Lunchbox Apple Oat Bars (nut free)

Totally nut-free and loaded with fibre, healthy fats, plant protein and yummy dried apples, these bars freeze beautifully and are whipped up in a food processor in 2 minutes.

 Course Snack



 Cuisine American
 Keyword Apple
 Prep Time 10 minutes
 Servings 20 bars


  • 3 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 2 cups chopped dried apple, packed (5 oz)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup ground flax seeds (also labelled milled flax)
  • 1/2 cup oat flour
  • 1/2 cup brown rice syrup
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
  • 10 pitted Medjool dates
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Line a baking pan (9×9″ baking pan for thicker bars, or 9×13″ baking pan for thinner bars) with parchment paper hanging over two sides (spray the pan first with cooking spray to help the parchment stick).  This will make the bars easier to remove.

  2. Place all of the ingredients in a large capacity food processor (minimum 8 cup) and process until it is fine and sticks together (about 2 minutes), stopping the processor and scraping down the sides a couple of times.

  3. Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking pan and press the mixture down very firmly and evenly using the bottom of a glass cup.  Refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours or overnight, remove the bars from the pan using the overhanging parchment as handles, place on a large cutting board and cut into the desired number of bars with a sharp knife.  Store at room temperature in a covered container for up to one week or in the freezer for up to 2 months.