Apple Pie Bars

The aroma of apples and cinnamon baking is an absolute favorite! I am preparing Thanksgiving dessert and I am quite excited! This year I wanted to include a dessert with an apple pie flare of some sort. I checked the box with these bars!

They are so simple to make, yet absolutely delicious!

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Apple Pie Bars

Crust

1.5 c. pecans
1/2 c. shredded coconut
1/4 c. honey (or sub maple syrup or Medjool dates to make vegan)
1 t. vanilla bean powder (or sub vanilla extract)
1/4 t. cinnamon
1/4 t. sea salt
1/2 T. water (at end)

Apple Layer

3 apples (chopped-I used the food processor)
1/8 c. honey
1/8 c. water
2 t. cinnamon
1/4 t. sea salt

Top Layer

1 c. almond flour
1/2 c. shredded coconut
2 T. melted coconut oil
1/4 t. almond extract
1 t. vanilla bean powder
1 t. cinnamon
2 T. honey

Start by preheating the oven to 350F. For the crust, add the pecans and shredded coconut to a food process and pulse to combine (you don’t want a smooth flour but a crumbly texture). Add the remaining ingredients except for the water an pulse to combine. If the dough does not form, then add a half tablespoon of water. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and evenly press the dough into a large square using moistened hands (so the dough doesn’t stick to you). I created a very thin layer, about a 1/4 of inch thick. Bake at 350 for about 7 or so minutes, checking the last minutes so the edges don’t burn.

Next, cut the apple slices (I used Fuji apples) and prep the food processor. Use the thin slicing disc on your food processor and feed the apples (may need to cut lengthwise for slices to fit) through opening. Once sliced, add the apples to a medium-sized pot. Add the honey, water, cinnamon and sea salt and evenly stir the mixture. Place a lid on the pot and bring the liquid to a boil, then reduce heat and let simmer for about 10 minutes. Take the lid off the pot and allow most of the liquid to cook out of the bottom of the pot. Set aside.

For the crumble, melt the coconut oil then add it to a bowl along with the honey, vanilla, cinnamon and almond extract. Then, add the almond flour and coconut flakes. Stir mixture to combine well.

Once the crust has baked, add the apples to the top, spreading evenly. Sprinkle the almond flour mixture on top of the apple layer. Bake at 350F for about 8-10 minutes, checking the last couple minutes so the top layer doesn’t burn.

Allow to cool, then serve warm or you can cut the bars and refrigerate. They are delicious both warm and cold! You may also want to enjoy them with a scoop of whip topping. I used So Delicious Coconut Whip Topping in the picture.

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I hope you have a fabulous Thanksgiving week and enjoy a beautiful holiday with family and friends, creating many memories that will warm your heart for years to come.

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