Easiest Apple Bars (with Vegan Caramel Sauce)

Easiest Apple Bars (with Vegan Caramel Sauce)

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These apple bars are packed with nutritious ingredients and topped with a vegan caramel sauce. They are vegan and gluten free.

apple bars on a plate

What you will need

Crust Ingredients

  • oats: I used old-fashioned oats for this recipe.
  • almond flour: blanched almond flour works best.
  • cinnamon
  • baking powder
  • maple syrup: agave, honey, or another liquid sweetener will also work.
  • coconut oil: vegan butter will also work.
  • vanilla
  • dash of salt

Filling Ingredients

  • apples: any apples will work. I love using honeycrisp.
  • lemon
  • coconut sugar: any granulated sugar will work such as white, cane sugar, or brown sugar.
  • vanilla
  • cinnamon
  • cornstarch

Caramel Sauce Ingredients

  • coconut cream: Coconut cream comes in a can. This is the brand I like. For this recipe, you will need to refrigerate the coconut cream overnight. Once you remove it from the fridge, open it and only scoop out the solid part that has formed at the top. Do not use any of the water. 
  • coconut sugar: again, any granulated sugar will work, but I love using coconut sugar because of the unique flavor that it gives to this recipe.
  • cornstarch
  • vanilla
  • salt

How to make the apple bars

Start by making the crust. In a large bowl, combine the oats, almond flour, baking powder, maple, melted coconut oil, vanilla, and salt. Mix them well.

Line the bottom of a baking dish with parchment paper and grease it lightly with some coconut oil.

Add the crust to the pan, but save about 1/2 of the mixture for the top layer.

Use a spatula or your fingers to pat down the crust until you have a tightly packed, even layer.

Now it’s time to make your filling. Cut and peel the apples, then slice them as thin as you can.

To a pan over medium heat, add the apples, lemon juice, cinnamon, coconut sugar, and vanilla.

Cook the apples for 3-4 minutes, then add in the cornstarch. Stir everything together for another minute, then remove from heat.

Pour the apple filling on top of the layer of crust. Use a spatula to make sure it’s even.

Add the remaining half of crust on top of the apples.

Bake the bars for 30-35 minutes at 400F/ 200C.

Remove from the oven and give the bars plenty of time to cool so that the filling can set.

I sliced mine into smaller squares and made 9 bars with this recipe. Store it in the fridge for 5-6 days.

fork cutting into an apple bar

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a slice of apple bars

Easiest Apple Bars (with Vegan Caramel Sauce)

Gaby Dimova
These apple bars are packed with nutritious ingredients and topped with a vegan caramel sauce. They are vegan and gluten free.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 9 bars
Calories 333 kcal

Ingredients
  

Crust Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cup oats 180 g
  • 1 1/2 cup almond flour 180 g
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • dash of salt

Filling Ingredients

  • 3 medium sized apples 510 g
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch

Caramel Sauce Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup coconut cream 100 g
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar 100 g
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Instructions
 

  • Start by making the crust. In a large bowl, combine the oats, almond flour, baking powder, maple, melted coconut oil, vanilla, and salt. Mix them well.
  • Line the bottom of a baking dish with parchment paper and grease it lightly with some coconut oil.
  • Add the crust to the pan, but save about 1/2 of the mixture for the top layer.
  • Use a spatula or your fingers to pat down the crust until you have a tightly packed, even layer.
  • Now it’s time to make your filling. Cut and peel the apples, then slice them as thin as you can.
  • To a pan over medium heat, add the apples, lemon juice, cinnamon, coconut sugar, and vanilla.
  • Cook the apples for 3-4 minutes, then add in the cornstarch. Stir everything together for another minute, then remove from heat.
  • Pour the apple filling on top of the layer of crust. Use a spatula to make sure it’s even.
  • Add the remaining half of crust on top of the apples.
  • Bake the bars for 30-35 minutes at 400*F/ 200*C.
  • Remove from the oven and give the bars plenty of time to cool so that the filling can set.
  • I sliced mine into smaller squares and made 9 bars with this recipe. Store it in the fridge for 5-6 days.

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Notes

If you have a gluten sensitivity, make sure to use oats that are certified gluten free.

Nutrition

Calories: 333kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 7gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 139mgPotassium: 137mgFiber: 4gSugar: 17gVitamin A: 1IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 123mgIron: 2mg
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