3-Ingredient Apple Almond Breakfast Bars Recipe

a plate of healthy apple almond oat breakfast bars

Healthy breakfast bar recipe that’s sweetened with fruit, high in protein, low calorie and made from just three ingredients. These oatmeal breakfast bars are chewy and filling.

Easy to make and one batch makes for a filling on the go breakfast. Free of dairy, wheat, added sugar and oil. Suitable for vegan and whole food plant based diets.

healthy recipe for apple almond breakfast bar

I’m using Bramley cooking apples for these breakfast bars mainly because I have a huge tree and so many to use in the autumn. You can use any apples that you like. I do like using cookers as it seems a shame to cook normal apples that can be eaten raw.

The apples aren’t peeled for this recipe as many of the vitamins and minerals are in the skin. Blending the whole apples with the skin gives a great texture, adds to the appearance with little skin flakes and maximises the nutrition.

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This mixture for the healthy breakfast bars is mostly apple and you want to have almost three times the volume of cubed apples as almonds. The ingredient lists for my recipes are always a bit dependant on the size of the produce.

As my recipes are just natural whole foods it’s not so much a science as natural produce can vary so much in size, sweetness and flavour. With this 3-ingredient breakfast bar recipe please do taste as you go.

healthy breakfast bars with fresh apple and low calorie

Almonds for these breakfast bars are soaked overnight in order to sprout/activate them and make it easier for the body to absorb the vitamins and minerals. If you don’t have time for an overnight soak then 1 hour is sufficient.

Soaking nuts has been part of many cultures over the years and I really would recommend always soaking.

The final almonds are dried in the oven but not roasted at a high temperature so much of the good oils and nutrition is still intact.

gluten free apple almond oatmeal bars

I’m using whole almonds for this and leaving the skins on for these healthy breakfast bars. Like apples, there’s lots of good stuff in the skin and don’t want to lose this. Plus the skins add to the appearance as it might be a bit boring without them.

Blanched skinned almonds or almond flour can be used instead if you prefer, they are just not as nutritious.

If you can then I would advise using Mediterranean almonds rather than Californian. This is as all Californian almonds have been pasteurised and are often lower quality. Also there are some issues with almond sustainability from Californian almonds.

healthy and easy vegan breakfast bars

A food processor is best for this breakfast bar mixture as its slightly wet. Just two to three minutes is enough to combine all of the ingredients together.

If you don’t have a food processor this can be done in a blender but you may need to do several batches.

Greeseproof / parchment paper is used in this so that the breakfast bars can easily be removed from the pan. If you can then make sure to use unbleached paper. Some brands aren’t vegan so you may want to check if you are concerned about this.

no added sugar breakfast bars that are sweetened with whole apples

These breakfast bars are cooked at a low temperature to slowly get a light golden colour without acrylamides. There’s still lots of research to be done as to the effect of slightly burnt food and a possible cancer risk for humans but I do cook most things at a low temperature just to make sure.

Whole rolled oats are used for this recipe rather than oatmeal or oat flour. I find it works best with crumbly oats as some whole oats can be tougher.

healthy wholefood breakfast bars vegan and chewy

Oats are naturally gluten-free but many are contaminated when growing or processing. Use gluen free oats if you are sensitive. Oats contain avenin otherwise known as oat gluten and while its similar to gluen 80% of people with issues with gluten are fine with gluten-free oats.

I decided to make these into cube shapes just as it’s an efficient and quick way to bake a batch. They also work quite well as a cookie shape or in a longer breakfast bar.

easy and filling healthy breakfast bars with oatmeal

Healthy Breakfast Bar Adaptations

I wanted to keep this recipe nice and simple with just three ingredients. However don’t let that stop you from adding your own touches to this basic recipe to adapt it to your tastes.

Suggested adaptations

  • Raisins and cinnamon
  • Blueberry
  • Carrots and pecan nuts
  • Dipped in dark chocolate.

Have you adapted this healthy breakfast bar recipe? Do let me know in the comments below or tag me on Instagram @nestandglow.

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Yield: 24 bars

3-Ingredient Apple Almond Breakfast Bars

a plate of healthy apple almond oat breakfast bars

Healthy breakfast bars with just 3 ingredients and are filling. These easy breakfast bars are a great on the go snack when you're in a rush. This is a basic recipe that you can add any ingredients and flavours that you like to enhance it.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 3 large cooking Apples
  • 1 cup / 90g Rolled oats
  • 1 cup / 150g Almonds


  1. Soak the almonds overnight in water, in at least twice the volume of almonds.
  2. Preheat oven to 190C / 375F.
  3. Rinse and drain the almonds
  4. Core and cube all of the apples.
  5. Place everything into a food processor and blend for a few minutes until combined.
  6. Spread onto a pan about 12" by 8" lined with non-stick paper.
  7. Bake the breakfast bars for half an hour or until you can see the tops go golden.
  8. Take out of the oven and leave to firm up for 10 minutes.
  9. Remove from paper and separate and enjoy as they are or add any flourishes you like such as chopped banana or chocolate.
  10. Store breakfast bars in the fridge and enjoy within 5 days.

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Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 66Total Fat 4gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 0mgSodium 32mgCarbohydrates 8gFiber 2gSugar 3gProtein 2g

This recipe is similar to my banana oatmeal cookies, however the most common question I got there was how to make it banana free. So this recipe is my adaptation to make it banana free – it’s a very different recipe in the end.

If you like this recipe check out my banana coconut macaroons – just a few ingredients and dipped in rich dark chocolate.

3 ingredient banana coconut macaroons

If you like these healthy breakfast bars three-ingredient recipe then be sure to check out my pumpkin seed chocolate 3 ingredient fudge recipe. All of my recipes are easy to make, just made from plants and bursting with good stuff.

Breakfast bars have a bad reputation as so many are junk food in pretty packaging that tries to convince people they’re healthy. Don’t be fooled by the photos of fruit and sunny fields as many breakfast bars are no healthier than a chocolate bar. This breakfast bar is healthy

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76 thoughts on “3-Ingredient Apple Almond Breakfast Bars”

    1. Hello, there’s the calories listed in the recipe. However the full nutritional information is something I might do in the future. At the moment the recipe is formatted so it will import into my fitness pal or similar for that if you want to. Does that help?

      1. I created these on my board under almond bars and healthy recipe. Almond is at the TOP of my board list so easy to find

  1. Love this simple recipe full of good stuff. I’ve made it but added some pecans and cinnemon and it was amazing. Lasted the whole week just having a few at a time and was very filling

    1. Thanks, that is so lovely to hear – never sure if anyone reads them or even finds them helpful. I do try to answer any questions people may have and share knowledge

  2. Made the bars last week and we loved them, thanks for sharing! Just a quick question about storage – do you think they’ll last at all out of the fridge? My partner is flying for work so won’t be able to refrigerate for 12h-24h, so we’re looking for healthy breakfasts he can fly with.

    1. Bastian Durward

      Hi there, I do go on the side of caution when saying to chill. I think these would be totally fine out the fridge for 12-24 hours. It’s a great on the road snack!

  3. Thanks for this ,I want to know if the Apple will be cooked before using or fresh ,raw apples?
    Hoping to hear from you soon

    1. Bastian Durward

      Hi there, I use few raw apples for this recipe πŸ™‚ let me know how you get on with these breakfast bars


    Would these work with wheat flakes or mixed flakes (mixture of wheat, rye, oat & barley)? Or even rice flakes soaked overnight?

    1. Bastian Durward

      Hi there, it’s hard to say as these flakes can vary so much and I haven’t used them. I think it would work as they often seem similar to just oats but might need some testing. Sorry I couldn’t be more help. Maybe someone else will chime in πŸ™‚

  5. Just made the bars, the kids ate them in 10 min and had to do a second batch for hubby. Thanks for this tasty and healthy recipe.

  6. Just wanted to let you know I made the breakfast bars and loved it! I’ve added 3 dates to make it sweater and kids friendlier and they liked it too.
    Thank you for sharing the recipe.

    1. Bastian Durward

      I would use one or the other as you wouldn’t want to burn half of the almonds. I think raw works better as I don’t like to double bake the nuts

  7. Hi going to make them in the morning can’t wait. I do have one question as I do want to make a few batches. Is it sufficient to freeze them.

  8. Deborah Emblem

    I am making these today. Just wanted to inquire to see if you can freeze them as I will be making several batches. Thanks let me know

  9. I happen to have a large amount of raw almond butter on hand… would it be ok to sub 150g of plain, unsalted almond butter?
    (We have egg and peanut/treenut allergies in our home, but no almond allergies. It’s really hard to find safe but healthy, protein rich options sometimes! But, these look wonderful!)

    1. Bastian Durward

      Hi there, that would work – although does seem a bit of a shame to cook raw almond butter. I would probably grind the oats (they will have already been steam cooked) and blend all together to make a raw bar. Will be a bit different but still great I expect!

  10. Mariana Truica

    Perfect bars! I just add a few organic raisins. The only complaint is I will have to double the cantities of ingredients…it finished it tooooo fast ?! Thank you for inspiring me

    1. Bastian Durward

      Well that’s the kind of complaint I love, thanks glad it went down well! raisins and cinnamon work so well in this

  11. I tried this recipe on saturday, it was a huge succes with both grown ups and toddlers! So easy to make and tastes so good πŸ™‚ this will become a staple for us.
    Thank you.

    1. Hi there, the temperature is in the recipe above – it might have been missing when you posted this as there was a problem for a day or so.

  12. Great recipe for healthy breakfast bars! Could you please share where you get Mediterranean almonds from? It’s hard to find good almonds. Thanks!

    1. Hi there, I now buy from wholesalers and tell them to only pick if they are European. It should say on the back of the packets where they are from. I’ve noticed all the Lidl ones are from the US

    1. Hi the nutritional information is below the recipe. Carbs from healthy wholefoods aren’t unhealthy, carbs from refined flour and sugar are though.

    1. You could, it will turn out differently but probably still good. Will need quite a lot of applesauce – 1/2 cup per apple so 1 1/2 cups in this breakfast bars recipe

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