Caramel Apple & White Chocolate Peanut Butter Oat Bars

Caramel Apple & White Chocolate Peanut Butter Oat Bars. A mouthful yes. A mouthful of tasty!! (See what I did there). You’ll enjoy these. Peanut butter and apples go so well together. So does caramel and apples. White chocolate is delicious, well…with a LOT of things! With the edition of oats, these bars are sure to be a hit!

Caramel Apple & White Chocolate Peanut Butter Oat Bars

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup vegan butter, softened (Earth Balance)
  • 2 cup gluten free rolled oats (not the quick cook ones)
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 tablespoon ginger
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup apples, diced & peeled
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips (or regular dark/semisweet chocolate chips, peanut butter chips if you don’t like white chocolate…but I REALLY suggest using white chocolate)
  • 1/2 cup caramel sauce
  1. Preheat your oven to 350ºF. Line a 8 x 8 or 9 x 9 pan with foil and then spray foil with non-stick vegetable baking spray. Set aside.
  2. Combine applesauce, peanut butter, vegan butter in a large mixing bowl and stir to combine them.
  3. Then add oats, sugars, cinnamon,ginger and nutmeg, and vanilla extract and stir.
  4. Then fold in diced apples and white chocolate chips.
  5. Spread batter (it will be pretty moist) into a foil-lined and spayed 8 x 8 or 9 x 9 pan.
  6. Bake at 350ºF for 30 minutes.  The bars may still look underdone, but that’s ok because they will continue to set up as they cool.
  7. They will be bubbling rapidly upon removing them from the oven.  Let the bubbling stop (about 5 minutes) and then carefully drizzle the caramel sauce over the top of the bars.  Allow bars to to cool very well before slicing. (if you are in a hurry to bite into the deliciousness, pop in the freezer for 15-30 minutes)
  8. Store extras in the freezer for long term storage.

These are one of the many perfect taste combinations. The bars are like the perfect brownie: chewy edges with soft middles, and dense (not cakey, airy, or light). Plus brown sugar makes everything more caramely and chewier and gives baked goods that sink-your-teeth-into-it texture,  which is always a bonus.

ENJOY!

Kwegyirba Croffie is a freelance Associate Producer at News 12 Connecticut and a Special Events/Event Planning and Social Media Intern at College Lifestyles (TM). She is a Quinnipiac University alumni and a sister of Alpha Delta Pi. She enjoy cupcakes,Broadway musicals, Forever 21 ,giraffes, peacock feathers, orchids, lillies and anything Disney.

 

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