Holiday Treats for Kids to Make

This week of Thanksgiving will most likely be a week of interrupted time schedules. Kids will probably be home from school. Work hours may be changed from regular times. It would be good to have healthy snacks on hand for drop-in company.

Here is a recipe for times such as this. These Apple Chunky Bars are easy enough for kids to make and they make a nice, large pan of tasty apple-filled bars.If you have my cookbook, Healthy to the Core! All Natural Low Sugar/No Sugar Apple recipes for Kids, you will find it on page 100-101. If not, here is the recipe:

Apple Chunky Bars


4 cups cooking apples, peeled and coarsely chopped
(about 2 large or 3 medium apples)
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon cinnamon


2 cups oatmeal (regular or quick)
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 cup butter (1 1/2 sticks), softened
2 tablespoons cane sugar

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 x 13-inch pan.
  2. For Filling: Combine apples, water, honey, and cinnamon in medium saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 5 minutes or until apples are slightly softened. Remove from heat. Watch carefully.
  3. For Crust: In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add oatmeal, flour, baking powder and cinnamon. Mix well to combine.
  4. Set aside 2 cups of oat mixture for the topping.
  5. Press remaining oat mixture into greased pan.
  6. Bake for 12 minutes.
  7. Spread cooked apple filling carefully oven baked crust. Sprinkle reserved oat mixture over top.
  8. Bake an additional 15-20 minutes or until top is nicely browned. Cool. Cut into bar.

Makes: 13-24 bars.

For more apple recipes, visit my website:

There you will find my three apple cookbooks. Yes, THREE of them. You might say I really like apples.

Hope you do too!

Best to you,

Lee Jackson
Books for cooks and apple lovers,
kids, families and parenting professionals
See new book: Healthy to the Core! All Natural Low Sugar/No Sugar Apple Recipes for Kids