Paleo Apple Crumble Bars
Published Sep 18, 2019 Updated Nov 05, 2020
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Fall is peeking around the corner and all I want to do is light all my fall candles and bake. In my opinion, fall is the best time of the year and always brings with it amazing food and smells. My new Paleo Apple Crumble Bars are out of this world amazing. They are sticky, sweet and the perfect fall dessert.
The crust is fabulous and is my go to crust for all my baking needs. You seriously won’t even believe it is gluten free and Paleo and can even be tailored to Keto. I mix almond flour, pecans, maple syrup, arrowroot, salt, vanilla and ghee. It might seem super simple, but it is seriously so dang good. If you want to make this keto, simply remove the maple syrup and use monk fruit syrup, that is keto compliant.
The apple filling for these bars is so simple, yet full of flavor. It is only peeled apples, maple syrup, coconut sugar, water, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and lemon juice. To thicken the filling, I used arrowroot flour and it gave it the perfect gooey consistency.
My favorite part of this recipe is the crumble top. It gives the bars the perfect texture and crunch. I used pecans, salt, cinnamon almond flour and maple syrup and combined using a food processor. In addition to this recipe, I also like using this crumble recipe to add to yogurt or smoothie bowls. It. Is. So. GOOD!!!
Serving warm with dairy free ice cream makes this the perfect fall recipe and even an amazing Thanksgiving dessert. I have an amazing dairy free vanilla bean ice cream recipe if you are looking. Click Here to grab it.
Ingredients needed for this recipe:
- Coconut sugar or Monk Fruit Sweetener
- Maple syrup
- Arrowroot flour
- Vanilla extract
- Lemon juice
- Almond flour
How long can you store these Paleo Apple Crumble Bars?
Probably not long because you will be tempted to eat them all in one sitting. If you have will power you can store these in aluminum foil or an air tight container for up to 2 weeks. You can add to the fridge or even leave them out at room temperature. I recommend heating up in the microwave for 30 seconds before serving. It taste pretty close to warm apple pie!!!
Can you make these Paleo Apple Crumble Bars Keto compliant also?
Apple is pretty high in carbs, so it isn’t really doable to create this recipe to fit perfectly in the Keto framework. However, if you are looking to make this lower sugar and lower in carbs, feel free to swap out for low carb and low sugar sweeteners of choice. Below are my favorite all natural sweeteners low in sugar.
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Apple Crumble Bars
These Apple Crumble Bars are the perfect warm, sticky and sweet treat for fall. Made with simple and clean ingredients it is perfect for Paleo . Gluten free and Dairy Free living.
- Total Time: 0 minute
- Yield: 9 bars 1x
- 3 1/2 cups chopped apples, peeled (or 3 medium apples)
- 1 1/2 tbsp coconut sugar or Monk Fruit Sweetener
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 tsp arrowroot flour
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- 2 cups almond flour
- 2 tbsp arrowroot flour
- 1/4 cup pecans
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp melted ghee
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup pecans
- 2 tbsp almond flour
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- pinch salt
- pinch cinnamon
- Prepare a 9×9 baking pan with cooking spray or parchment paper and preheat the oven to 375F
- Heat a sauce pan over medium heat. Peel and chop apples.
- In the sauce pan add all the ingredients except for the arrowroot flour to the pan and stir with a spoon. Allow mixture to heat for 3 minutes, then add the arrowroot flour, stir until combined and cook until the mixture becomes thick.
- In a food processor, add all of the ingredients for the crust and process until mixture becomes a dough consistency.
- Transfer the dough to the baking pan and spread out until it covers the bottom of the pan completely. Pour the apple filling over the top of the dough and spread out until there is an even layer.
- In the food processor, add the crumble ingredients and pulse until it becomes a crumble texture. Spread evenly over the apple filling and transfer to the oven.
- Cook for 20-25 minutes or until the top is browned and middle is set.
- Serve with dairy free vanilla ice cream and enjoy. (see notes for my keto and dairy free recipe)
- If you are looking to make this lower sugar, feel free to swap out for low carb and low sugar sweeteners of choice. Stevia or Monk Fruit Sweeteners.
- Click here for my Dairy Free and Keto Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
- Prep Time: 10-15 minutes
- Cook Time: 20-25 minutes
- Category: Breakfast, Dessert
Could I use tapioca flour instead of arrowroot flour in this recipe?
These bars are heavenly!!!
Wow! What a great thing to hear…thank you 😉
My family really enjoyed this recipe. I’ve also started just making the apple mixture and serving it like buttery stewed apples . (Lazy dessert) My husband asks for the apples regularly.
I made these for the first time a few weeks ago, so good! My family also enjoyed them! Thank you for sharing all of your amazing recipes!
So delicious! The pecans add so much flavor to this recipe. I could eat it all by myself!
I am so happy to hear this. Thank you for giving them a try!
This was amazing! Really good. So good that I’ve made it twice this week! The first time I made it in a glass dish and the base didn’t set (still tasted great though). Second time I made it in a steel pan and it turned out perfect. Thanks!
Turned out great! Perfectly sweet with just enough saucy-ness. Works well with pears too!
Run. Go make these, right now! This will be replacing Apple Pie on my Thanksgiving table this year.
I was able to make this during my workday (working from home), get it in the oven, clean up my dishes, all within 45 minutes. I can’t believe how quickly it came together, how easy it was, and more importantly, how amazing it is!!
I am not a fan of Ghee so substituted Coconut Oil. I also didn’t have Arrowroot but had Tapioca so subsided that as well. Using the measurements in the recipe.
The hardest part was waiting for it to cool so I could get it out of the pan and try it.
This makes my heart so happy. Thanks Kelly
One of my FAV paleo recipes to bake! I’m a huge dessert fan and a missed a lot of the classics when I changed my diet. I actually was not a fan of apple based desserts (ESP apple pie) pre-paleo and this recipe has completely changed my mind! Its so easy and I always go back to it. I’ve made it for myself and even taken it to parties where many non-paleo friends were shocked by how great it was and were going back for seconds!! I’m so lazy most times I actually skip the crumble portion and just follow the crust + filling and it’s still delightful.
Aww this is such an uplifting feedback Munira. Thank you so much for connecting with me regarding the Paleo Apple Crumble Bars. Thrilled to hear they were a hit. Happy eating friend.