Gluten-Free Oatmeal Cranberry Energy Bars

This recipe saves calories by substituting equal parts cooking oil with Mott's applesauce.


  • ¼ cup Mott’s® Applesauce Cinnamon
  • 1 cup quick rolled oats (not instant)
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped almonds, pecans, walnuts, or cashews (or a mixture of nuts)
  • 1 cup dried cranberries (or dried cherries, raisins, chopped dried apricots, or a mixture)
  • ½ cup shredded coconut (either sweetened or unsweetened)
  • ¼ cup millet (optional)
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter or cashew butter
  • ½ cup brown rice syrup or honey (honey will have a softer texture – see revised instructions below)
Mott’s Applesauce Cinnamon

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  • Preheat oven to 325˚ and grease a square 8- or 9-inch baking pan.
  • Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until the nut butter, brown rice syrup, and applesauce are fully combined.
  • Press the mixture into the prepared baking pan in an even layer—it will be sticky! Bake for 25-30 minutes, until the top is matte and starting to brown.
  • Cool completely on a rack, then cut into 16 bars, each approximately 2 inches square.
  • It is recommended that if you substitute honey for brown rice syrup, you refrigerate overnight before cutting.
  • Bars can be stored for up to 1 week in an airtight container at room temperature.

Makes: 16 bars, approximately 2 inches square.