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Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Bars

Bursting with fall flavor, these Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Bars are kid-friendly and full of protein and fiber for a healthy breakfast or snack.

Bursting with fall flavor, these Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Bars are kid-friendly and full of protein and fiber for a healthy breakfast or snack.

Thanks to ADA Mideast for sponsoring this post

*Note, this post was originally published in September 2013. The recipe and photos were updated in September 2016*

Hi Friends!

I’ve got a delicious recipe to share with you guys today. As school starts up again, I’m teaming up with the American Dairy Association Mideast and some other bloggers for a little recipe exchange! The goal is to share some delicious breakfast ideas with you guys and to promote dairy products as a healthy part of a nutritious breakfast for kids!

As a registered dietitian, I’m a HUGE proponent of everyone eating a healthy breakfast each morning. Kids are no exception. Research has shown that breakfast eaters have better attention and memory than breakfast skippers, and kids who eat breakfast have better math and reading scores, better attendance and better attention in the classroom than those who don’t eat breakfast.

When I started thinking about what recipe I was going to create, I decided to focus on a couple of ways ADA Mideast shares to build a better breakfast:

Build a better breakfast

  • Be a role model. Your kids are more likely to eat breakfast if you do, too.
  • Go beyond boxed cereal. Get creative with breakfast options that kids will be sure to wake up for.
  • Rushed morning rescue. Keep portable items on hand such as yogurts in a tube, granola bars, fruit, and single-serve, milk.
  • Eat for energy. Plan breakfast around at least three of the five food groups.
  • Late out of the gate? Eat breakfast at school. School breakfast is a convenient and nutritious option for busy families or kids who don’t feel hungry as soon as they wake up. It’s available to all students, regardless of socio-economic background and has great nutritional value!

Bursting with fall flavor, these Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Bars are kid-friendly and full of protein and fiber for a healthy breakfast or snack.

I wanted to create something that was grab-and-go. As a kid, I never had trouble getting up to eat breakfast, but my sister was constantly oversleeping/running late/skipping breakfast on her way to school. When kids have trouble getting up in the morning, it’s important to have quick, easy options ready for them so they don’t miss out on the most important meal of the day. I also wanted to create an energy dense breakfast that included at least three of the five food groups. These Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Bars contain whole grains, dairy, and fruit all in one easy to eat bar!

These bars are full of flavor and super moist! It’s almost like eating cake for breakfast ? Plus, fall is fast approaching. This is a great way to incorporate one of my favorite fall fruits into your diet.

Author: Lindsay


Serves 6-8

Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Bars

A quick, healthy grab and go breakfast option. Make a pan on Sunday and enjoy them all week long!

10 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

40 minTotal Time

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4 T butter, melted
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
2 tsp cinnamon
1.5 cups oats
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cup chopped apples




  1. In a bowl, combine the first 6 ingredients and mix well.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and stir until just combined.
  3. Spoon into a greased 9×9 pan and bake at 375 degrees for about 20 minutes.

Note – I updated this recipe 3 years after making it. Here’s the original recipe that’s more like baked oatmeal.

Combine 3/4 c skim milk + 1/2 c peanut butter + 1 tsp vanilla + 1/4 c applesauce + 1/4 c honey + 1 cup grated apple (squeezed to remove excess moisture) + 1 egg and mix well. Add 1.5 cups rolled oats + 1/4 cup flour + 1 tsp baking soda + 1 tsp cinnamon. Mix and bake in a 9×9 pan at 350 for 30 min.

Bursting with fall flavor, these Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Bars are kid-friendly and full of protein and fiber for a healthy breakfast or snack.

If you’re making these to eat on the run, let them cool completely, cut into bars, and place in individual ziploc bags. Store them in the fridge and your kids can grab one on their way out the door. If you have a little more time in the morning, stick one on a plate, microwave to warm it up, and top with a little peanut butter. Alternatively, crumble one into a bowl of low-fat yogurt for more dairy power!


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*ADA Mideast compensated me for this post. All thoughts, opinions and the recipe are my own*




  1. Running Hutch

    Looks so good!

  2. GiGi Eats Celebrities

    These should be sold in school cafeterias!

  3. Pavement Runner

    Can i just place an order for the ones that you made? I want to eat them with my morning coffee.

  4. Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl

    Love that these have no added sugar other than a small amount of honey! I definitely have my kids eat breakfast every morning and we will be giving these a try!

  5. Tiff @ Love, Sweat, & Beers

    These look great! Though I love both, I think it’s a little sad how apple has taken a back seat to pumpkin in fall foods. I’m happy to see it getting a little attention. ????

  6. The Candid RD

    I’ve really been into breakfast bars lately or balls (“bites”)….I would make these but I need a replacement for the applesauce. Hmm, I’ll think about that (maybe yogurt or butternut squash puree!!!).

  7. kerry

    These look great! apple & cinnamon is always a winner ????

  8. Heather @fitncookies

    These look so good! They combine two of my favorite things- apple and cinnamon! ????

  9. MIZ

    perfect school snack!!!!

  10. lindsay

    i’m so glad you are doing this. People shun dairy way to much and breakfast! we need to revisit the reasons WHY we NEED to FUEL our kids properly! Good stuff woman!

  11. Linz @ Itz Linz

    these look FANTASTIC!! and i feel like everyone loves the apple cinnamon flavor!!

  12. Becky @ Olives n Wine

    I don’t have kids but I could totally get down with these bars for breakfast! I’m always looking for something quick, easy and healthy to grab on the go and these look like they’d do the trick!

  13. Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat

    These breakfast bars sound fantastic! Perfect for a quick grab and go snack!

  14. Lisa @ RunWiki

    My kids would love these and they’re great for those mornings when we have no time to eat a sit down breakfast. These are great Linds.

  15. Julie @ RDelicious Kitchen

    do you happen to know the nutritional information for them?

  16. Alisha @ Alisha's Appetite

    Awesome recipe! I recipes like this that are easy to eat on the go are the perfect way to convert non-breakfast eaters into believers – and even husbands who eat running out the door in the morning.

  17. Madeline @ Food Fitness and Family

    These look fab! Pinned them for when I start school in January. They will be perfect for me AND the kiddos.

  18. Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves

    Yum! I love anything with apples and cinnamon (extra points for the peanut butter!) and I love how convenient these are. Thanks for sharing another awesome recipe, Lindsay!

  19. Heather (Where's the Beach)

    YUM – just pinned and thank you for sharing your recipes!

  20. Kelly @ Kelly Runs For Food

    Definitely just pinned that! My husband would eat these for sure, I’ve been trying to get him to eat breakfast for years!

  21. Kelly @ Cupcake Kelly's

    I love this not just for B, but the husband and I too!! PINNED ????

  22. Melissa @ Freeing Imperfections

    These look great! I’m going apple picking soon and I need all the apple recipes I can get!

  23. Emily @ The Apron Blog

    Awesome! I’ve been wanting to try one of your breakfast recipes. It is rare when my boyfriend eats breakfast, but I feel if I made these, maybe he would!
    Do you think there’s any way to make them gluten free?

  24. Danielle @ It's A Harleyyy Life

    These look delicious! I’m pinning this! Thanks!

  25. Lauren

    I bet these would be really good warmed up with a little bit of ice cream and cinnamon apples over top as dessert! It’s all about balance ????

  26. Ananda

    I don’t have kids but I’m going to have to try this recipe for my husband. He’s really bad about not eating breakfast and a super picky breakfast food eater, to boot. He refuses to eat yogurt or oatmeal and only seems to want egg+ meat style breakfasts but is too lazy to make them for himself. I’ve tried breakfast burritos but maybe this will be a good way to mix it up for him.

  27. Christina @ The Beautiful Balance

    This looks delicious! I would have to replace the skim milk with a non-dairy milk but nonetheless I know these will easily be my new favorite go-to for breakfast.

  28. Erika

    These sound amazing and perfect! I just picked 4 grocery sack fulls of apples from the tree! I am going to make homemade applesauce and these bars are also going to be made for sure. Thanks!
    Also, as an RD I would love you input on dairy. I hear/read so many conflicting things about dairy being good for vs. bad for you. Low fat vs. full fat. Organic vs. nonorganic – how processed is cow milk you get in the store. Cow milk vs. goat/soy/almond/etc.??

  29. Tara | treble in the kitchen

    Yummm! Thanks for the education too!! I am always a breakfast advocate ????

  30. Nicole @ not before my tea

    As I go through your old posts to update the recipes (and my boyfriend will back me up), I am always wondering how you come up with them! I would never in a million years be able to think of some of those things, like these little gems.
    I guess that’s why I follow your blog though (haha). This recipe looks right up me alley. Can’t wait to try it! ????

  31. Dana @ Conscious Kitchen Blog

    These sounds so tasty and perfect for breakfast on the go.

  32. Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries

    Since having a baby, I’m definitely a fan of make ahead breakfast options. Definitely adding this one to my list! Looks great!

  33. Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl

    These sound delicious!! I hope to try making a vegan version. Now that apples are getting to be SO good, these will be perfect!

  34. Heather Williams

    These are gorgeous !:) I was always a kid who never wanted breakfast, and Nutrigrains were a regular thing for me. Ah, leh sigh! These would be so great for kids instead of processed stuff, and they could easily be customized with different nut butter, flours and dairy alternatives for kids with allergies, which is great!:) Apples and cinnamon always remind me of fall!:)

  35. Jody - Fit at 55

    YUM!!!!!!!!!!!! Perfect for breakfast or a snack or an add-on to a greek yogurt mini meal – they look amazing!!!!

  36. Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate

    These look so good and I bet smell delicious when they are being baked!

  37. Jan @ Sprouts n Squats

    Yum those look delicious!! I always need some variations in my breakfast and this looks like a great one to try ????

  38. Gina

    I was wondering if you had the nutritional information for these bars?

  39. Lindsay

    if you cut into 8 bars it’s around 240 cal, 10g fat (1.5g sat), 4 g fiber, 8 g protein

  40. Nikki

    I can not wait to make these! !

  41. Courtney @ Don't Blink. Just Run.

    Those look amazing! Right up my alley.

  42. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts

    I am going to have to try these soon! I have lots of apples, and am always look for quick and healthy breakfasts!

  43. Jennie @themessybakerblog

    These sound delightful. I’m always look for great bar recipes for breakfast on the go.

  44. Taylor Yu

    I just tried these, followed the recipe exactly, and was unfortunately disappointed. As my younger sister said, they’re “good” but not “amazing.” They aren’t very flavorful despite all of the components, and they’re also cakier than I anticipated. Just not exactly what I expected.

  45. Aardvark's Apprentice

    These are delicious. I grated in a carrot too and added some wheat germ, hemp seeds, and chia seeds. They’re not really a “bar” as much as a “snack cake,” but they are wonderful with a cup of tea and my kids love them.

  46. Lindsay

    glad you enjoyed them!

  47. Gabi

    These look great! Just wondering if I could substitute almond milk for the skim milk?

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  49. Becca

    Making these now! ???? I am doing the advocare 24 day challenge and these are going to be perfect! I did use almond milk in place of regular and then used Almond Meal in place of the whole wheat flour (to make gluten free) So excited! ???? Oh and used gluten free oats! ????

  50. Jen

    I was very excited to try these. The consistency is like zucchini bread which I prefer over the typical bar. Unfortunately, it turned out fairly bland. You barely taste the apple at all. It did work for an easy breakfast for a few days but I will not be making again.
    Simple and quick recipe though!

  51. Lindsay

    So sorry to hear you didn’t like them!

  52. Jen

    What do you think about turning these into cookies, would that work or is the batter to watery?

  53. Lindsay

    Honestly, it’s been a while since I’ve made these so i’m not sure. From what I recall, you could probably make them as cookies..or if that doesn’t work, put them in muffin tins and just not fill all the way to help contain the batter!

  54. Melissa

    These look delicious and would love to make them! However, my son is allergic to peanut butter. Is there a substitute I could use in place of the peanut butter?

  55. Lindsay

    can he have another kind of nut butter? or sunflower seed butter or soynut butter?

  56. Melissa

    Unfortunately he is allergic to all tree nuts. I will look into the sunflower seed butter. Have you used it previously? Would it equate to the same amount as what you used for the peanut butter?

  57. Lindsay

    Yep, the ratio is the same. It sometimes causes a green tint in baked goods but that’s totally normal and nothing to worry about!

  58. Angela

    These look great! I made them for home but I am also a cooking teacher and would love to make them with my students. Only issue is I have to avoid peanut butter due to allergies. Any alternative recipes or suggestions for that?

  59. Lindsay

    could you use sunflowerseed butter or soynut butter?

  60. Heather @Lunging Through Life

    Mmm I’m glad you remade these and reshared them! I am excited to make them and see how they are!

  61. Susan

    What’s the drizzle? These sound delish!

  62. Heather Kinnaird

    we are all about a fun breakfast and these sound delicious and perfect for apple season

  63. Lauren

    Wow, these look so great! Perfect way to start the day!

  64. Jodi @ The Average RD

    These look so delicious Lindsay! I can’t wait to try them out – my kids will be thrilled ????

  65. Brooklyn Murtaugh

    I’ve been looking for a new breakfast bar, and these look perfect!

  66. Mary @ Fit and Fed

    A nice advantage of a recipe like this is that you could bring it in the car on a plate for those late mornings. Can’t say that for cereal! For me I’d make it with almond butter, I’m sure it would turn out just fine with that.

  67. Jill @ RunEatSnap

    Yum! These look easy and delicious which is my kind of recipe!

  68. Leah

    These look soo good but I don’t know if I should make them – I don’t think I’d be able to eat just one bar!

  69. The Wooden Spoon

    These look SO good- definitely a winning combo!

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