Why I love this apple pie bar recipe
I’m a huge fan of easy desserts. If it comes in brownie or bar form, I’m all in. If you can make them even easier with only five ingredients, even better. That’s what I did when I made my cranberry shortbread streusal bars last year, and they were a hit in our house.
While they’re a great option for using up leftover cranberry sauce after Thanksgiving, I am still in apple mode right now. Mostly because my daughter’s school just had an apple fundraiser and I have two 5 pound bags of apples to use.
Here’s what you’ll need to make it:
Go for green apples. This year, I got 1 bag of honeycrisps and one bag of cortlands, and I have big apple-baking plans. I intend to bake with every single green apple I get because they’re the best choice for baking. The tartness really holds up well and turns just-sweet-enough in the oven.
How to make apple pie bars
First, make the crust. Combine your ingredients in a food processor . Blend or pulse until a dough forms. Remove the dough and press it into your baking dish. You can line the dish with parchment paper if you want, but there should be enough fat in the crust to prevent it from sticking (just like pie crust).
Second, prepare the apple filling. You want to make sure your apples are diced pretty small here. You can peel them if you want, but I like the extra flavor they add to the bars, and I’m way too lazy to bother peeling. Place the filling ingredients in a bowl and stir to evenly coat the apples in sugar and cornstarch. Top you crust with the apple mixture.
Next, make a crumb topping. Add your ingredients to food processor and pulse until a small crumb-like texture forms. Make sure your granola is dairy free. I bought Cascadian Farm Organic this time, but all you have to do is read the label to see if milk (or any milk derivatives are listed). Sprinkle streusel topping over your apples.
Bake them. Bake your bars at 375˚F for about 40 minutes. Your crumb topping should be slightly golden and your should see a little bubbling of the apple juices beneath the crumb topping and around the edges.
FAQS and tips for making apple bars
More apple recipes:
More dessert recipes you’ll love:
- Chocolate peanut butter banana milkshake
- Ginger peach galette
- Blueberry crumble pie
- Vegan banana pudding
You only need a few simple ingredients to make these dairy free apple pie bars with streusel topping. They’re vegan, too!
For the crust:
- 12 tablespoons vegan butter
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
For the apple filling:
- 6 apples, chopped
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
For the crumb topping:
- 6 tablespoons vegan butter
- 1 cup granola*
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 375˚F.
- In a food processor , blend crust ingredients until a dough forms. Remove from bowl and press into an 9×13-inch baking dish.
- Combine filling ingredients in a large bowl and stir to combine. Pour over crust.
- In a food processor , combine crumb topping ingredients. Blend until a small crumb forms. Crumble evenly over apple filling.
- Bake for 40 minutes. Remove from oven and allow bars to cool completely before removing from pan and slicing.
*Be sure to use dairy free granola.
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