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Easy Apple Squares (Cake Bars)

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Easy apple squares are made with cinnamon and brown sugar.  These delicious cake bars are very moist, thanks to the vegetable oil and the plain Greek yogurt.

The apple squares are super easy and quick to prepare on a busy weeknight! If you’re bored with making the same apple recipes, such as apple crisp,  crumble, or cobbler, try these little apple squares, and you’d be very happy!  These apple cake bars work great as both dessert and breakfast.  Talking about breakfast, have you tried these apple cinnamon pancakes with shredded apples?  Or, maybe you will enjoy this cozy apple crumb coffee cake?

Apple Squares with Cinnamon and Brown Sugar

In this recipe, I am using a generous amount of apples, tossed together with cinnamon and brown sugar, folded in the cake batter and baked in a 9×9 square pan. These apple cake bars are really just a lot of apple chunks held together by a relatively small amount of cake batter. 🙂 After all, the apple dessert recipes should be all about apples, shouldn’t they?

The apple squares are very moist, thanks to the vegetable oil and the plain Greek yogurt.

Other apple desserts

If you love all things apple, you will love these quick and easy apple desserts:

  • Sweet Cooked Apples
  • Apple Bundt Cake
  • Apple Crumb Coffee Cake
  • Apple, Blueberry Peach Coffee Cake

Apple Breakfast recipes

What could be better than enjoying a small slice of something sweet with apples in the morning? Here are my favorite apple breakfast recipes:

  • Pumpkin Banana Bread with Apples
  • Crepes with Ricotta Cheese and Caramelized Apples
  • Apple Cinnamon Pancakes
  • Apple Cinnamon Crepes

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Easy Apple Squares (Cake Bars)

Super moist and easy-to-make apple squares.  Made with cinnamon, brown sugar, these delicious cake bars are very moist, thanks to the vegetable oil and the plain Greek yogurt. And they get even moister after the first day!   The apple squares are pretty much an apple cake sliced into imperfect squares.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple cake bars, apple squares
Servings: 10 people
Calories: 262kcal
Author: Julia

Ingredients

  • 3 apples peeled, cored, and chopped into small square chunks
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour sifted
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • cup vegetable oil
  • cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9×9 square pan.
  • In a medium bowl, toss chopped apples with cinnamon and brown sugar.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine together 1 and ¼ cups flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, and ⅛ teaspoon salt.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together 1 cup of white sugar, vegetable oil, yogurt, and vanilla until very smooth. Add eggs and whisk until smooth.
  • Add dry ingredients (flour mixture) into wet ingredients and mix until just combined.
  • Pour half of the batter into the greased pan, top with half of the apples, then pour the remaining half of the batter on top of the apple layer. Top with the remaining half of apples. 
  • Bake the cake for about 45 minutes or 1 hour – until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Dust with powdered sugar before serving.

Nutrition

Nutrition Information
Easy Apple Squares (Cake Bars)
Amount per Serving
Calories
262
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
8
g
12
%
Saturated Fat
 
6
g
38
%
Cholesterol
 
33
mg
11
%
Sodium
 
46
mg
2
%
Potassium
 
143
mg
4
%
Carbohydrates
 
44
g
15
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
30
g
33
%
Protein
 
3
g
6
%
Vitamin A
 
75
IU
2
%
Vitamin C
 
2.5
mg
3
%
Calcium
 
41
mg
4
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The nutritional information on this website is only an estimate and is provided for convenience and as a courtesy only. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed. It should not be used as a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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