Gooey Apple Crisp Oat Bars

Apple Pie Oat Bars

Is this not the most delicious looking fall treat? I just love baking this time of year!

Last weekend I picked up 12 bags of apples from the orchard. I like to buy the “utility” apples, which may have some bumps or bruises, but are perfect for making applesauce or just general baking (apple crisp bars anyone?). The bags I buy are only $2.00 a bag so it’s a great deal! Here….see…

Apple Pie Oat Bars

I will be making lots of applesauce this afternoon. I love homemade applesauce!

But back to these apple pie bars. These are really just a spin on my Strawberry Oat Bars. They are so versatile. And easy! Only one bowl here friends. (Well, and a pan, for the filling!) The same dough is used for both the crust and topping, so these come together quickly.

They are so moist and delicious. And gluten-free of course! They’re very soft, so eat them with a fork. Even better, al la mode!

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Oh, and do you want to know how food photography in my house really goes down?

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That would be my lovely little 3-year-old snagging an apple up there. She’s so sweet. I let her have the apple;-) I hope you are enjoying this beautiful fall season. Happy baking!

Gluten-Free Gooey Apple Crisp Oat Bars
 
Savor the season with these delicious Apple Crisp Oat Bars!
Ingredients
  • FILLING:
  • 8 medium apples, peeled cored and sliced
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup cider
  • 3 tablespoons of pectin + 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch salt
  • CRUST-TOPPING:
  • 1 cup gluten-free flour blend
  • 1 cup rolled oats (certified gf if needed)
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 10 tablespoons butter (or substitute)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. Butter an 8x8 inch baking dish.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine apples, maple syrup and cider and cinnamon. Cook over medium heat for 20 minutes, or until softened. Remove from heat.
  3. Combine pectin and water. Stir into apples. Set aside.
  4. In a mixing bowl whisk together the gluten-free flour, rolled oats, light-brown sugar, baking soda and salt.
  5. Melt butter. Stir vanilla extract into melted butter then pour mixture over dry ingredients.
  6. Using a fork, stir well to evenly coat.
  7. Press ⅔ of the oat mixture evenly into the bottom of the baking dish.
  8. Spread apple filling over crust.
  9. Crumble the rest of the oat mixture over the jam.
  10. Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown and almost set. The bars will continue to set as they cool.
  11. Cool. Cut into bars. Enjoy!

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