I had several apples laying around this weekend that were either going to get used up or have to be thrown out. So I decided to use them….
I wanted to try something new with them. Instead of making apple pie or a regular apple crisp I wanted to try to make a bar with them. Thinking that the kids could grab them and go. This is a relatively easy recipe to make and it was a hit with my kids, which was my goal.
Quick and easy to make from scratch. The recipe used a basic shortbread crust topped with apple slices and an easy crisp on top.
This recipe had my house smelling like sweet apple pie. Although, summer is upon us it made me feel like fall was in the air – it was also around 40 degrees here this morning so it seemed a bit like fall outside.
These bars are a good grab and go, easy to warm up over ice cream, eat cold for breakfast or a quick little snack.
Most of what you will need to make this recipe you will have in your pantry already.
Here’s what you’ll need:
For the shortbread crust:
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temp
- 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, gluten free
- 1 1/4 cup all purpose gluten free flour
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Using an 8×8 pan, line it with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray. In a large mixer bowl, beat together butter and brown sugar until well combined and fluffy. Add vanilla. Add flour and mix until the the mixtures comes together well, basically a dough forms and isn’t real crumbly.
Press the dough evenly into the pan and bake for 14-15 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside while you finish making the rest of the apple bar mixture. Leave oven on at 350.
For the apple filling:
- 6-8 gala apples peeled, cored, and sliced (or whatever you have on hand) mine were on the smaller side so I could use quite a few apples
- 2 tbsp gluten free flour
- 1/4 cup Monkfruit sugar (sugar substitute, you can absolutely use real sugar if you prefer)
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon (optional)
- sprinkle of nutmeg (optional)
Peel, core, and slice apples. Place in a large bowl and sprinkle the flour and sugar over the apples. I like to add a little cinnamon and nutmeg to mine too (totally optional). Mix well to combine and coat the apples with the flour and sugar mixture.
For the crisp topping:
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup Monkfruit sugar
- 3/4 cup gluten free all purpose flour
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 6 tbsp cold butter cut into small cubes
Add all ingredients into a large bowl, adding the butter last. Using a pastry cutter, mix the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles a crumbly meal. Spread over the top of the apples evenly and bake at 350 for 45-60 minutes. Until the top is golden and bubbly.
Try it out…it’s a great little snack.