Gluten Free Apple Pie Bars

Just in time for Thanksgiving, these paleo and gluten free apple pie bars will please everyone at your table! They are much easier to make than apple pie and are perfect served hot or cold and even better with a scoop of ice cream!

stack of three gluten free apple pie bars on parchment paper and cooling rack

With Thanksgiving fast approaching and a brother-in-law who wants apple pie and a husband who wants pecan pie, I decided I needed to make a compromise. Pat will most definitely be getting his requested pecan pie, but two entire pies is too much for me to make. 

Sorry brother-in-law.

But in all honesty, I am way more into this ‘compromise’ than Pat’s traditional pie. So, sorry not sorry.

GLUTEN FREE APPLE PIE BARS

overhead shot of paleo apple pie with cinnamon sticks and granola

I am so in love with these apple pie bars! Gosh, I cannot even begin to explain it. They have a wonderfully dense, but flaky crust, a to die for caramel-y (minus the heavy creamy and sugar!) apple layer, and a crunchy cinnamon-y nutty topping. YUM.

Plus, they are beyond easy to make – thank you food processor! And they’re topped with a personal favorite product – Hungry by Nature granola!!

And they are totally allergy friendly – paleo and gluten free. Plus if you are vegan, you can sub out the grass-fed butter for vegan butter!

gluten free apple pie crust in food processor

gluten free apple pie crust

Ingredients you need to make this paleo and gluten free apple pie recipe…

The crust is made from cassava Flour. Have you used cassava flour before? (PS. This is my go-to brand.) Cassava is a root vegetable, also known as yuca, that is grown in South America, Asia and Africa. It is starchy and high in carbohydrates, similar to yams, potatoes, and plaintains.

Because of all of these incredible qualities, cassava, and by extension cassava flour, is gluten and grain free, paleo, nut-free, vegan and vegetarian.

In addition to the cassava flour, the crust is slightly sweetened with coconut sugar. And there is also a pinch of salt and grass-fed butter

paleo apple pie filling ingredients

Onto the Gluten Free Apple Pie Filling

OMG do you see that caramel-y apple goodness?!

The apple pie filling is made from… you guessed it, apples! I prefer crisp, tart, sweet apples when baking and you cannot go wrong with Pink Lady apples. That is the type I used in these photographs.

The apple cubes are sprinkled with spices – cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. And they are also coated in tapioca starch (or arrowroot powder). The tapioca starch will help the filling thicken and create the caramel consistency.

You will also need a little water, lemon juice, and maple syrup to round out the mixture. 

gluten free apple pie bars with granola crumble on top

But nothing is better than the paleo apple pie crumble top!

The crumble topping is made from Hungry by Nature Grain Free Granola.

I’m biased, but my grain free granola is absolutely the best granola you can find! It is a made with nuts, seeds, and spices and is slightly sweet from organic maple syrup. It too is gluten and grain free, paleo, and vegan. I simply gave the granola a little chop and sprinkled it over the caramel apple mixture.

P.S. You can now shop my granola on Amazon Prime!

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How to make gluten free apple pie bars:

Make the cassava flour crust.

Using a food process, pulse together the cassava flour, coconut sugar, and salt. Add cubed butter and pulse until the butter is pea-sized. Add water, 1 Tablespoon at a time, and pulse. Pinch the dough between your fingers to see if it will hold together. Stop adding water when it will hold. It will still look dry and crumbly at this point. (I used 5 Tablespoons – see pictures for dough consistency**).

Dump the dough mixture into the lined baking pan, then press the mixture down using the back of a glass or measuring cup until it’s evenly distributed and flat. Bake for 15-20 minutes until the edges are light golden brown. 

Make the apple pie filling.

Chop apples into 1/4 inch cubes and place in a large bowl. Add cinnamon, nutmeg, arrowroot starch, and salt to the apple. Mix until the apples are coated with the dry mixture. Place apple mixture, water, lemon, and maple syrup in a medium sized sauce pan. Cook over medium heat until sauce begins to thicken and caramelize (5-7 mins) Remove.

Assemble and bake the paleo apple pie bars.

Once crust is cooled, top with the apple pie filling and spread evenly. Sprinkle granola on top. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until sauce has bubbled up and looks a golden color. Remove from heat. Cool completely, and refrigerate before cutting.

stack of three paleo apple pie bars with crumble

As Ina says, “how easy is that?!”

I truly hope you make these paleo and gluten free apple pie bars for Thanksgiving this year! If you make these or any of my other recipes, post a picture on social media and use the hashtag #imhungrybynature so that I can see!

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stack of three gluten free apple pie bars on parchment paper and cooling rack

Gluten Free Apple Pie Bars

  • Author: Ellie
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 9 bars 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake

Description

Just in time for Thanksgiving, these paleo and gluten free apple pie bars will please everyone! And they are so much easier to make than apple pie too!


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Ingredients

For the cassava flour crust:

1 cup cassava flourĀ 

1/4 cup coconut sugar

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup cold grass-fed butter, cut into small cubes

46 Tablespoons ice cold water

For the apple pie filling:

2 large crisp tart sweet apples peeled and chopped (1/4 inch pieces) – I love pink lady!

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 cup tapioca or arrowroot starch

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup water

3 Tablespoons lemon juice

1/4 cup maple syrup

For the crumble:

1 cup Hungry by Nature Maple Cinnamon Granola*


Instructions

Make the cassava flour crust.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8×8 square baking pan with parchment paper, set aside.

Using a food process, pulse together the cassava flour, coconut sugar, and salt. Add cubed butter and pulse until the butter is pea-sized.

Add water, 1 Tablespoon at a time, and pulse. Pinch the dough between your fingers to see if it will hold together. Stop adding water when it will hold. It will still look dry and crumbly at this point. (I used 5 Tablespoons – see pictures for dough consistency**).

Dump the dough mixture into the lined baking pan, then press the mixture down using the back of a glass or measuring cup until it’s evenly distributed and flat.

Bake for 15-20 minutes until the edges are light golden brown. Allow to cool in the pan on a cooling rack for at least 20 minutes.

Make the apple pie filling.

Chop apples into 1/4 inch cubes and place in a large bowl. Add cinnamon, nutmeg, arrowroot starch, and salt to the apple. Mix until the apples are coated with the dry mixture.

Place apple mixture, water, lemon, and maple syrup in a medium sized sauce pan. Cook over medium heat until sauce begins to thicken and caramelize (5-7 mins) Remove.

Once crust is cooled, top with the apple pie filling and spread evenly. Sprinkle granola on top.

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until sauce has bubbled up and looks a golden color. Remove from heat. Cool completely, and refrigerate before cutting.


Notes

*I chopped my granola slightly to break down some of the larger pieces for better distribution across the top of the bars.

**The dough will be appear dry, even at 6 Tablespoons of water. Be sure to pinch the dough between your two fingers to see if it holds together. Note the consistency of the dough in the images.

Keywords: thanksgiving, fall, apple pie, bars, gluten free, dessert, apple crumble, apple crisp, granola

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