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…
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!
Oh, and do you want to know how food photography in my house really goes down?
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!
- 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
- 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
- Butter an 8x8 inch baking dish.
- 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.
- Combine pectin and water. Stir into apples. Set aside.
- In a mixing bowl whisk together the gluten-free flour, rolled oats, light-brown sugar, baking soda and salt.
- Melt butter. Stir vanilla extract into melted butter then pour mixture over dry ingredients.
- Using a fork, stir well to evenly coat.
- Press ⅔ of the oat mixture evenly into the bottom of the baking dish.
- Spread apple filling over crust.
- Crumble the rest of the oat mixture over the jam.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown and almost set. The bars will continue to set as they cool.
- Cool. Cut into bars. Enjoy!