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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.
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, Apple Hand Pies, Apple Muffin, and more. 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
- Tapioca Flour
- Coconut Oil
- Maple Syrup
- Apple Cider
- Lemon Juice
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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:
- Honey Crisp
- Golden Delicious
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.
If you like this apple recipe, check out these others:
- Gluten-Free Spiced Apple Bread
- Grain-Free Apple Cranberry Crisp
- Gluten Free Apple Cider Donut Holes
- Gluten Free Apple Muffins
Gluten Free Apple Pie Bars
For Apple Filling:
- 2 medium granny smith apples peeled, cored and diced to 1/2"
- 1/2 cup apple cider
- 2 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1-1/2 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
- 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.
- 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.
- Cool apple pie filling slightly.
- Preheat oven to 350ºF and line an 8x8 baking dish with a parchment paper sling.
- 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.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 10-15 minutes, or until the crust looks nearly all baked.
- 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.
- Let cool completely before cutting.
- Store in the refrigerator.