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Easy Oatmeal Cherry Chocolate Snack Bars with Applesauce

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Whether it’s summer or school time not many people (or pets) in this house are morning people so I’m up for anything we can do to speed up our morning routine! I love making snack or breakfast bars ahead of time so that we always have something homemade to grab if we’re running out the door. Most of our breakfast bars include applesauce as a natural, delicious way to sweeten and bind the bars!

Easy oatmeal chocolate cherry breakfast bars with applesauce (gluten free)
The Secret Life of Pets © 2016 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

My son has been LOVING the previews of The Secret Life Of Pets (we are big dog people, obviously) so when we saw the promotion to purchase any 3 Mott’s® Juices or Applesauce to Receive a Free Child’s Ticket* (Mott’s on pack offer) for The Secret Life of Pets OR purchase any 5 Mott’s Juices or Applesauce to receive an additional $8 movie voucher – we were in (*$9 child admission, restrictions apply! (Note: Offers can be stacked – Purchases of 5 are eligible to receive the Free Child’s Ticket as well as the $8 movie voucher)

I had already bought a few on my last Target run so on this trip we picked up a Mott’s Applesauce Snack and Go 12 Pack in Natural, Mott’s Applesauce 6PK Sauce Cups in Original and a bottle of Mott’s Apple Juice 64oz. My kids (and I) are always grabbing one of those snack and go Mott’s Applesauce Pouches on the way out the door so those were perfect!

Easy oatmeal chocolate cherry breakfast bars with applesauce (gluten free)
The Secret Life of Pets © 2016 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

The other thing they’re perfect for are for making our easy oatmeal cherry chocolate snack (or breakfast bars), and the portion in one of the Mott’s Applesauce Pouches is perfect for our go-to recipe.

Easy oatmeal chocolate cherry breakfast bars with applesauce (gluten free)
The Secret Life of Pets © 2016 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

These are simple to make and can be customized to whatever mix-ins you have on hand.

Easy oatmeal chocolate cherry breakfast bars with applesauce (gluten free)
The Secret Life of Pets © 2016 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

Just mix all ingredients together,

Easy oatmeal chocolate cherry breakfast bars with applesauce (gluten free)
The Secret Life of Pets © 2016 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

place in a parchment lined 9″x9″ pan,

Easy oatmeal chocolate cherry breakfast bars with applesauce (gluten free)
The Secret Life of Pets © 2016 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

and bake at 350F until golden and fairly firm to the touch in the middle (about 20-25 min).

Easy oatmeal chocolate cherry breakfast bars with applesauce (gluten free)
The Secret Life of Pets © 2016 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

Allow to cool and cut into bars or squares. These are perfect for the kids in the family with a sweet tooth because they are naturally sweetened with no added sugar! Plus you can easily adjust them depending on what types of dried fruit, nuts, seeds or chocolate chips you like or have on hand. This is a great recipe to show the kids that making smart snack choices is easy and SO good!

Easy oatmeal chocolate cherry breakfast bars with applesauce (gluten free)
The Secret Life of Pets © 2016 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Easy oatmeal chocolate cherry breakfast bars with applesauce (gluten free)
The Secret Life of Pets © 2016 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Easy Oatmeal Cherry Chocolate Snack Bars with Applesauce
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Recipe type: Breakfast
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Serves: 24
 
Simple, naturally sweetened snack or breakfast bars are easy to make, customize and delicious!
Ingredients
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 2 cups quick oats
  • 1 Mott's Applesauce Snack and Go Pouch (or ⅓ cup Mott's Natural Applesauce)
  • ¼ cup milk (your choice of dairy or non-dairy)
  • 1 egg
  • 1¼ - 1½c combined mix-ins (we used dried cherries, chopped walnuts and chocolate chips)
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp almond extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. Mash bananas
  3. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl
  4. Place in a parchment lined 9"x9" pan
  5. Bake for 20-15 minutes or until golden and mostly firm to the touch
  6. Allow to cool then cut into squares
  7. Store leftovers in the refrigerator

When you have breakfast ready to go you can spend more time getting everything done so you can do fun things like go to the movies! We took advantage of the Fandango promotion to go see The Secret Life of Pets – have you seen it yet?! I can’t decide if Max or Duke is my favorite 😉

Easy oatmeal chocolate cherry breakfast bars with applesauce (gluten free)
The Secret Life of Pets © 2016 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

Don’t forget to check your Cartwheel app when shopping at Target. Right now they have these offers which will save you even more!

Easy oatmeal chocolate cherry breakfast bars with applesauce (gluten free)
The Secret Life of Pets © 2016 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

Looking for more delicious ways to use your Mott’s Applesauce? Check out all of these ideas and more info about these special offers.

Easy oatmeal chocolate cherry breakfast bars with applesauce (gluten free)
The Secret Life of Pets © 2016 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.
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Allison Waken is a wife, mom of boys and Phoenix, AZ native. She has been creating inspiring content for All for the Boys since 2011. Allison loves travel, movies and spending as much time as possible with her family while she can!

1 Comment

  1. These granola bars look so delicious! I love using applesauce in our granola recipes, but using the pouch is a brilliant idea! I bet my 3 year old (okay, the 6 and 7 year olds, too) would love squeezing it out into the bowl for this recipe! (client)

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