Autumn means apples are in season and for this Mom Tip Monday, Catherine from Weelicious shares a delicious, healthy recipe the whole family will love.

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Fall is in the air and that also means that apples are in season too. No matter what part of the country you live, a variety of apples are at your disposal. Just as I did as a kid, I take my kids apple picking at a local farm gathering pounds of sweet, crunchy gems. The only problem is that our eyes tend to be bigger then our tummies and we end up with more then we could possibly eat in a week. My remedy is cooking up tons of apple butter to make recipes like these Fruit and Oat Bars.

I have to say, this goes down as one of our family’s favorite recipes because it’s healthy and packed with fiber and other nutrients, as well as being sweet but not in a loaded with sugar and the junk you’ll find in a store-bought equivalent. I guarantee I will be coaxed by the family into making these at least once a week during apple season for school lunch boxes, afternoon snacks or even dessert (it could be a
long winter for mommy)!

Fruit & Oat Bars (Makes 18 Bars)

2 cups whole oats
1 cup flour
2 tbsp wheat germ
1/2 tsp baking soda
10 tbsp butter
1/3 nuts, chopped (I used almonds)
1/4 cup honey
2 cups apple butter or 1-10 to 12 oz. jar fruit preserves

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Place all the ingredients except the apple butter or preserves in a food processor.
3. Pulse until the ingredients are combined and oats and nuts are in small pieces.
4. Press all but 1 cup of the mixture into the bottom of a greased 11 x 7 inch pan.
5. Cover the oat mixture with apple butter or preserves.
6. Crumble the remaining 1 cup of oat mixture over the apple butter or preserves.
7. Bake for 30-35 minutes.
8. Cool, cut and serve.

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Thank you Catherine! These homemade granola bars look scrumptious even for mommy! Stay tuned for another great mom tip next week.

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