Are you looking for the perfect AIP dessert to enjoy this fall? Look no further than our Apple Pie Bars with Salted Caramel Drizzle. They’re AIP, paleo, gluten-free, and dairy free! WHAT!
These warm, sweet apples are combined with cozy fall spices, then layered on a shortbread crust and drizzled with salted caramel. It’s a delectable fall dessert.
How to make AIP Apple Pie Bar with Salted Caramel Drizzle?
- This layered dessert sounds complicated but it’s quite simple to put together. First you combine the shortbread ingredients and layer all but 1/4 of the dough on the bottom of an 8×8 baking dish.
- While the crust bakes, you combine the simple filling ingredients in a saucepan to warm them up (it smells sooo good)
- Next you layer apple filling onto the baked shortbread, then top with the remaining 1/4 of the dough as a “crumble”
- While it bakes, you make a simple caramel drizzle to top it with once the apple pie bar is out of the oven. Voila!
Can you make these without coconut?
You could easily substitute almond flour for coconut in the dough in this recipe, but the caramel drizzle cannot be made without coconut.
Can you make this without added sugar?
Can I make these ahead of time?
Yes! They can be frozen immediately after cooling and kept in the freezer for up to 1 month. Just make sure to thaw them before serving.
If you want to make them fresh but prep in advance, the unbaked crust and topping, reserved in the bowl and pressed into the pan, can be refrigerated for up to 2 days before baking, or frozen for up to 1 month. The cooked apple pie filling can be refrigerated for up to 2 days and used directly from the refrigerator.
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Crust and Crumble Topping
- 3/4 cup coconut flour
- 3/4 cup palm shortening
- 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp arrowroot powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tbsp gelatin
- 1 pinch of salt
- 4 crisp apples such as gala or pink lady, diced
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 3 tbsp coconut sugar
- 2 tsp arrowroot starch
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp mace or nutmeg if not AIP
Salted Caramel Sauce
- 1/2 cup coconut cream
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Preheat the oven to 350° F and line a 8”x 8” baking dish with parchment paper.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the coconut flour, arrowroot flour, palm
shortening, maple syrup, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, and gelatin. Mix until
well combined. Divide the dough, setting about ¼ aside for the topping. Press
the remaining dough into the baking dish
- Bake the crust at 350° F for 8 minutes until lightly golden brown
- While the crust is baking, prepare the apple layer. Add the apples, water, lemon juice and coconut sugar to a medium saucepan and cook for 5-10 minutes until the apples begin to soften.
- Stir in the cinnamon, arrowroot powder and nutmeg and cook for 2-3 more minutes until thickened and fragrant
- Remove the crust from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes
- Pour the apple mixture on top of the crust. Crumble the remaining dough over the top, pressing it lightly into the apples.
- Bake for 25 minutes or until the edges are bubbling and the top is golden brown
- While the apple pies bars bake, prepare the caramel drizzle
- Add the coconut cream, coconut sugar and salt to a small saucepan and stir to combine. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Then reduce to a simmer, and allow to cook for 15-20 minutes stirring fluently until the sauce has reduced and thickened.
- Remove the apple pie bars from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes before carefully removing from the pan
- Drizzle with the caramel sauce and enjoy!
This recipe was written as a guest post for Rooted in Healing by Molly Leavitt, a Natural Chef and Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner. A strong believer in the power of real food, Molly’s biggest passion is helping others discover that eating healthy should be easy, delicious, and never boring! Check out her Instagram and website to follow along on her holistic adventures.