Paleo Apple Pie Crumb Bars

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These Paleo Apple Pie Crumb Bars are a delicious fall treat! Caramelized apples are layered on top of a sweet shortbread crust and then topped with an irresistible streusel topping. Gluten free, dairy free, and vegan!

Paleo Apple Pie Crumb Bars

After I made these Paleo Raspberry Crumb Bars I knew I wanted to do an apple version. Apples seem to kind of get looked over sometimes because everyone goes crazy for all things pumpkin. I agree pumpkin is great, but I also love apple desserts. These bars are no exception- they are amazing!

Paleo Apple Pie Crumb Bars made with Golden Barrel Coconut Oil

I bought some apple pie spice last year and absolutely love it! It’s better than just plain cinnamon because it also has fenugreek, lemon peel, ginger, cloves and nutmeg. The combination of those spices is incredible and so warming. It’s also found in the bulk section of seasonings at health food stores. Of course cinnamon can be used in it’s place if you can’t find it.

Paleo Apple Pie Crumb Bars

These bars are so simple to make. The shortbread crust is tried and true and always comes out perfect. Everything is quickly mixed in one bowl, 3/4 of the mixture is pressed into a pan while the remaining 1/4 is saved for the crumb top. While that is baking you make the apple filling. The apples are cooked briefly in a pan before being spread on top of the shortbread, then the crumb topping is added and it is baked again. So easy! Much easier than apple pie I might add 😉

Paleo Apple Pie Crumb Bars

Paleo Apple Pie Crumb Bars

The combination of the soft, melt-in-your-mouth shortbread, the caramelized cinnamon apples, and the crumb topping with a slight crunch makes a perfect bite. These bars will easily be enjoyed by everyone- whether they are paleo or not.

Paleo Apple Pie Crumb Bars

Little Girl Eating Paleo Apple Pie Crumb Bars

These Paleo Apple Pie Crumb Bars have 3 layer of goodness that I know you will love. Like most paleo baked goods- enjoy warm then store leftovers in the fridge.

Hand Holding Paleo Apple Pie Crumb Bars

Paleo Apple Pie Crumb Bars
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Servings Prep Time
9 squares 15 minutes
Cook Time
32 minutes
Servings Prep Time
9 squares 15 minutes
Cook Time
32 minutes
Paleo Apple Pie Crumb Bars
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
9 squares 15 minutes
Cook Time
32 minutes
Servings Prep Time
9 squares 15 minutes
Cook Time
32 minutes
Ingredients
Shortbread Layer
Apple Filling
Crumb Topping
Servings: squares
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350° and line a 9 inch square pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, make the shortbread. Combine the almond flour, coconut flour, coconut oil, maple syrup, and salt. Mix until well combined. Divide the dough into 4th's and use press 3/4 into the bottom of the pan and save the remaining 1/4 in a small bowl for the topping.
  3. Bake shortbread for 12-14 minutes- it should be lightly brown around the edges.
  4. While the shortbread bakes, make the apple layer. Place apples in a medium bowl and add apple pie spice, salt, and arrowroot powder. Toss to coat evenly. Dump into a small saucepan and add the maple syrup. Cook on medium heat, stirring the whole time, until thickened- about 5-7 minutes.
  5. Once shortbread is baked, remove and let cool 5 minutes. Then scoop the apple mixture onto the shortbread, spreading it as evenly as possible.
  6. Take remaining 1/4 of the shortbread mixture and add the pecans and apple pie spice. Mix together and sprinkle evenly over the apple mixture. Press down slightly so it stays in place.
  7. Bake for 20-22 minutes. Enjoy warm and store all leftovers in the fridge.
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Jessica DeMay
Jessica is a self taught cook/baker from Michigan who enjoys local farmers markets, baking competitions, and kayaking with her husband. She specializes in Paleo and other desirable recipes that can be seen over on her own food blog.

8 Responses

  1. Heck to the yes. This is the perfect little fall treat– definitely saving this one! Cannot wait for fall to hit in full force so I can put all of these amazing baking recipes to use!

  2. Just finished making this recipe and they are delicious!!! Had to bake them for 28 min to get crumble on top to be right but they are so good!

  3. Can tapioca starch be used in place of arrowroot powder?

  4. Do you think this recipe could be made into individual bites using a silicone mold? I like to make bite size desserts and in order to ensure consistency in size i typically use a 2inch by 2inch mold. Will the dessert fall apart when I try to get them out of the molds?

    • Jessica DeMay

      Hi Tabetha- I can’t say for sure. If you do try it I would suggest letting it cool completely before removing it. I don’t use silicon molds ever so I can’t say how great they are with removing. Maybe just grease the molds first, chop the apples a little smaller, and be super careful when removing. I think it may be okay. I hope that helps!

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