Gluten-Free Apple Pie Bars

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A perfect fall deliciousness, Gluten-Free Apple Pie Bars. Delicious cinnamon apples with a hint of nutmeg and vanilla nestled between a shortbread crust and topped with lightly sweetened crunchy almonds. YUM!

 

apple pie bars, gluten-free

 

This apple pie bar recipe is probably one of the easiest gluten-free snack recipes using healthy apples. I used honey crisp apples because I find they are perfectly sweet and excellent for baking.

fall is all about apples…

 

apples

 

With the onset of fall, fresh apples are abundant everywhere. So whether you enjoy a day at a farm picking apples or get some at your local market, you know they will taste fresh, crispy and delicious.

As per Statista, apples are the second most consumed fruit in America, after bananas. This is why apple recipes are so popular, especially in the fall. Two of our most popular apple recipes are the Very Best Gluten-Free Apple Fritter Bread and the Gluten-Free Baked Apple Cider Donuts.

Gluten-free apple pie bars…the perfect treat to celebrate autumn!

 

apple pie bars, gluten-free

 

This apple recipe is one of the simplest gluten-free sweet snacks to make. With the goodness of apples combined with buttery shortbread and crunchy almonds, you know this apple pie bar will be a winner.

The apple pie bar recipe details…

You will love this gluten-free apple recipe because it is not complicated. The aroma of cinnamon apples while baking screams fall deliciousness, so let’s get to it!

 

apple pie dough

 

The entire crust and topping are made easily in a food processor. Begin with adding dry ingredients, toss in the butter and pulse to create coarse crumbs. Then add a couple of eggs and briefly pulse. Done!

 

apple pie crust

 

Some of the dough is pressed in the baking dish and baked. The apple pie dough is used for the crust and the topping, making it soo simple. 

 

apples and cinnamon

 

While the crust is baking, prepare the apples. Using a saucepan, add a tablespoon of butter, apple slices, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla. Cover the saucepan and cook for five minutes. By briefly cooking the apples, they will slightly soften and hold their shape.

Next,

Spread the cinnamon apple slices with their juices over the baked crust and top with remaining crumbled dough. Sprinkle with sliced almonds and some sugar and bake. 

 

apple pie bars in a dish

 

As you can see, the recipe is super easy. However, the hardest thing you will have to do is wait for the apple bars to cool before you can enjoy them.

 

gluten-free apple snack

 

With the buttery crust, a layer of cinnamon apples and crunchy almond topping, these gluten-free apple pie bars will easily become everyone’s favourite fall snack. So let’s bake. Kids especially love this apple treat.

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour, I used this flour
  • 3/4 cups coconut or brown sugar + 1 Tbsp. for topping
  • 1/2 tsp. GF ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. Baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. Sea salt
  • 3/4 cup cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • 2 large eggs, whisked
  • APPLE FILLING
  • 1 Tbsp. Unsalted butter
  • 3 large apples, peeled, cored, thinly sliced (I used honey crisp apples)
  • 1 Tbsp. Sweetener, honey, pure maple syrup, coconut sugar or brown sugar (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp. Pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. GF ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of GF nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds for topping, or you can also use pecans or walnuts
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    Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 F and line a 9 x 9-inch baking dish with parchment paper
  • Add flour, 3/4 cups of sugar, cinnamon, baking soda and salt to a food processor bowl and pulse to combine. Add butter and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add eggs and pulse until the dough just starts to come together
  • Press about 2/3 of the dough into the baking dish and prick with a fork all over. Place in the freezer for 15 minutes, then bake the crust for 20 minutes
  • APPLE FILLING
  • Meanwhile, using a medium saucepan, heat butter over medium heat. Stir in apple slices, sweetener, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. Cover and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring halfway. Set aside
  • Spoon apples with juices over the baked crust, and using your fingers, crumble the remaining dough over the top. Scatter the almonds and the remaining one tablespoon of sugar. Bake for 25 minutes until topping is golden brown. Cool before cutting into bars
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