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three apple pie bars side by side with salted caramel drizzle

Apple Pie Bars with Salted Caramel Drizzle (AIP, PALEO)

Warm, sweet apples with cozy fall spices are layered on a
shortbread crust and drizzled with salted caramel for a delectable fall treat.
These apple pie crumb bars are AIP, Paleo, and easy to make.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr


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

Apple Filling

  • 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!