Surprisingly healthy yet decadence thick, creamy, and tangy Yogurt Bars are generously swirled with luscious Homemade Apple Butter and baked on a gluten-free Oat Pecan Shortbread Crust, making a delicious breakfast, snack, or dessert!
Featuring a crisp, buttery, and nutty gluten-free oat pecan shortbread-style crust, a smooth and silky protein-rich creamy filling, and a touch of cozy-spiced apple butter, there’s so much to love about these healthy-ish cheesecake-like bars.
While they do look rather fancy, this recipe couldn’t be simpler to make. I love making a new version almost every season, like a key lime and mango combo in the summer or lemon and strawberry puree in late spring. Both the crust and the filling come together effortlessly in a single bowl, making these bars a quick and easy treat to prepare.
For optimal freshness, store the bars in the fridge and enjoy them within 2-3 days. The crust may soften over time, but the bars remain delicious. These bars also freeze well for up to 2-3 months, provided you store them pre-cut and individually wrapped. When you’re ready to enjoy them, simply defrost them in the fridge for a few hours.
Apple Butter Swirled Yogurt Bars Ingredients
For the Apple Butter:
- Apples – Any variety works; keep the skins on for added flavor and nutrition, or peel for a different texture
- Apple Cider – Intensifies apple flavor and creates a simmering liquid for flavors to meld
- Honey – A sweet floral liquid that pairs well; maple syrup is a delightful alternative
- Brown Sugar – Optional, but adds a hint of molasses for extra coziness in the flavors
- Spices – Cinnamon, ginger, allspice, cloves, nutmeg, cardamom create a harmonious blend; customize to your liking
- Salt – Brings all flavors to life
For the Oatmeal Cookie Crust:
- Oat Flour – Easily made at home for a cost-effective option
- Pecans – Add a delightful sweet, nutty crunch, pairing wonderfully with apple spice nutty flavors
- Dark Brown Sugar – Deepens cozy flavors with a hint of molasses
- Softened Butter (or melted coconut oil for a dairy-free option, use refined coconut oil for a neutral flavor)
- Vanilla Extract
- Salt – Enhances all the flavors
For the Yogurt Filling:
- Eggs – Provide structure and a firm texture
- Mascarpone – Enhances thickness without overpowering tang
- Whole Milk Greek Yogurt – Choose plain for the creamiest bars
- Sugar (or real 100% maple syrup for a distinct flavor)
- Vanilla – Elevates the dessert’s rich flavors