Leaning more towards the sweet side, these pecan oat bars can be great for dessert, or a slightly decadent breakfast. They’re a much better alternative to most prepackaged oatmeal bars – and easy to make too!

Pecan Oat Bars

by Healthy Way To Cook

Ingredients (12 bars)

  • 1/4 cup butter, softened at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar, divided
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats, uncooked
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 cup chopped, lightly toasted pecans

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9×13 baking pan with non-stick cooking spray, or butter.

In large bowl, mix butter, applesauce and 1/2 cup brown sugar with an electric beater until light and fluffy.

Add egg yolks, water, and vanilla extract and continue to beat until well blended.

Add oats, flour, and baking soda and blend well with a wooden spoon until a dough is formed.

Spread dough in bottom of baking pan and bake for 15 minutes until golden brown.

Remove and place on rack to cool and turn the oven down to 325 degrees.

In a new cold bowl, add egg whites and beat with electric mixer until light and foamy.

Slowly add 1/2 cup brown sugar, continuing to beat until you get stiff peaks. Distribute this mixture over the bars, spreading to edges of pan. Put pecans on top, sprinkling evenly.

Bake 15 to 20 minutes until lightly browned. Place on a cooling rack for 10 minutes.

Cut into bars, then when cooled completely, remove from pan and serve.

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