Buttery Apple Streusel Oat Squares



Luckily my mother-in-law warned me of an impending storm today (we might get a tornado tonight!), so that was inspiration to get in the run I was procrastinating all morning. I had a great 4.5 mile run in about 38 mins and a balmy 18C temperature. We are having a heat wave this week and it was so nice to run in the warm weather, even if it was raining.

As for the tornado warning, I’m hoping it doesn’t get that ugly! Right now, it is quite windy and rainy and seems to be picking up…

In other news, I’m madly in love with these Healthy Strawberry Oat Squares.


Crazy, in that I had to put them in the freezer immediately so I didn’t eat them all and I should probably be committed or better yet, in a straitjacket.

Eric and I have been enjoying a square after dinner each night and we arm wrestled over the last square.


It wasn’t pretty, but in the end he split it with me. ;)

As soon as I made the strawberry jam squares, my mind was flooded with ways that I could adapt them…

  • Apple
  • Pear
  • Pumpkin butter
  • Figs
  • Sweet Potato or butternut squash
  • Chocolate banana
  • Blueberry jam


Up second: Apple Streusel.



Ashley made the oat squares into a lovely apple variety, so I decided to follow suit and used her topping as a guide. I decided to make an apple streusel topping as well, adapting the topping from one of my favourite muffin recipes of all time.


Buttery Apple Streusel Oat Squares

Adapted from Strawberry Oat Squares and pumpkin apple streusel muffins.


For Oat Base:

  • 1.5 cups regular oats
  • 1 cup whole-grain Kamut flour (or whole wheat pastry flour or white/whole wheat)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 cup Sucanat sugar (or brown sugar)
  • 1 chia egg (1 tbsp chia seeds+ 4 tbsp warm water, mixed well and set aside for 5 mins)
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp Earth Balance, melted
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp almond milk


For Buttery Apple Mixture:


  • 3 granny Smith Apples, peeled, thinly sliced, chopped (makes approx 3 cups, chopped)
  • 2 tbsp Earth balance or butter
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup or brown rice syrup
  • 1 tbsp Sucanat (or brown sugar)
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • Pinch sea salt


Apple Streusel Topping:


  • 2 tbsp Sucanat (or brown sugar)
  • 1 tbsp Earth Balance or butter
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon


Directions: Preheat oven to 350F. Line a square pan (I used a 9×9) with parchment paper and oil the sides of the pan and base. In a medium sized pot, add the apple mixture ingredients (chopped apples, Earth Balance, brown rice or maple syrup, spices). Heat over low, stirring frequently for about 10 minutes, until the apples soften and mixture thickens up.

In a small bowl, mix the chia or flax egg and set aside. In a large bowl, mix the oat base dry ingredients: oats, flour, Sucanat/brown sugar, baking soda, salt. In a small bowl, mix the melted earth balance, maple syrup, almond milk, vanilla, and chia egg. Stir well.

Add the wet mixture to the dry and mix well, using hands if necessary. Set aside 1/2 cup of the oat base mixture if desired. Pour the oat mixture onto the square pan and press down with fingers. Use a pastry roller to smooth out if desired. Pour on cooked apple mixture and smooth out. Make the apple streusel topping by mixing all ingredients together with a fork or fingers. Now sprinkle on the reserved 1/2 cup oat mixture and apple streusel topping and sprinkle over top.

Bake at 350F for approximately 30 minutes. Allow to fully cool for at least 30-40 minutes before gently removing from pan. You can firm them up in the fridge before slicing into squares or bars. The bars also freeze very well (I place them into a container in the freezer).


I ended up using three large Grannies when I decided that two wasn’t enough for the topping!


Peel the apples and slice, slice, slice and chop, chop, chop.


and eat the peel with some cinnamon sprinkled on with a bit of maple syrup. Keep that doc away! ;)


Make the apple mixture on the stove top.


Mix dry ingredients.


By mistake, I added the chia egg to the dry ingredients without thinking, but it technically should have been in the wet ingredients below. Rest assured if you do this too, it will still turn out! :)

Add wet to dry.


Mix it up!



Spread and roll.


Add on Apple Mixture.


Admire the beauty before you.


Make the cinnamon streusel topping.

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And cover the top.



Freshly grated cinnamon on top, if desired.


Bake for 30 minutes at 350F and then allow to cool for at least 30 minutes. You can also firm them up in the fridge before slicing as they will be crumbly.

You can make them into squares….triangles…

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and even bars!


The verdict?

Delicious. Seasonal. Rustic. Not too sweet.

I forgot to reserve 1/2 cup of the oat mixture to sprinkle on top and I missed it. Next time, I would definitely do that again as it added a fun texture on top. They would also be delicious served with some vanilla ice cream or banana soft serve!


I think I still prefer the strawberry jam variety, but it is a tough call. Other votes shall be placed tonight during Hockey Night in Canada.

If you don’t hear from me tomorrow, the tornado came for my baked goods. You will come looking for me, right?

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Jessica @ How Sweet It Is October 26, 2010

I was totally drooling over my keyboard when Ash posted these. Now I’m just drooling more.


grocery goddess jen October 26, 2010

I’ll come looking for you AND your baked goods! We had tornado warnings here today, too, but so far so good :)


lindsay (goodiesgalore) October 26, 2010

I’d swallow that whole pan. YUM!


Jennifer@ knackfornutrition October 26, 2010

I wish I could move into your kitchen. Everything you post lately makes my stomach growl. :) I love pretty much any combination of apples and oats, so I am sure that today’s dessert tastes divine.

I’m glad you got your run in early! I had to do the same because the weatherman is calling for serious storms the rest of the week. It was unseasonably warm today in upstate NY, so I was able to run in shorts! Glorious! :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 26, 2010

sounds like our weather too!
I guess with the strange heat wave comes the low pressure systems…


Lisa (bakebikeblog) October 26, 2010

i need to get one of those little rollers!


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 26, 2010

I will warn you though, for a couple weeks you will be rolling everything in sight.


kaila October 26, 2010

ahhhh these look to die for! recently i have been eating the “nutrigrain like” bars from barbaras bakery (they are whole grain with no sugar added) an have been lobing how great they taste….but a homemade version would be soooo much better! thanks for the new recipe inspiration!


Camille October 26, 2010

Oh my gosh. Dare I say that the new version looks even better than the original? Blasphemy.


stacey-healthylife October 26, 2010

Those looks awesome. I would love them with pears next time. :)


Valerie @ City|Life|Eats October 26, 2010

These look phenomenal :) Hope the bad weather is not too awful.


briana October 26, 2010


I am just in love with them all :) However, I do have one question…what do you do with all of them?


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 26, 2010

Thank you :)

Leftovers go to the freezer, gifts to friends and family, Hockey Night In Canada, Eric’s coworkers.


Charlie October 26, 2010

I’ll come looking for your baked goods :P. I’ll have to be looking for you too if I want more ;).


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 26, 2010

bahah I know where I stand.


Michelle (The Runner's Plate) October 26, 2010

Wow! Tornadoes this time of year! I always have to eat the apple peelings too because I feel bad throwing them away!


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 26, 2010

Same here!


Charlie October 26, 2010

I eat them because I think they’re tasty!


Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) October 26, 2010

A tornado! That sounds exciting! I live in England and we just get strong winds-tornados are far more exciting!
Mmm those apple squares look so good! I’m adding them to my (mile long) To-Bake list, which actually consists mainly of your recipes, including the jam ones! You definitely need to publish a recipe book-it would be such a hit! :)


Heather (Heather's Dish) October 26, 2010

YOM! these are so adaptable and so BEAUTIFUL!


Ashley October 26, 2010

They look lovely! Your photos are out of control lately..amazing :) Favorite photos are the vertical apple photo w/the blue background and the bars cooling on the wire rack. YUM.


Trish @IamSucceeding October 26, 2010

Those look amazing…and I love the little roller!! =)


Holly @ couchpotatoathlete October 26, 2010

It is super windy here too — the whole house shakes when the wind blows! No tornado warnings here though — and I hope they stay away from you too!

Once again I am blown away by this dessert — these look delicious! And I am so jealous of your pastry roller :)


Raylene October 26, 2010

I made them with Raspberry jam the other night…I’m glad I freeze EVERYTHING because they’re still getting eaten super fast with only me around.


Allie (Live Laugh Eat) October 26, 2010

Yay no more arm wrestling needed….for now :)

Ice cream would be fantaaaaastic with this, I bet. [American] Thanksgiving dessert perhaps?


Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) October 26, 2010

I was totally in a baking mood last week when it was chilly and grey but today it was warm and super humid. I’m not sure when it became July again…


Meaghen October 26, 2010

I don’t know about where you are, but here in Niagara we just got a bit of rain and some wind, nothing crazy by any means!

Those strawberry bars look so good! I never really like nutri-grain bars, but yours look amazing!


chelsey @ clean eating chelsey October 26, 2010

Those look so good! When I saw Ashley’s yesterday, I just about drooled on the computer screen. We had really bad storms in Chicago this morning – no tornado and I’m still here!!


Lauren October 26, 2010

How can you control yourself with such amazing things like these oat squares always in the house? Oh my, these look out of this world!!


Maddie October 26, 2010

Yum! I want to make these soon. They look fabulous :D
I hope the tornado doesn’t hit too hard.


Janae Jacobs October 26, 2010

Pretty sure I would eat the whole pan before they made it to the freezer. Plus, I wouldn’t tell my husband about them… I am not good at sharing such amazing food! Good luck with the tornado warning.


Dee October 26, 2010

I don’t blame you one bit for being in love with those Strawberry Oat squares. YUM-O!


Katie October 26, 2010

Being from the midwest, I take tornadoes seriously…I hope you are okay!!!


Jessie October 26, 2010

The strawberry oat squares are amazing! My hubby and I made them on Sunday and love them.


Erika @ Food.Fitness.Fun October 26, 2010

Mmmm – I like apple even better than strawberry. :-) Thanks!


lisasfoods October 26, 2010

I am constantly impressed by your baking skills, especially because I am more of a cook than a baker.

Do you make up all of your recipes from scratch, or do you often borrow ideas from others, or adapt recipes that you find?


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 26, 2010


A bit of both…whenever I an inspired by another recipe or adapt another recipe I always give it credit underneath the title.


Jolene (www.everydayfoodie@hotmail.com) October 26, 2010

Those squares turned out beautifully! You are really a MASTER in the kitchen.


Jean@RoastedRootsandPumpkinSpice October 26, 2010

If not the tornado, it would be me that came for your baked goods. They look amazing.


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 26, 2010

hehehe ;)


Vegyogini October 26, 2010

I’m coveting your adorable little pastry roller!


Megan @ Healthy Hoggin' October 26, 2010

Apple struesel topping may be the BEST thing ever. I think I’d like the apple version even better than the strawberry!!

I need to make these ASAP!! (but then I might go crazy for them, too– I don’t think these would last in my freezer for long!!) ;)


Hope October 26, 2010

I’d come save you…and your little baked goods too!


Wei-Wei October 26, 2010

Mmm, streusel! These look amazing. Love love love jam bars… would you just use your fingers to press it in if you didn’t have a roller?


Kelly @ Kelly Be Well October 26, 2010

Awesome recipe! I am so excited to make this — it looks delicious


salah@myhealthiestlifestyle October 26, 2010

OMG those oatmeal squares look divine!!


Liz @ Blog is the New Black October 26, 2010

Your photos are great- I want to make this now!


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat October 26, 2010

Even though it might not be the case, you look like the tidiest baker I have ever seen!! If I were to mix oats, cinnamon, apples and a bunch of other things in a bowl it wouldn’t look half as good as your photos!! This looks awesome! :D


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