Oh my God, these are delicious! With the modifications I made based on others' reviews, they were not overly sweet with a soft, moist bottom and a crispy top layer. Unlike others, however, I found that the amount of oatmeal batter was quite scant for my 9x9 pan... not sure why. I had enough batter to press a thin layer onto the bottom of the pan (which took more than half of it), and I had to kind of crumble the remaining onto the top to try to cover everything as evenly as possible before gently pressing it to spread it out a bit. Next time I will either multiply the batter recipe by 1.5 or use a smaller pan. My changes: 1/2 cup whole wheat flour, half dairy- and soy-free margarine and half applesauce (to make 3/4 cup), 1 tsp cinnamon, a scant cup of brown sugar and about 3 cups of sliced golden delicious apples. I will absolutely make these again soon!
The taste is so good. I used butter instead of margarine. The butter was room temperature. I had problems with the oatmeal mixture. Probably because of the butter. I couldn't cut cute squares for a photo. It's too crumbly. I don't know if the butter should have been melted when added to the oatmeal and flour mixture. Maybe it would have help. But the taste is so good. In the apples, I used splenda. Thanks LainieBug :) Made for your win in Bargain Basement tag game
sooo yummy! I used 100% whole wheat flour and substituted smart balance for the butter. I would definitely use more apples next time (I used 3 cups - 4 medium apples)
I made these tonight and I loved them! I cut them into bars and wrapped them individually to place in the freezer. They will make a great, quick snack!
These were enjoyed tremendously at work, and I got lots of great comments from all who indulged in the break room! I am going to make them again for Thanksgiving, as I know everyone will love them!
I baked this in an 8x8 pan for 1 hour and topped it with 1/2 cup pecams. I placed tin foil lightly over the top to keep the pecans from burning. Mine was a little crumbly so I'm looking at increasing the butter to 1 cup. Also, like another reviewer, I'll try a bigger pan to get them thinner. I also upped the cinnamon to 1t and added 1/2 t nutmed and 1/4t cloves. My BF was hit with the scent when he can home and said it was great. For me, more of a crumble than a bar. You have to let this sit overnight to be able to cut it but still a fabulous recipe.
Wow -- I'm the 13th reviewer! Has to be an omen! This is a delicious little bar cookie! I used butter in place of margarine, but other than that, followed the directions exactly. It intrigued me that some reviewers were going to reduce the sugar in the apples. I thought they could be a little sweeter. I may try them with dried apples as Kzim4 did. You don't think they are going to cut nicely, but they do! I cut mine while they were still warm, and they came out perfectly! Lainie, thanks for a wonderful recipe! I will be making these again!
I had a couple of apples that were getting past their prime and used them in this recipe. It was so easy and very good. Thanks.
I just made this again. 2nd time in 1 week. Everyone loves it! It was all gone in 1 evening and everyone wanted more. Hubby says this is perfect with ice cream. Almost better than pie. Perfect.