Caramel Apple Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

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Prepare for something goooooooey…

….and incredibly delicious.

After eying Averie’s Caramel Apple Bars a few weeks ago, I knew I had to remake them somehow and some way. I took her flavor combination idea and tweaked the recipe a bit to bake up an amazingly gooey, soft, and surprisingly healthy oatmeal bar. These bars taste sinful, in the best possible way.

Cinnamon apples, gooey, sweet caramel, buttery, chewy oats, rich, creamy peanut butter. Out of this world! And as if you needed another reason to make these, they’re perfectly healthy and acceptable for breakfast or a quick healthy snack.  🙂

Caramel Apple Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars


  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup light butter, softened (I use Land o' Lakes Light Butter)
  • 2 and 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 cup chopped & peeled apples
  • sugar free caramel sauce for drizzling (about 3 tbsp)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 8x8 baking pan with nonstick spray and set aside.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, stir to combine the applesauce, peanut butter, and softened light butter (get all those chunks of butter mixed in well). Add oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla.  Fold in the chopped apples. Pour mixture into prepared baking pan and bake for 30 minutes.
  3. Drizzle the caramel sauce over the hot bars and let cool completely before cutting into squares. I actually stuck mine in the fridge for an hour before cutting into squares.

Sally's Tip: For best taste, store in an airtight container in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.

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  1. These are loaded with all the things I hold near and dear to my heart! I’ve been looking for healthy treats like this – I need to fit into my summer clothes soon. . . The pb banana oatmeal bars are calling my name too! Enjoy your Sunday my new sweet friend! xoxo

  2. I am planning to make these this evening, but so I don’t have to go to the store, I think I’m going to use biscoff instead of peanut butter and a caramel apple instead of an apple plus caramel sauce. Thanks for the recipe! (I’m going through all your older stuff since I just recently found your site :))

    1. Hi Caley! Eeek, I’ve been meanign to remake these because I hate the photos! So happy you found my site too. 🙂 Biscoff is a great idea!

  3. Oh my goodness, Sally.These are about the best things I’ve ever eaten!!! 🙂 I left out the caramel sauce, I didn’t have any and I don’t do dairy. Any replacement ideas?

    1. Hey Shannon! Did you say you already made these with the dairy? I haven’t had success replacing the butter with another substitute in this recipe before.

      1. Let me clarify – I made them & I used butter. My nursing daughter has a cows milk sensitivity. I’ve cut out milk, cheese, yogurt, etc from my diet. Butter doesnt seem to have a negative effect on her – Lucky me! 🙂 I’ve found I prefer almond milk and substitute it in recipes that call for cows milk. Wondering if a homemade caramel sauce would work with almond milk..? Also I’m looking to make your blueberry & apple muffins but they call for Greek yogurt — any substitution suggestions?

      2. Hey again Shannon! Glad you can still eat butter. 🙂 I actually prefer almond milk over cow’s milk. I hardly ever bake with cow’s milk. It’s usually almond milk and I note that s a substitution in my recipes wherever it is possible as a replacement for cow’s milk.

        For the Sky High Apple Pie Muffins:

        I would use 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp apple sauce for the yogurt. And then replace the applesauce called for in the recipe with 1/4 cup canola/vegetable oil (or even melted coconut oil). I fear using ALL applesauce would substantially change the texture.

        My Sparkling Jumbo Blueberry Muffins do not call for yogurt. You may use almond milk to replace the cow’s milk for those.

    1. I can never keep myself from tasting this “batter” either Renee. I love all of its flavors. It’s high time I update these super old photos!

  4. would it work to replace the peanut butter with peanut flour mixed with water or do you need the fat? also where is the ntrional info?

  5. I love the combination of creamy peanut butter with sweet apples and chewy oats! I made my version of baked Peanut Butter Apple Oats, a vegan version of it and it was delicious.

    Your recipe looks delicious, this is a real comfort food in these colder months 🙂 I will have to make them into handy bars like yours!

    Check it out if you are interested:



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