Gluten Free Apple Pie Bars

An easier and equally delicious way to fulfill that apple pie craving is to take all those same flavors and bake them up as bars! These Gluten Free Apple Pie Bars have all the deliciousness of an apple crumb pie without the time needed to actually make one. It uses nutrient-dense almond flour to make the crust and the crumble on top and is filled with sweet cinnamon-y apples.

Gluten free apple pie bars.Healthy Apple Pie Bars

Who is back from the apple orchards with bushels to bake with? We’ve got recipes for Apple Pie, Apple Cider Donuts and Apple Muffin recipes, but this Apple Pie Bar is a new seasonal favorite! Because we all love the taste of apple pie, but don’t always have all the time to make one. Enter these bars, which are easy-to-make and (bonus!) made healthier using simple wholesome ingredients.

The crust is made out of almond flour and the filling is made up of the best apple pie filling that is sweetened just the right amount using only maple syrup. We use the same mixture for the crust as well as the crumble topping, and the filling is precooked on the stovetop so it’s just the right texture with minimal baking time!

Almond flour crust for bars.Ingredients Needed:

  • Almond Flour
  • Tapioca Flour
  • Coconut Oil
  • Maple Syrup
  • Vanilla
  • Apples
  • Apple Cider
  • Lemon Juice
  • Spices

Here are the kitchen tools you need:

Apple pie bar filling in a pot.

Best Types of Apples to Use

Admittedly, not all apples are created equally. While they all taste delicious, different apples perform better for cooking, eating and baking. For this recipe specifically, we’re calling for Granny Smith apples. We like the tartness and the texture for this recipe. If you can’t find those apples, look for these other options:

  • Cortland
  • Gala
  • Honey Crisp
  • Golden Delicious

Apple Pie Bars

Serving and Storing Apple Pie Bars

These bars are best served on a plate with a fork. They’re perfect served as is, but go ahead and add a scoop of vanilla ice cream if you want!

These bars are best served within two days after making. You can store overnight in a covered container at room temperature, or in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

A slice of gluten free apple pie bars.

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Gluten Free Apple Pie Bars

Gluten free apple pie bars.

An easier and equally delicious way to fulfill that apple pie craving is to take all those same flavors and bake them up as bars! These Gluten Free Apple Pie Bars have all the deliciousness of an apple crumb pie without the time needed to actually make one! It uses nutrient-dense almond flour to make the crust and the crumble on top and is filled with sweet cinnamon-y apples.

  • Author: Lexi's Clean Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 00:15
  • Cook Time: 00:35
  • Total Time: 00:50
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Diet: Gluten Free
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Ingredients

For Apple Filling:

  • 2 medium granny smith apples, peeled, cored and diced to 1/2″
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 2 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 11/2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons tapioca starch
  • 1 tablespoon water

For Crust and Crumble: 

  • 3 cups (288g) almond flour 
  • 2 tablespoons (15 grams) tapioca flour
  • ⅓ cup coconut oil or butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup (see note)
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions

  1. Add apples, apple cider, maple syrup, lemon juice, vanilla, spices and salt and to a medium pot and stir to combine. Turn heat to medium-high, and cook, stirring frequently for 8-10 minutes until the exuded liquid from the apples has reduced and the apples are soft, but not broken apart. 
  2. In a small bowl make a slurry using tapioca and water and add it to the apple mixture, stirring continuously. Cook for 1 minute or until the mixture has thickened up.
  3. Cool apple pie filling slightly.
  4. Preheat oven to 350ºF and line an 8×8 baking dish with a parchment paper sling.
  5. Make the crust and crumble mixture: In a large bowl add almond flour, tapioca, coconut oil, maple syrup, and salt and mix well until it turns into large crumbles. Place ⅔ of the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan and press down evenly.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 10-15 minutes, or until the crust looks nearly all baked.
  7. Pour the apple mixture into parbaked crust and sprinkle the remaining crumble mixture on top and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the crumble is lightly browned and the filling is bubbling along the edges.
  8. Let cool completely before cutting.
  9. Store in the refrigerator.

Notes

While these are bars, due to the almond flour they’re a bit trickier to eat handheld. They are best served on a plate with a fork. They’re perfect served as is, but go ahead and add a scoop of vanilla ice cream if you want!

These bars are best served within two days after making. You can store overnight in a covered container at room temperature, or in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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