These Salted Caramel Apple Pie Bars are baked in a sheet pan and perfect for sharing this holiday season.
Every year, Dustin and I talk about how we want to bake holiday treats and share them with friends and family.
I can remember thinking it was so nice of people to bring in homemade holiday cookies and snacks when I was working in an office and how sweet people were to bake something special.
This year, we finally got our act together and decided to bake these salted caramel apple pie bars.
We had been craving apple pie and thought making them into apple pie bars would be a great way to put them into a gift box to share with friends.
The girls are always wanting to cook with us, too, so it was a great opportunity to bake something that could be shared as a gift or thank you.
Baking for others is such a neat way to show that you care.
I see my three year old cooking pretend food in his playroom, bringing me tacos, quesadillas, muffins, and pancakes, all pretend and all made with love. He gets it.
I see my eight year old making lunches for her sister and brother as her daily chore, writing little notes for each of them to read as they enjoy lunch the next day. She gets it.
Cooking for others brings joy to everyone.
I love cooking for my family. It’s one of my fave things.
They don’t always love what I make them, but — when they do — it’s something special and makes me feel so good to have shared that with them.
It’s a moment in time I can share something with them they all enjoy and appreciate and it makes me happy to make them happy.
It’s a moment of togetherness that was created from nothing.
I make these apple pie bars in a sheet pan which allows me to make enough to share with even more people and spread the apple pie bar love.
And can we just talk about the salted caramel sauce for a minute? We all need this in our lives. On these apple pie bars. On ice cream. On yogurt. It’s perfection, and the perfect topping for these made-with-love bars.
FYI you can totally freeze these apple pie bars to enjoy later. I use a freezer safe container and freeze them for up to 3 months. I find that storing these bars in the freezer is best and they are amazing cold.
These Salted Caramel Apple Pie Bars are made with love and only the best ingredients. They make the perfect baked treat to package and give to someone for a pick-me-up or thank you.
Let’s get to baking!
- 4 cups almond flour (AKA almond meal)
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar
- 1/2 tsp. sea salt
- 1 1/3 cups coconut oil, melted
- 4 large granny smith apples, sliced into 1/4-inch slices
- 1 tbsp. almond flour
- 3 tbsp. coconut sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp. lemon juice
- 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/4 cup almond flour
- 2 tbsp. coconut sugar
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 2 tbsp. almond butter
- 1/4 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 1/8 tsp. sea salt
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees F and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the almond flour, melted coconut oil, coconut sugar, and sea salt. Stir together well.
Press this mixture into the prepared sheet pan in an even layer.
- Place in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes, until bubbly and slightly firm.
- Combine the apples, almond flour, coconut sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and lemon juice, and set aside.
- Combine the rolled oats, coconut sugar, cinnamon, and almond flour in a mixing bowl and stir to combine.
- Remove the crust from the oven, and then increase the oven temperature to 350 degrees F.
- Layer the apple mixture evenly over the crust.
- Sprinkle the apple layer with the oat topping.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes, until the topping is golden brown.
In a sauce pan over medium heat, combine the coconut oil and pure maple syrup, and stir together.
Once heated through, add the almond butter, and whisk together until smooth.
Remove from heat, then add in the vanilla extract and sea salt.
When the bars are finished baking, remove from the oven and allow them to cool for 20 minutes. Then place them in the freezer for 30 minutes.
Cut into 12-16 bars and drizzle with the salted caramel sauce.
These apple pie bars are best if stored in the freezer to maintain their structure. They can be stored in an air-tight container for up to 3 months.
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