These easy apple-cinnamon fruit bars make a big batch--perfect for fall potlucks and parties.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, September/October 2010


Read the full recipe after the video.

Recipe Summary

2 hrs 45 mins


Fruit Filling


Instructions Checklist
  • To prepare crust: Combine 3/4 cup nuts (or oats), whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, sugar and salt in a food processor; pulse until the nuts are finely ground. Add butter; pulse until well incorporated.

  • Whisk egg, oil, 1 teaspoon vanilla and almond extract in a small bowl. With the motor running, add the mixture

  • to the food processor. Process, then pulse, scraping down the sides, if necessary, until the mixture begins to clump, 30 to 45 seconds (it will look crumbly). Measure out 1/2 cup of the mixture and combine in a bowl with the remaining 1/4 cup chopped nuts (or oats). Set aside for the topping.

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Generously coat a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

  • To prepare fruit filling & assemble bars: Combine 4 cups apples, cider (or orange juice), sugar and cornstarch in a large saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture is very thick, 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in the remaining 2 cups apples, cinnamon and 1 teaspoon vanilla.

  • Transfer the dough to the prepared baking dish. Spread evenly and press firmly into the bottom to form a crust. Spread the fruit filling over the crust. Sprinkle the reserved topping over the filling.

  • Bake the bars for 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees and bake until the crust and topping are lightly brown, 25 to 30 minutes more. Let cool completely before cutting into bars, at least 1 1/2 hours.


Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate the crust and topping (Steps 1-2) for up to 1 day. Cover or individually wrap and refrigerate the cooled bars for up to 5 days.

Tip: Lower in protein than regular whole-wheat flour, whole-wheat pastry flour is milled from soft wheat and has less gluten-forming potential, making it a better choice for tender baked goods. You can find it in the natural-foods section of large supermarkets and natural-foods stores. Store in the freezer.

Easy cleanup: Dessert pans can be a headache to clean. Skip the soaking and scrubbing by lining your pan with parchment paper before you bake.

Nutrition Facts

193 calories; protein 2.5g; carbohydrates 27.1g; dietary fiber 1.7g; sugars 15.9g; fat 8.8g; saturated fat 2.2g; cholesterol 17.1mg; vitamin a iu 109.8IU; vitamin c 1.7mg; folate 22.9mcg; calcium 13.7mg; iron 0.5mg; magnesium 13.5mg; potassium 73.7mg; sodium 69.5mg; thiamin 0.1mg; added sugar 11g.

Reviews (4)

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7 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 1
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Rating: 3 stars
Needs tweaking These were a little disappointing in that we all wanted more fruit in the mix. Also the topping was quite dry. I won't make these again as we'd prefer others but would need to shift the proportions a bit if we were. Cons: dry; wanted more fruit Read More
Rating: 4 stars
A coworker brought this to work. It was wonderful!!!! Vickie Dixon Missouri Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I changed my recipe to apple/strawberry cutting to 5 cups apple and 1 cup strawberry. Reducing sugar by 1/4 cup. Omitted the cinnamon. I would love to try making just an oatmeal bar made out of the crust and more oatmeal. Great took to church potluck cut servings in half and I came home with an empty plate. Big success. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Worth the effort My family and I loved these...I followed the recipe using 1/2 walnuts and 1/2 oats. They would be perfect for a pot luck dessert. One piece of advice: let them cool completely before covering or they get soggy. Pros: Excellent taste and texture Cons: Time consuming Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Delicious! Like little apple pies! I made the crust with oatmeal and used orange juice instead of apple cider. They turned out great! They're extremely good right after they cool down and okay after they have been in the fridge for a day (maybe they would taste better if warmed up)? My spouse said they tasted like little apple pies!:) Read More
Rating: 4 stars
what can u substitute for eggs for vegetarians? Read More