Apple Crumb Bars
 
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These apple crumb bars have a crunchy oat crust and a delicious apple cinnamon filling. They are vegan friendly, gluten-free, and refined sugar free as well!
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Recipe type: Dessert, Vegan, Gluten Free
Serves: 12 bars
Ingredients
Crust:
  • 2 cups rolled oats (make sure they're certified gluten-free, if needed)
  • 1 cups blanched almond flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons melted coconut oil (or melted butter, if not dairy-free)
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup (honey or other liquid sweetener can also be used)
  • 1–3 teaspoons water, if needed, to help dough come together
  • ¼ cup pecans, finely chopped
Filling:
  • 1–2 teaspoons coconut oil or other oil of choice
  • 3 cups apples, peeled, cored, and diced small (I use gala or granny smith)
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • Pinch of nutmeg, optional
  • Pinch of ginger, optional
  • 3–4 tablespoons pure maple syrup, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch blended with 2 tablespoons water
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line an 8x8 pan with parchment paper and set aside.
Crust:
  1. Blend whole oats in a food processor until finely ground. Blend in almond flour and salt. Pour in coconut oil and maple syrup, pulsing until mixture is crumbly. If mixture is too dry, add water a teaspoon at a time, just until it holds together when pressed between two fingers.
  2. Remove ½ cup of oat mixture and set aside. Press remaining mixture into the prepared pan.
  3. For the topping, blend reserved ½ cup oat mixture with finely chopped pecans. Set aside.
Filling:
  1. In a large frying pan, melt coconut oil over medium heat. Add chopped apples and spices. Saute for 2–3 minutes then pour in maple syrup and cornstarch/water slurry. Cook together until sauce thickens. Remove from heat.
Putting It Together:
  1. Spread apple mixture over prepared crust. Sprinkle crumble topping over apple mixture and place into the oven. Bake for 30–35 minutes, or until crumble is golden brown.
  2. Let cool completely before cutting into bars. Makes 12–16 bars, depending on how large you cut them.
  3. Store leftover bars in an airtight container in a cool room for 1–2 days or in the refrigerator for 4–5 days.
Recipe by Wife Mama Foodie at https://www.wifemamafoodie.com/healthier-apple-crumb-bars/