Vegan Caramel Apple Pie Bars

 

The leaves are just barely starting to change colors on the trees, there is a slight chill in the air, and you can smell the aroma of bonfires in the evenings.  Fall is definitely here!  I am bringing out my cozy warm clothes, relishing in being able to run in chilly morning air with beautiful sunrises, and baking up a storm.  Because this is my favorite season to bake.  I haven't made it to the apple orchard yet, maybe next weekend.  But I have bought some delicious local apples at the grocery store I work in the deli at.  I couldn't resist.  I mean, there is nothing like biting into a local apple full of flavor that was just picked recently and hasn't traveled half way around the world to get to you.  So, I had a big bag of them, and I have been making all things apple.  I have made a couple pies, an apple spice cake and some delicious caramel apple pie bars that I am sharing with you today because they were so delicious!  Actually, my Mom asked me to make her some bars to bring to a party with her friends, and I thought apple pie bars would be just the thing it being Fall and all.

I used a special ingredient in them that I think you will all enjoy as well, D'vash Date Nectar! I don't know about you, but I love sweetening things with dates.  They are about as natural as you can get when it comes to sweeteners, and they are the only ingredient in D'vash Date Nectar. The only thing about sweetening with dates the way I normally do is that you have to blend them, but with this, you eliminate that, and it is more concentrated and sweet.  You can use it in place of honey, agave nectar or maple syrup in recipes.  So, I used it in these bars to make them more caramel flavored as well as to make a delicious caramel to drizzle over the top.

I made a pie crust for the bottom, a sweet apple filling, and topped it off with crunchy oat topping (which is my favorite way to top an apple pie) and the D'vash Date Nectar caramel.  These were so good!  If you would like to buy some D'vash Date nectar for yourself, you can use this special coupon code on their WEBSITE to get a 10% discount: DVASH_FRAGRANTVANILLACAKE

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Vegan Caramel Apple Pie Bars
Makes 16

Crust:

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, softened
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup gluten free all purpose baking flour

 

Filling:

  • 3 medium or 4 small apples, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 1/4 cup gluten free all purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp D'vash date nectar or maple syrup
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

 

Topping:

  • 1/2 cup gluten free old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup gluten free all purpose baking flour
  • 3 Tbsp coconut oil, softened

 

Caramel:

  • 1/4 cup D'vash date nectar or maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

 

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F degrees, and line a 9x9 inch square pan with parchment.
  2. Mix together the crust ingredients, and press into the bottom of the prepared pan.  Place in the oven and bake for 15 minutes until set.
  3. Meanwhile, mix together the apple filling and set aside.
  4. Mix together the streusel filling in a bowl, and scrunch together with hands until it clumps up.  Set aside until crust is done.
  5. Remove the crust from the oven and spread the apples out over it (making sure they are all flat and evenly distributed), then sprinkle with the streusel.  Place back in the oven and bake for about 1 hour to 1 hour and 5 minutes until the streusel is lightly browned and apples are tender.  Note, since some ovens vary in temperature, check the bars after about 45 minutes and if they are starting to get too dark, tent them with foil so that they do not burn.
  6. Once the bars have finished baking, remove them from the oven and allow to cool completely.
  7. When the bars are cool, whisk together all of the caramel ingredients, and drizzle it over them.
  8. Cut into 16 bars, and enjoy!

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36 Comments
  1. September 29, 2017 at 11:31
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    Amy these look TOO good for fall. The flavors sound like such a good combination! I sweeten literally almost every recipe I bake with dates, so this date nectar looks SO cool!

    • September 29, 2017 at 12:27
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      Thank you :)! I know you would love the date nectar too!

  2. September 29, 2017 at 12:31
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    EVERYTHING! Dates are my go-to sweetener. I'd probably use D'Vash to make a raw snickers ice cream cake first <3

    • September 29, 2017 at 12:40
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      Mine too ;)! That sounds good :)!

  3. Laurie
    September 29, 2017 at 12:50
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    I'd love to try it in brownies or a nutty pie crust for Fall baking. Those bars look scrumptious!

  4. September 29, 2017 at 16:06
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    Are you kidding me right now???? Where are the apples??????????????

  5. Libbi Corson
    September 29, 2017 at 17:01
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    I would use this first of all for these amazing looking bars!! I have many vegan recipes that this sounds perfect for :)

  6. Regina
    September 29, 2017 at 17:48
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    Dates are my favorite sweetener, so probably everything, haha. I think it would be really nice in a coconut milk chai latte.

    • September 29, 2017 at 22:59
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      Haha, mine too :)! Oooh that latte sounds good!

  7. Vanessa
    September 29, 2017 at 18:46
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    These bars look divine!! Caramel and apples is such a delicious combination.I loooovee dates, they are the perfect, healthy sweetner that you can feel good about using. I would use this date nectar in probably everything I bake.

    • September 29, 2017 at 23:00
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      Thank you :)! It is some delicious stuff!

  8. kallie
    September 29, 2017 at 22:22
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    ooh i could really use that date nectar, i didn't even realize it existed. I'm trying to eat no added sugar so I've only been sweetening with natural sugars like dates but I HATE blending them all the time.

    • September 29, 2017 at 23:02
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      I totally agree about the blending. That is why I love this nectar :)!

  9. Jeffrey
    September 30, 2017 at 00:34
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    Truthfully, I would make your dish. These apple pie bars look amazing!

  10. Hope
    September 30, 2017 at 11:23
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    I love using dates for baking. I can't wait to try that date caramel!

  11. Rosie
    September 30, 2017 at 20:29
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    I'd love to try it for fall pies, I bet it would add a nuance and everyone would love them even more.

    • October 1, 2017 at 13:26
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      It would be amazing in Fall pies :)!

  12. Juanita
    October 1, 2017 at 03:59
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    These bars look amazing!!! Caramel apples I miss you!!! And the date syrup drizzle looks so good!

  13. Mary Syrenne
    October 1, 2017 at 05:18
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    This recipe has me drooling. I need a bottle of this in my life.

  14. cindy
    October 2, 2017 at 08:25
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    looks scrumptious! I often use dried dates to sweeten things and the nectar would be so convenient.

  15. Tanya Griego
    October 2, 2017 at 15:02
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    Looks amazing! Never tried Date Nectar!

  16. Dee Johnson
    October 2, 2017 at 15:28
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    I would use it in banana muffins

    • October 2, 2017 at 22:34
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      It would go perfectly in banana muffins :)!

  17. Jaclyn F
    October 2, 2017 at 16:47
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    I'm always on the lookout for new liquid sweeteners! I use dates to sweeten my homemade hot chocolate...I wonder how this would taste in my matcha? Yum!

    • October 2, 2017 at 22:34
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      It would be amazing in hot chocolate :)!

  18. Maria Everson
    October 2, 2017 at 19:30
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    As a new vegan, I have never tried date nectar, so I would have to start with this yummy-looking Caramel Apple Pie Bars! I have loved everything else I have tried of yours, so this should be no different :)

    • October 2, 2017 at 22:34
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      I am sure you would love it too :)!

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