Apple crumble bars! They’re here, they’re here! Just in time to be added to your Thanksgiving baking list… I’m sure you already have the ingredients in your pantry and fridge, so it will be easy to add them to the menu and impress your vegan or gluten-free guests!
These buttery, caramel-y, crumble-y bars are one of my very favorite gluten free desserts. I made this same recipe with regular all-purpose flour the first time and the crust set up a little too hard, but with Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free 1:1 Baking Flour the crust holds the bars together just enough without being too dominating.
We won’t even get into how good this topping is… I just want to make a pan of it and eat it out of a bowl like cereal. Totally normal, no? :’D
Note: These pictures capture my fave way to enjoy the apple crumble, warm and fresh out of the oven. If you’re serving them for a holiday they are perfect for making a day in advance and refrigerating because the caramel-y sauce will be less gooey and the bars will hold together more like a finger food. Fresh out of the oven or cold and sliceable, doesn’t matter! They’ll be delish both ways!
Vegan/Gluten-Free Apple Crumble Bars
For the crust
- 1/2 cup Earth Balance butter (1 baking stick)
- 1/4 cup organic sugar
- 1 cup Bob's Red Mill 1:1 Gluten Free Baking Flour
For the filling
- 4 finely sliced honeycrisp apples (the thinner the slices the more held together your bars will be in the end!)
- 1/2 cup organic sugar
- 1/3 cup organic brown sugar
- 2 heaping tbsp apple pie spice
For the topping
- 1 cup gluten free quick oats
- 1/2 cup Earth Balance butter
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 cup any type of gluten free flour (almond flour works great but if you don't have it feel free to use the baking flour!)
- 1/2 cup organic brown sugar
- 1 cup organic powdered sugar
- 1 tbsp plant milk
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Preheat oven to 375
- Grease or line a 3 quart baking dish
- Prepare crust by combing the three ingredients. You may have to use your hands to ensure butter is evenly incorporated
- Press crust dough into pan using a spatula. Be sure the dough is spread flat and isn't thicker in some areas
- In a large bowl, toss together filling ingredients
- Spread filling across crust evenly
- Using the same bowl, combine topping ingredients. This is best done by hand as well. You should end up with pea-sized crumbles
- Sprinkle topping over the filling in pan
- Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes or until the crust at the bottom of the dish is visibly starting to brown. It should be a deep gold color by the time it is removed from the oven
- Cool in the fridge for a few hours and then drizzle with icing (optional)
- Separate into squares using a sturdy spatula. A knife pulls on apples and causes the bars to disassemble
If you make these be sure to let me know what you think or tag me on IG! It warms my heart to see these plant based recipes shared!
Also, I think I’m going to start making the effort to get pictures of the process and write step-by-steps with images along with the recipe style used above. Let me know if this is something you’d find helpful or if you don’t think it matters 🙂
If you need more vegan dessert ideas for the holidays be sure to check out this post for the best vegan chocolate chip cookies or find me on Pinterest for tonnnnns of recipe ideas!