Salted Caramel Apple Crumb Bars are your easy fix when you crave an apple pie, but you are short on time. Vegan, Easy & Delicious!
Is there a better season, than fall? Why yes, my favorite is still summertime, but fall has its charms, too. The changing colors of the trees. The blankets of fallen leaves in the forest. Roasted chestnuts, pumpkins, and crispy apples.
What with everything happening currently, a new lockdown, the second wave of infections (here it is far worse than in Spring), I try to find joy in the little things, like spending time after lunch each day outdoor soaking up the sun. Our daily walks in nature. Morning cuddles with our cat.
And always, good food.
Being apple season (and the harvest this year has been bountiful), it’s only right to make an apple-based dessert and these Salted Caramel Apple Crumb Bars are just the perfect combination – a delicious apple filling, a hint of cinnamon, some tangy lemon, and a crunchy crumbly crust. And to top it off, a drizzle of delicious and easy salted caramel sauce.
All fully plant-based and a decadent treat.
Are these apple crumb bars easy to make?
Yes, absolutely, they are easy to make! There are a couple of steps, but nothing difficult.
Making the crumb dough
First, you prepare the dough by mixing the ingredients. You can do this in a food processor, so it’s super fast and easy, but if you do not have a food processor, you can mix it by hand just as well. Once your dough is done, separate it into two parts, folding chopped pecans into one part.
Making the apple filling
Then, you prepare the apple filling, which only takes peeling and dicing the apples, then bringing them together in a saucepan with your other ingredients and cook them for 10-15 minutes, so they start to soften.
Assembling and baking
You’re almost done with prep work! Preheat your oven, line a baking tin with parchment paper, then press in half the dough (the half without the pecans) until you cover the bottom of the pan with a compact dough. Place it in the oven and bake for about 15-20 minutes at 160°C / 320°F. Once baked, top the dough with the apple filling and crumble the rest of the dough on top, and place back into the oven for another 40-50 minutes, depending on how hot your oven runs.
Once baked, let it cool completely, as it will be quite loose fresh from the oven. Once cooled, the apple crumb will hold its shape better and be ready to be cut into bars.
Make the Salted Caramel Sauce
This is not really caramel per se, as it is not done the traditional way, but it is a sweet and salty sugary coconut sauce that is super simple to make, way more simple than the traditional caramel, as you just cook the ingredients in a saucepan until the sauce reduces, and add some salt at the end. That’s it! Really easy, but you still get a hint of that salted caramel flavor.
How do I store these Apple Crumb Bars?
We recommend storing the Apple Crumb Bars refrigerated in an air-tight container. Keep the Salted Caramel Sauce separated and only drizzle it on top right before serving, otherwise, it will make the crumb soggy. The Apple Crumb Bars will keep refrigerated for up to 4 days, but you can also freeze them and store frozen for up to 3 months.
If you are storing the apple crumb bars, drizzle the salted caramel on top just before serving to prevent sogginess. Nutrition data is automatically calculated using Nutritionix and may not be accurate.
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 382Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 514mgCarbohydrates: 49gFiber: 3gSugar: 29gProtein: 3g
If you are storing the apple crumb bars, drizzle the salted caramel on top just before serving to prevent sogginess.
Nutrition data is automatically calculated using Nutritionix and may not be accurate.
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