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These paleo apple pie bars are perfect for fall holidays, or just a fun weekend treat! They’re grain free, as well as AIP and vegan.

Paleo Apple Pie Bars

I’m not going to lie, I don’t love making pie crust from scratch. It’s just never been much of my thing. I was spoiled with store-bought pie crusts when I was eating grains, and I just never got into making grain free pie crusts. I thought I would just get by without it until I realized how much my blog was really lacking a pie presence! So I decided to go for the best of both worlds with apple pie bars!

These apple pie bars are much easier than making a traditional apple pie with a lattice. Not only does it save time when you’re trying to prep for a busy holiday dinner, but it just leaves less room for fuss! No rolling a dough, no slicing up a lattice, and way less room for error. Yes, please!

Not only are these apple pie bars easy to make, but they appease do many different diet restrictions. If you have gluten-free, nut free and vegan folks coming to your fall and winter gatherings, these apple pie bars are perfect. They’re egg free, grain free, nut free and dairy free, but are still made with real food ingredients. No fake fats, no weird processed sugars, just all the real stuff!

Paleo apple pie bars

Along with the apple pie bars themselves, this recipe also features an optional vegan caramel sauce. It really ups the sweetness factor in these bars and maybe a bit too sweet for some who are used to less sweet desserts, but it’s undeniably delicious.

Paleo apple pie bars

The Ingredients You’ll Need For the Paleo Apple Pie Bars

Tigernut flour

Tigernut flour is one of my favorite grain-free flours! It’s very similar to almond flour (it’s not a nut, but a tuber) and it works great in this recipe.

Tapioca Starch

Tapioca starch is a great binder in recipes like this. You can buy it online and find it in most health food stores.

Apples

The apples are the star of the show here! I used pink lady apples, as they’re a great mix of sweet and tart.

Coconut oil and coconut butter

Coconut oil and coconut butter are great for making the crust slightly creamy and delicious. Coconut butter is also known as coconut cream concentrate and can be found online and in most health food stores.

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Paleo Apple Pie Bars (AIP, Vegan)


  • Author: Michelle
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 45
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 9 servings
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: oven
  • Cuisine: American

Description

These apple pie bars are the perfect paleo fall treat!


Ingredients

For the apple filling

  • 3 cups pink lady apple, chopped
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 2 tsp arrowroot starch
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • Juice of half a lemon

For the crust 

For the optional caramel sauce


Instructions

For the apple pie bars

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F and line a 9×9″ baking pan with parchment paper
  2. Using a saucepan, combine the apple filling ingredients and set over medium heat. Stir to combine and simmer for 5-8 minutes (stirring often) or until the apples soften. Set aside.
  3. For the crust, combine the dry ingredients and mix until well incorporated. Stir in the wet ingredients and stir until the dough is fully combined.
  4. Using the square baking sheet, flatten the majority of the crust onto the bottom of the pan until it’s evenly thin. You’ll save about 3 tbsp of the crust dough for the topping.
  5. Par-bake the crust in the oven for 8 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  6. Layer the apple filling on top of the crust and evenly distribute. Crumble the remainder of the crust topping over the apples and slightly flatten it.
  7. Bake the bars in the oven for another 25-30 minutes or until the crust topping is golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for about 5 minutes before carefully removing from the pan. Allow to cool further and slice into 9 bars. Top with optional caramel sauce and compliant ice cream if desired.

For the optional caramel sauce 

  1. Combine the coconut cream, sugar, and salt in a saucepan over medium heat and stir to combine. Bring to a low boil, and reduce to a low simmer, stirring often. Simmer for about 10 minutes, or until the caramel is reduced and browned.

Notes

  1. It’s best to melt the coconut butter using a double boiler method. Do not microwave coconut butter or it will burn.

Keywords: apple pie, paleo apple pie

Paleo apple pie bars