Gluten-Free Apple Pie Squares with Almond Butter Caramel
If you love a good old-fashioned apple pie but want to keep it simple, try these Gluten-Free Apple Pie Squares with Almond Butter Caramel. The buttery crust is made with oats, a layer of apple cinnamon filling, a perfect crumble and creamy almond butter caramel…need I say more?
These squares truly are one of the tastiest, mouth watering, delicious apple squares I have tasted. The squares are made up of four layers, the crust, the apple pie filling, the crumble and the insanely delightful almond butter caramel. Soo good! Vegan option included.
If there is one thing I love paired is, cinnamon apples with butter oats. They are meant to be together. Add a creamy almond butter caramel and the gluten-free apple pie squares with almond butter caramel are life changing.
it’s all in the details…
To start, you will need to make the apple pie filling. It’s pretty simple. Peel and chop apples, add them to a saucepan with butter, maple syrup, vanilla, fresh lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg and a couple of teaspoons of starch. I used tapioca starch. Mix everything, bring to a simmer and cover. Remove the saucepan from the stove and allow the apples to soften.
In this apple pie square recipe, I chopped the apples instead of slicing them thinly. The reason for this is, when you take a bite, you will taste apples and not apple sauce. Also, the crumble falls perfectly between the apple chunks.
Make the crust and crumble. Both are made from the same mixture. Simple, add everything in a food processor, pulse a few times and done! Most of the crust/crumble mixture is lightly pressed in the pan before adding the softened cinnamon apples.
Now that you have the crust ready spread the cinnamon apple mixture over the crust and sprinkle with the remaining crumble. Pop it in the oven for about 35 minutes and then cool.
the creamy almond butter caramel…
Yes, this is where this gluten-free apple pie square recipe shines from most. To make the almond butter caramel is sooo easy. Place the four ingredients, almond butter, butter, pure maple syrup and vanilla, in a small bowl and microwave for about 25 seconds. The creamy, butter caramel will soften so that you can drizzle it over the squares.
You may think there are so many steps, and this looks so complicated. Trust me, the recipe is super simple. It took me 15 minutes to put this apple pie square recipe together. You will love it!
apple pie squares – pros and cons…
Before I develop recipes, I always think of keeping them healthy on some level. After all…we are what we eat! So same goes for this gluten-free recipe. Using ingredients such as oats, apples, and maple syrup will give you an indication that this apple pie square recipe is on the healthier side.
Oats are one of those foods that we should all include in our diet. When following a gluten-free diet, it is vital to buy certified gluten-free oats. We know that oats are naturally gluten-free, but if oats are grown next to wheat fields, they may contain gluten. When using certified gluten-free oats, they are tested and certified that they are free of gluten.
Oats are delicious, super nutritious, protein-packed, they are rich in antioxidants, and the oats can improve blood sugar control. But even more importantly, they contain a soluble fiber called beta-glucan. As per research, beta-glucan can slow the development of some cancers.
I don’t need to talk too much about apples. Have you heard the expression, an apple a day keeps the doctor away? Well, it is true. Why, you ask? First apples are delicious, and there is nothing tastier than a fresh crispy apple, like the ones I used in this apple pie square recipe.
For me, it is like candy. Have you tried to make apple cinnamon chips? They are super healthy and so addictive. YUM
Apples are highly nutritious and fiber-rich. Apples are also linked to a lower risk of diabetes, and they may help prevent some cancers, help fight asthma, and promote good gut bacteria.
I can think of only one! You can’t stop eating them 🙂
how to serve apple pie squares with almond butter caramel…
First, they should be stored in a refrigerator for freshness. You can enjoy them straight out of the fridge or at room temperature. If you like warm apples, pop them in the microwave for about 15 seconds and add a dollop of vanilla bean ice cream. Yes…it doesn’t get any more delicious than this —total and complete perfection. Enjoy!
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