Oatmeal Apple Butter Bars


With just 6 simple ingredients, you won’t believe how amazing these dairy-free apple butter bars taste! The recipe has a double dose of buttery goodness (thanks to this genius ingredient), but you an see my notes below for options.

Easy Oatmeal Apple Butter Bars Recipe - dairy-free, vegan, optionally gluten-free!

Special Diet Notes & Options: Apple Butter Bars

This little oatmeal snack is naturally dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, nut-free, peanut-free, and vegan / vegetarian. To make it soy-free, be sure to use a dairy-free, soy-free margarine. Earth Balance offers a couple.

Homemade Apple Butter Option: Why not make your own? I have a super easy and delicious Crockpot Cinnamon Apple Butter recipe that you will love.

Unrefined Option: You can use coconut sugar (it will be a bit less sweet), ground in a spice grinder, in place of the brown sugar. If the mixture seems a little dry, add a touch of maple syrup to bring both the flavor and consistency together.

Easy Oatmeal Apple Butter Bars Recipe - dairy-free, vegan, optionally gluten-free!

Gluten-Free Option: We have not tested this, but you can make your apple butter bars gluten-free by substituting your favorite all-purpose gluten-free flour blend, but for best results, I would use one that contains a little xanthan or guar gum. Results may vary.

Coconut Oil Option: If you aren’t a fan of margarine, you can substitute coconut oil, but I would reduce the amount by about 2 tablespoons to start. If the mixture is too dry, add in a little apple butter to get it to that crumbly, but press-able consistency.

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Serves: 16 servings
  • 1 cup all-purpose or white-wheat flour (love this flour!)
  • 1 cup old-fashioned / rolled oats
  • ¾ cup packed light brown sugar (see post above for lower glycemic alternative)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup dairy-free margarine, melted (see post above for alternative)
  • 1 cup apple butter or organic apple butter (if within budget)
  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F and grease an 8x8-inch baking pan. Line with heavy-duty foil or parchment paper, leaving an overhang on two sides to facilitate removal of bars from pan. Grease foil or parchment.
  2. In a medium-size or large bowl, mix the flour, oats, sugar and salt until all ingredients are well-distributed. Stir in the margarine with a fork until well mixed and clumps form.
  3. Press half of the oatmeal mixture into the bottom of your prepared pan to make a thin crust.
  4. Evenly spread the apple butter atop the crust, then sprinkle the remaining oatmeal mixture on top.
  5. Bake until crisp and golden brown, about 30 to 40 minutes.
  6. Let cool completely before using the parchment or foil to remove the bars from the pan in one big piece. Cut into squares.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


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  2. These were really fabulous! I was doing a last-minute frenzy of cooking for an out of town event and wanted to use up some baking supplies, including a bunch of Apple Butter. I used what I had on hand, which was oat flour instead of wheat flour, dark brown sugar instead of light, and Smart Balance light for the butter replacement. I doubled the recipe, but did not double the butter. I added a tiny bit of water to the mixture before pressing out, and made sure to wet my hands while pressing down the bottom layer. I didn’t have enough for the top to fully cover the whole thing, but I was using a 9×13 glass baking dish. Hopefully my friends and colleagues will love them!

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