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Caramel Apple Pie Bars

  • Author: Lexi
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 9-12 bars 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven

Description

Much easier to make than homemade apple pie, these caramel apple pie bars are a delicious way to use up seasonal apples.


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Ingredients

Crust/topping:

  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup sweet rice flour
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 coconut sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1 cup dairy free butter, chilled and cut into pieces
  • 4 tbsp creamy almond butter

Apple pie filling:

  • 5 cups peeled and diced apples
  • 2 tbsp cane sugar
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • Pinch nutmeg
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 1/2 tbsp arrowroot powder
  • 1/4 cup vegan caramel (store bought or homemade) + more for topping

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line an 8×8 pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. To make crust, combine all ingredients except butter and almond butter in food processor and pulse until well combined. Add butter and almond butter and continue to pulse until it forms a coarse crumble.
  3. Press 1/2 of mixture into pan. Reserve rest of mixture for topping.
  4. To make filling, add apples, sugar, maple syrup and lemon juice to a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook for a few minutes until fragrant and slightly softened. Add spices and arrowroot powder and bring to a simmer. Stir often until apples are completely softened and mixture has thickened.
  5. Remove from heat and let cool slightly. Spread filling over crust in an even layer, then drizzle with vegan caramel, then add remaining crumble topping.
  6. Bake for 30-32 minutes, until golden brown. Let cool completely before slicing and serving.
  7. Serve with more vegan caramel and some vanilla ice cream!

Notes

Arrowroot powder is a pantry staple in our house – similar to cornstarch, it helps thicken this apple pie filling. You can find it at most specialty food stores.