Vegan Apple Pie Bars – Vegan Richa


These Vegan Apple Pie Bars come together so quickly and easily. Almond Butter in crust and crumble topping helps keep these Oilfree and make these taste extra special.  Options for Glutenfree and Nutfree

a stack of vegan apple pie crumble bars

There is nothing like the scent of apple pie baking and cooling in the kitchen. But if you’re like me, sometimes one does not feel like going through the whole process of making pie crust, chilling it, and rolling it out, making sure everything looks pretty then These homemade Apple pie bars are my easy solution for those urgent apple pie cravings!

These Vegan Apple Pie Bars are much easier to make than making a whole pie and are the perfect way to feed a crowd on a budget. They have all the sweet cinnamon flavors of an All-American apple pie but come in hand-held form!

vegan apple pie crumble bars stacked on a plate

For these vegan apple crumble pie bars , thr dough you make for the crust doubles as the crumb topping. You could even transform them into caramel apple pie bars should you want to make them extra special. Just use my vegan coconut caramel.

overhead shot of vegan apple pie crumble bars

Why you’ll love these Apple pie bars!

  • They are easy and perfect snack size
  • you don’t need to make a perfect pie dough. The dough is pressed into a loaf pan and works out fine even with a bit less or more binding
  • there is no added oil
  • It makes a small portion to help with portion control
  • These bars satisfy all the pie cravings!

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Vegan Apple Pie Bars

These Vegan Apple Pie Bars come together so quickly and easily. Almond Butter in crust and crumble topping make these taste extra special.  Options for Glutenfree and Nutfree 

Prep Time20 mins

Cook Time45 mins

Total Time1 hr 5 mins

Course: Dessert

Cuisine: American

Keyword: vegan apple bars, vegan apple pie bars

Servings: 8

Calories: 164kcal

Author: Vegan Richa

Ingredients

For the crust and the crumb:

  • 3/4 cup (93.75 g) all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3-4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract optional
  • 1/3 cup (85 g) plus 1-2 tablespoons smooth almond butter
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup

For the apple layer:

  • 1 large honey crisp apple thinly sliced or about 2 cups of thinly sliced apples or you can chop them into small pieces instead
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  • Make the crust: In a bowl, add the flour, salt, baking powder, and sugar and mix really well.

  • Then warm up 1/3 cup of the almond butter and add it along with the vanilla extract. Then mix using fork or your hands until the mixture is somewhere crumbly and when you press the mixture in your hand, it kind of stays together a little bit.

  • If it is too floury, then add in 1-2 tablespoons more almond butter. You can also use 1-2 teaspoons of non-dairy milk in this crust mixture if it’s too crumbly.

  • Transfer half of this mixture to a parchment-lined 9 x 5 inch baking dish or loaf pan.

  • Press it down until even. Once pressed, set this loaf pan aside.

  • Make the filling: In a bowl, add the apple, maple syrup, sugar, zest of a lemon, cornstarch, and cinnamon and toss well to coat.

  • Transfer these apples to the crust and even it out so that there are no pockets of space between apples.

  • To the rest of the crust mixture, add in 2-4 teaspoons of maple syrup and then add more as needed. Mix until the mixture becomes like a muffin crumb topping kind of mixture.

  • Then top the apples with this mixture and spread evenly. Bake at 365 degrees Fahrenheit (185 c) for a total of 40 to 45 minutes. Top the loaf pan with parchment after the first 25 minutes so that the crumb does not brown too much.

  • Then remove from the oven. Let it cool in the pan for 10 minutes then remove from the pan. Slice and serve.

Notes

For the optional icing, take a 1/4 cup of powdered sugar. Add in a teaspoon or more water or non-dairy milk and mix in until icing consistency then drizzle all over.

  • Nutfree: use 3 tablespoons softened butter, 2 teaspoons flax meal mixed in 1.5 tablespoons water and mix in. Of the mix is not sticking together, add maple syrup 1 teaspoon at a time.
  • Gluten-free: Use a mix of 1/3 cup almond flour,  1/3 cup oat flour(or a gf blend), 3 tablespoons potato starch(or other starch) instead of all purpose flour

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts

Vegan Apple Pie Bars

Amount Per Serving

Calories 164
Calories from Fat 54

% Daily Value*

Fat 6g9%

Saturated Fat 1g6%

Sodium 76mg3%

Potassium 154mg4%

Carbohydrates 26g9%

Fiber 2g8%

Sugar 13g14%

Protein 3g6%

Vitamin A 13IU0%

Vitamin C 1mg1%

Calcium 62mg6%

Iron 1mg6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Ingredients:

  • the base and crumble topping are made with all purpose flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and vanilla extract
  • smooth almond butter is used instead of butter or oil and lends the crust a nutty taste you will love
  • maple syrup is added for sweetness
  • for the apples, I like honey crisp as they are sweet and, well, crisp
  • the filling is sweetened with maple syrup and brown sugar
  • lemon zest adds freshness to the filling
  • cornstarch thickens the filling you can use tapioca or arrowroot as well
  • cinnamon is a must-add in. If you want, add some apple pie spice

Tips:

  • other great baking apples you could use here: Braeburn Jonagold and Gala
  • for some extra“crunch”, try sprinkling a tablespoon or two of turbinado sugar over the crumble topping right before baking
  • If you want, add some chopped walnuts or hazelnuts to the crumble topping
  • Nutfree: use 3 tablespoons softened butter, 2 teaspoons flax meal mixed in 1.5 tablespoons water and mix in. Of the mix is not sticking together, add maple syrup 1 teaspoon at a time.
  • Gluten-free: Use a mix of 1/3 cup almond flour,  1/3 cup oat flour(or a gf blend), 3 tablespoons potato starch(or other starch) instead of all purpose flour

ingredients for apple pie bars

How to make Vegan Apple Pie Crumble Bars:

Make the crust: In a bowl, add the flour, salt, baking powder, and sugar and mix really well.

almond butter being mixed into dry crumble crust ingredients

Then warm up 1/3 cup of the almond butter and add it along with the vanilla extract. Then mix using a fork or your hands until the mixture is somewhere crumbly and when you press the mixture in your hand, it kind of stays together a little bit.

crust ingredients being combined in a white bowl

If it is too floury, then add in 1-2 tablespoons more almond butter.You can also use 1-2 teaspoons of non-dairy milk in this crust mixture if it’s too crumbly.

vegan apple pie bars crust in a white bowl

Transfer half of this mixture to a parchment-lined 9 x 5-inch baking dish or loaf pan. Press it down until even. Once pressed, set this loaf pan aside.

vegan apple pie crust being pressed in a baking dish

In a bowl, add the apple, maple syrup, sugar, zest of a lemon , cornstarch, and cinnamon and toss well to coat.

apple slices in a glass bowl being mixed with brown sugar and cornstarch

apple pie bar filling in a glass bowl

Transfer these apples to the crust and even it out so that there aren’t pockets of too much space between apples.

apple slices being added to crust to make vegan apple pie cars

To the rest of the crust mixture, add in 2-4 teaspoons of maple syrup or one tablespoon maple syrup and then add more as needed.

Mix until the mixture becomes like a crumb muffin, crumb topping kind of mixture.

crumble topping for apple pie bars

crumble topping for apple pie bars in a white bowl

Then top the apples with this mixture and spread evenly. Bake at 365 degrees Fahrenheit (185c) for a total of 40 to 45 minutes.

apple pie crumble bars in a baking pan

Top this loaf pan with parchment after the first 25 minutes so that the crumb does not brown too much.

Then remove from the oven. Let it cool in the pan for 10 minutes then remove from the pan. Slice and serve.

freshly baked vegan apple pie bars on a marble countertop

Make an icing

You can also add icing on top before serving.

For the icing, take a 1/4 cup of powdered sugar. Add in a teaspoon or more water or non-dairy milk and mix in until icing consistency then drizzle all over.

Storage:

These bars are best the day they are made, but they can be refrigerated for up to 2 days. Or, they can be frozen immediately after cooling

 

stacked vegan apple pie bars against a black background

 

 



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