. Pour the mixture into the baking pan and bake for 35 minutes or until the edges are golden brown.
    8. Allow the bars to cool for 30 minutes before cutting.


  • If you want sweeter bars, add more brown sugar.
  • It’s up to you whether or not to peel the apples. I peeled them this time, but sometimes I like to leave the peeling on.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 256Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 64mgSodium 298mgCarbohydrates 44gFiber 4gSugar 21gProtein 7g

The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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