These paleo apple pie bars are the most incredible dessert! They have a flaky shortbread crust, a cinnamon spiced apple pie layer and are topped with a rich and creamy caramel sauce. They are the perfect fall treat that are gluten free, dairy free and vegan!
Paleo Apple Pie Bars Recipe
Why these are the best paleo apple pie bars:
- They are so delicious! They taste just like a classic apple pie but are so much easier to make. They have a flaky shortbread crust, a cinnamon spiced apple pie layer and are then drizzled in the best rich and creamy caramel!
- They really are the perfect fall dessert. They can be served warm or cold and keep really well in the fridge if you want to save some for later.
- Besides being paleo these bars are also gluten free, dairy free and vegan!
Key ingredients for these paleo apple pie bars:
- Almond flour – one of my favourite gluten free flours!
- Coconut flour – to give the crust a nice crumbly texture
- Coconut oil – my favourite oil for baking
- Honey or maple syrup (use maple syrup for vegan)
- Vanilla extract – this is my favourite kind
- Sea salt
- Ground cinnamon
- Cashew butter – this brand of raw cashew butter is the one I use and love
Tips for making these apple pie bars:
- If you don’t feel like peeling the apples you don’t have to!
- Instead of cashew butter you can use almond butter or sunflower seed butter
- I recommend storing these bars in the fridge once they’ve been cooked
- These bars can be served warm or cold
How to serve these apple bars:
You can serve them as is, either warm or cold, but if you want to take them up a notch consider serving them with:
- Dairy free vanilla ice cream
- Dairy free vanilla yogurt
- Coconut whipped cream – learn how to make it here
Frequently asked questions:
Any type of sweet red apple will do. Some of my favourites are Gala, Honey Crisp and Pink Lady.
If you can’t have almond flour I would use cashew flour instead.
Yes! As long as you use maple syrup to sweeten them they are! I kept them egg free for this reason.
Other desserts you will love:
- Turtle Bars
- Paleo Blueberry Cheesecake
- Paleo Chocolate Donuts
- Paleo Lemon Cranberry Bars
- Paleo Brownies with Caramel
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Paleo Apple Pie Bars
These paleo apple pie bars are incredibly delicious! With a shortbread crust, apple pie layer and drizzled in caramel you are going to love these! They're also vegan, gluten free and dairy free.
Shortbread Crust Ingredients
Apple Layer Ingredients
Shortbread Layer Instructions
Preheat your oven to 350F
Add all the crust ingredients to a bowl and blend well with a spoon or fork
Line an 8" x 8" glass baking dish with parchment paper and transfer the dough to the pan and press down with a spoon until you have an even layer
Place the pan in the oven and bake for 12-14 minutes, until the edges are golden
While the crust is baking, you can start making the other layers
Apple Layer Instructions
Place a pot or largepan on the stove on medium heat and add the coconut oil. Once the oil is melted, add the other ingredients
Cook for 5-10 minutes, stirring frequently, until the apples are the consistency you desire
Caramel Layer Instructions
Place all the ingredients into a large bowl and stir well until it's smooth
Pour approximately 3/4 of the caramel over the shortbread crust, and spread evenly until smooth
Using a slotted spoon, spoon the apples over the caramel
Drizzle the remaining caramel sauce over the apples
Place the pan in the freezer for 1-2 hours, until the caramel hardens
Cut the bars into pieces and enjoy!
- You don’t have to peel the apples if you don’t want to
- If you don’t have cashew butter you can use almond butter or sunflower seed butter instead
- You can use any type of sweet red apple for this recipe. My favourites are Honey Crisp, Gala and Pink Lady
- I recommend storing these bars in the fridge
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