These 2 layer Apple Pie Bars taste just like your favorite fall pie in a delicious square!! Paleo and Vegan, but no one will ever know!
We are officially kicking off the fall eating season with today’s version of Apple Pie Bars!! Everyone will go absolutely nuts over these 2 layers of perfection; a sweetened and moist shortbread crust, with an apple cinnamon pecan topping.
Apple desserts are an absolute FAVORITE for Mr. Wholesomelicious. He is not the chocolate lover like his wife, although he certainly doesn’t shy away from my all time favorite chocolate desserts. It’s only fair that every once in awhile, I bake something I know he will go absolutely bonkers over!! And a dessert he doesn’t have to share with me. Because, FYI, the perfect husband is HORRIBLE at sharing the foods he likes. And really, would you want to share any part of this delicious stack?? Probably not!!
These Apple Pie Bars are perfect for any fall celebration. Back to school treat? YUP! Lunchbox item? Sure! Fall celebration with friends or family? Absolutely!
These would even be perfect as a Thanksgiving treat for those guests who follow a Gluten-free, Vegan, or Paleo diet. And don’t tell the others, they won’t ever know!
To make these squares of goodness, you’ll first bake the bottom layer. While it’s baking, make your filling on the stovetop. Set aside the crust to cool. Once the filling is thickened and crust is slightly cooled, pour filling on top, and return to the oven to bake.
It’s best to let these completely cool, and be chilled before cutting into squares.
Apple Pie Bars (Vegan & Paleo)
- For the crust:
- 2 cups almond flour
- 2 tbsp coconut flour
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3 tbsp coconut oil
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- For the filling:
- 2 large apples cored, peeled and diced
- 1.5 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 cup arrowroot starch
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1/3 cup water
- juice of 1 lemon
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x9 or 8x8 inch pan with parchment paper and spray with non-stick spray. Set aside.
To make your crust, combine all crust ingredients into a food processor. Pulse until a dough like texture forms. Press the crust into the pan, evenly distributing. Place in the oven and bake for 15 mins. Set aside and cool. Leave oven on.
Meanwhile, make your filling. Combine cinnamon, nutmeg, arrowroot starch, and salt in a small bowl. Coat the apples with the dry mixture.
Place apple mixture, water, lemon, and maple syrup in a medium sized sauce pan. Cook over medium heat until sauce begins to thicken and caramelize (7-10 mins). Now stir in pecans. Remove.
Once crust is cooled, top with filling and spread evenly.
Bake for 20-22 minutes or until sauce has bubbled up and looks a golden color. Remove from heat. Cool completely, and refrigerate before cutting.