Apple-Oat Bars

Charmingly old-fashioned, these wholesome bars pair the comforting flavors of apples and oats. They're the perfect snack to pack in a lunch box or enjoy with a glass of milk.

 nonstick cooking spray
1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup packed light brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/3 cup apple cider or  apple juice
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
3 cups peeled, chopped tart apples, such as Granny Smith
1/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts, toasted, optional
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease 9x9-inch baking pan, or coat with nonstick cooking spray.

Mix flour, oats, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg in large bowl. Using fork or fingertips, work in cider and oil until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

Press about 1 1/2 cups oat mixture firmly into bottom of prepared pan. Sprinkle with chopped apples. Mix walnuts, if using, into remaining oat mixture. Sprinkle evenly over apples, and pat into even layer.

Bake 30 to 35 minutes, or until top is golden and apples are tender when pierced with a fork. Cool completely on wire rack before cutting into bars.

Ease of Preparation: Moderate

Preparation Time: 10 min

Cook Time: 30-35 min

Servings: 16

Recipe By: Editors of Vegetarian Times

From:  Vegetarian Times Fast and Easy
Used with permission of Wiley & Co Books

Nutrition Facts
As prepared, each serving contains 160 calories, 4.5g total fat, 0mg cholesterol, 105mg sodium, 30g total carbohydrate and 2g protein.