These fall-inspired Apple Crisp Bars perfectly capture the flavors of the season! This delicious baked good brings together the comforting warmth of cinnamon flavor, the rich layers and an irresistible crumbly topping. They also have 4 layers of goodness! You are going to love the blend of fresh apples and seasonal ingredients. These bars are finished off with a decadent drizzle of caramel, creating the perfect cozy treat! Since I eat gluten free and dairy free, I used gluten free and dairy free ingredients in these, but they can be made either way and I will include substitutions below. I like to make my recipes as adaptable as possible so everyone can enjoy the fall flavors!
Why You’ll Love These Apple Crisp Bars
They taste like fall!
These bars are the perfect combination of fresh apple and seasonal flavors.
They are a crowd-pleaser!
These bars have multiple delicious layers.
They are insanely delicious!
These are a great recipe to make with the apples you pick at the apple orchard.
All you need for this recipe is an 8×8 baking dish, 3 mixing bowls and a blender.
Ingredients Needed to Make These Apple Crisp Bars
Oat Flour: This can be made quickly by blending oats in a blender or you can purchase it at the store. If you are gluten free you are going to want to look for gluten free certified oats. You can also use all-purpose flour here if you prefer!
Butter: I am dairy free so I used dairy free butter here, but feel free to use regular butter as well!
Sugar: I like to use coconut sugar in my recipes because it has a lower glycemic index, but regular sugar works here too!
Cream Cheese: I used dairy free cream cheese here because I follow a dairy free diet, but feel free to use regular cream cheese. This will be used for the filling.
Vanilla: The vanilla extract gives the filling a delicious warm flavor! If you follow a low histamine diet, look for a vanilla without alcohol.
Liquid Sweetener: I used honey in my recipe but feel free to also use maple syrup or agave.
Apples: I am obsessed with Honeycrisp apples so that’s usually what I use in my recipes but feel free to mix it up with Granny Smith, Gala or any other variety!
Apple Pie Spice: This gives the recipe some added warmth! If you don’t have it on hand, feel free to use cinnamon instead.
Rolled Oats: These are used for the crumble topping! If you are gluten free you will need to make sure you are purchasing gluten free oats.
Oil: Feel free to use any oil here. I typically use coconut oil or olive oil in my baking.
Caramel: Feel free to purchase store bought caramel to make this easy. I love using my homemade dairy free caramel recipe!
How to Make These Apple Crisp Bars
Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 F.
Step 2: Combine the flour, butter and 1/4 cup sugar in a bowl. This will be the crust layer.
Step 3: Press this mixture into a greased 8×8 baking dish and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until browned.
Step 4: While the crust is baking, mix together the dairy-free cream cheese. vanilla and liquid sweetener in a bowl. This will be the filling.
Step 5: Wait for the crust to cool and then pour the filling over the crust. Spread until it forms an even layer.
Step 6: Mix the apples, 1/3 cup sugar, apple pice spice, rolled oats and oil in a bowl. This will be the crumble layer.
Step 7: Pour the crumble over the filling and bake for 45 minutes.
Step 8: Pour caramel over the top.
Step 9: Wait until it fully cools, cut into bars and enjoy! Top with vanilla ice cream for a little something extra!
Store these apple crisp bars in the refrigerator for 4-5 days.
Feel free to serve with some vanilla ice cream on top! These can be eaten cold or warm! Personally, I have trouble waiting for them to cool and sometimes eat them straight out of the dish!
How can I make my own oat flour?
Add rolled oats to a blender and pulse for 15 seconds until you have a fine powder.
What is the best way to cut these bars?
It is best to wait for the bars to fully cool before cutting them.
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Apple Crisp Bars
- 1 1/4 cups oat flour
- 1/3 cup butter (I use dairy free butter)
- 1/4 + 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 package cream cheese (I use dairy free cream cheese because I am dairy free)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 tbsp honey
- 2 small apples (I use Honeycrisp), finely chopped
- 1 tbsp apple pie spice
- 3/4 cup rolled oats
- 1/4 cup oil
- 1 jar caramel (or homemade)
- Preheat oven to 350 ºF
- Combine the flour, butter and 1/4 cup sugar in a bowl. This will be the crust layer.
- Press this mixture into a greased 8×8 baking dish and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until browned.
- While the crust is baking, mix together the cream cheese. vanilla and liquid sweetener in a bowl. This will be the filling.
- Wait for the crust to cool and then pour the filling over the crust. Spread until it forms an even layer.
- Mix the apples, 1/3 cup sugar, apple pice spice, rolled oats and oil in a bowl. This will be the crumble layer.
- Pour the crumble over the filling and bake for 45 minutes.