These bars are great to make in batches as they freeze really well!
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Prepare a 9×13″ baking pan by lining it with parchment paper, leaving extra at the edge to make pulling the bars out of the pan easier (grease the pan first to let the paper stick). Preheat the oven to 350F.
Place all ingredients in a large heavy-bottomed pot and simmer on medium-low heat until the apples are soft, approximately 45-50 minutes. Set aside to cool.
Combine all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until you have coarse crumbs. The mixture should stick together slightly when you press it between your fingers. Reserve 3/4 c. of the crumb mixture and pat the rest of it in the bottom of your prepared pan evenly and firmly. I use the bottom of a flat drinking glass to smooth it out and get it really pressed down.
Mix all of the topping ingredients together in a medium bowl along with the reserved crumb mixture.
Carefully spread the applesauce filling over the top of the prepared base using the back of a large spoon.
Sprinkle evenly with the topping and bake for approximately 45 minutes until the bars are browned. Remove from the oven and cool completely before removing from the pan using the parchment paper as ‘handles’. Cut into 24 bars and serve.