Orange Apple Bars

These bars, with their thin layer of tasty apple butter, are a delightful snack or dessert. Make two batches at the same time, doubling the ingredients and using the oven just once, then freeze a batch for later.





Serves: 24

Serving Size: 1 (1 3/4 inch square)

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cooking Time: 35 minutes

  • Cooking spray
  • 1 cup regular or quick-cooking oatmeal
  • 1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour or all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 3 tablespoons canola or corn oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 1 1/2 cups fruit butter, such as apple or pumpkin
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange zest


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly spray an 8-inch square baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together the oatmeal, flour, sugar, cardamom, nutmeg, and baking soda.
  3. In a small bowl, using a fork, lightly beat the egg whites. Stir in the oil and orange juice.
  4. Add the egg white mixture to the oatmeal mixture, stirring until the combined mixture holds together. Press three-fourths of the mixture into the baking dish.
  5. In a medium bowl, whisk together the fruit butter and orange zest. Using a rubber scraper, spread the fruit butter mixture over the oatmeal mixture. Sprinkle with the remaining oatmeal mixture.
  6. Bake for 30–35 minutes, or until the top is golden brown. Transfer the dish to a cooling rack and let cool completely before cutting into squares.


1 Carbohydrate

Nutrition Facts

Calories 60
    Calories from Fat 20
Total Fat 2 g
    Saturated Fat 0 g
    Trans Fat 0 g
    Polyunsaturated Fat 0.5 g
    Monounsaturated Fat 1 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 20 mg
Potassium 40 mg
Total Carbohydrate 10 g
    Dietary Fiber 1 g
    Sugars 4 g
    Added Sugar 2 g
Protein 1 g
Phosphorus 30 mg