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…
- Pumpkin butter
- 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.
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…
and even bars!
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?
I am a huge fan of any apple treat!
Those are beautiful!
The apple slice looks amazing. Do you think it is possible to make a vegan cheesecake slice?
yum. these look fantastic!
Sounds like there are storms all over the place today. I’m kind of jealous…I love storms. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you for no tornadoes though!
Have a great night Angela!
You’re amazing! I wish I could bake-and-snap as well as you can!
Looks like a must try!!
I love the hot pink & light blue theme running throughout this post :)
just lovely! love apples in all ways…but a crisp is my favorite.
These look amazing, as usual :) Love that roller. Good luck with the wild weather!
These look awesome…I love apple crisps and crumbles of all kinds…vegan, baked, raw, you name it, I am a fan! I have a raw/no-bake apple crumble recipe that I love. Anytime one mixes oats, apples, agave or sugar, vanilla together…it’s a success :)
“I had a great 4.5 mile run in about 38 mins and a balmy 18C temperature. ”
I am such an American I couldnt tell you what 18c is. But what I can tell you…is that you’re hella fast, lady! WOW!! You are bookin’ it! Nice speed!!!
Looks incredible. I love fall desserts and especially anything involving streusel.
You constantly amaze me with your creativity. Thanks for the cheer and joy you bring into so many of our lives!
Those all look delicious, I love adaptable recipes like that!
I made these with fresh raspberries and LOVE them! They are crazy good ;-) Thanks for the great recipe!!
Mmmm you are making me want to make these, like tonight!! I’m daydreaming about a blueberry variety…
When i first saw you post the strawberry ones i immediately was reminded of the apple bars that my mom would make as i was a kid but unfortunately they have cream cheese in them:(:( I made these bars with a cherry filling (for my roommates boyfriend’s party) and they were good but i think that apples would be even better!!
Oh my gosh they look *ridiculously* nice!! I adore oats, apples and cinnamon together- I usually have them all in porridge! – but this dessert looks like it needs to be made immediately…
I made the strawberry bars last night and they are to die for! I used Spelt flour for the base ant it turned out great. Your right, I need to freeze them or I will be eating the rest tonight :) Im going to make the apple burritos this weekend. Thanks for all the great recipes!
Made these today and they were really good! Also tried 2 of your cracker recipes – even the kiddo’s ate them up! Thanks for the great recipes!
Thanks for a fabulous recipe Angela! I made these last night and we added cranberries to the apple mixture…perfect touch of tartness! I’ve been following your blog for awhile now and love your recipes and stories ~ thanks for the great recipes and good luck with the Project Food Blog!
Is there a gluten free version or can I just swap out with oat flour?
Love your recipes Angela, you are helping us get healthy!!
Wondering the same thing!
Did you try it? How did it come out?
Let me know!
I realize this post was published over 3 years ago but I find the recipe soo tempting to make, that I just had to ask you something. Can I substitute coconut oil or anything else for Earth Balance / butter?
Just like you, when I get inspired by a recipe, I usually adapt it to what ingredients I have or can easily find, and also to my taste. I’m planning to do the same with this recipe by using cows milk (plant milks are SO darn expensive here!), brown sugar, a flax egg (or a real one, although I really wanna try the vegan version) and probably something, say honey, instead of maple syrup — or if you have a better suggestion, I’d love to hear it :)
Thank you for the wonderful recipe! I am a great fan of oatmeal in cookies and muffins and I’m sure I’ll just love this one!
I just wanted to say I made this .. cake (to me everything’s called a cake :)) with the tweaks I mentioned above: cows milk, a real egg, honey instead of maple syrup and coconut oil whenever the recipe called for butter/earth balance. It turned out AMAZING and my family loved it, and so did I!
I make alot of your recipes – and they aways turn out SO good. Recently I am on a gluten free diet (& have been trying alot of your gluten free recipes). Just wondering if these apple streusel oat squares have a way of becoming gluten free? Could I sub the kamut flour with another? If so what would be best?
I have a galore of gf flours in my cupoard.
Thanks so much!
Thanks for your kind words! I’m so sorry for the delay in getting back to your comment. I kept meaning to do so, but got busy. Anyway, you might be able to replace the kamut flour for oat flour, but I haven’t tried this out so it would be an experiment! Let me know how it goes if you try it. Otherwise I will try to put it on my list of recipes to make GF. :)
I just tried doing oat flour on thanksgiving morning and they turned out wonderful! Thank you so much! :) The whole family enjoyed them!!
I made these tonight as an edible gift for my vegan boss who also has a nut allergy. Amazing! They taste great and I can’t wait to share them with her soon!
Hi Angela..made these a few days ago..followed the recipe as written
Turned out great!!! It tastes like a crumbly apple pie..mmmmm..the kamut flour definitely adds dimension to the taste of this streusel
My mom loved these as well which means they truly are a success
5 Stars !
You are my hero!! I’m so glad I started following you before you become famous. It’s neat to have seen your journey.