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Healthier Caramel Apple Crumble Bars

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There are so many things I love about the holiday’s but my number one has to be the food. It’s so fun for my family and I to come up with new recipes or make something traditional together. This year I decided to try my hand at a healthy apple crumble recipe. My twist? I partnered up with Health-Ade Kombucha and their Holiday Cheers flavor to make a caramel for the tops of these BARS. Yes, healthy caramel apple crumble bars – here we come!

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How to MakeThis Healthy Apple Crumble Recipe

  1. Make the Crust

    Adding the ‘butter’ and flour to the bowl of a food processor will make your life so much easier!

  2. Par Bake

    You want to par bake the crust for about 10 minutes to make sure it will hold up against the hot apples

  3. Make the Apple Filling

    Once the apples are cooked down with sugar, they make their own caramel of sorts. You want to cook these low and slow, no one wants burned apples! Now pour them over your par baked crust.

  4. Make the Crumble

    This is a super simple way to make a grain-free crumble, which I adapted from Liz Moody 

  5. Make the Caramel

    The Health-Ade Holiday Cheers flavor has hints of nutmeg and chocolate so it’s the perfect fit for this recipe. All you have to do is throw everything into a pot and watch it brown and smell delicious. Set in a container to cool

How to Cut Apple Crumble Bars

  1. Take the edges of the parchment as handles and lift the bars out of the pan once cooled.
  2. Cut into 9 squares

This healthy apple crumble recipe is my new favorite that I’ve made so far this season! I love being able to get different apples from all of the farmers markets in town. Also, if you haven’t gotten your hands on Health-Ade Holiday Cheers flavor yet, RUN, don’t walk to your nearest grocery store. You will not be disappointed.

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This post is sponsored by Health-Ade Kombucha, a long-time partner of Prickly Fresh. I would never share any product I don’t personally love or use. Thank you for supporting this blog and my dreams!

Healthy Caramel Apple Crumble Bars

A healthier twist on a classic holiday apple crumble bar.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time29 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 9 bars
Calories: 422kcal

Equipment

  • 8×8 Baking Pan
  • Skillet
  • Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Vegetable Peeler

Ingredients

CRUST

  • 4 oz + 2tbs Vegan Butter
  • 2 cups Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 Tbs Coconut Sugar

FILLING

  • 5 small Apples or 3 cups diced granny smith apples
  • ½ c Coconut Sugar
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tbs Vegan Butter cold and cut into cubes

CRUMBLE

  • 1/2 cup pecans roughly chopped
  • ½ cup walnuts roughly chopped
  • ½ cup almond flour
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons avocado oil

KOMBUCHA CARAMEL

  • 1/2 cup Coconut Sugar
  • 3 Tbs Health-Ade Kombucha Holiday Cheers
  • 2 tbs Vegan Butter

Instructions

CRUST

  • Place all crust ingredients in a food processor and pulse until a dough ball forms.
  • Press the dough into a parchment lined 8×8 baking pan. Bake on 350 for 15 minutes (crust will bake again)

FILLING

  • In a pan on medium heat, add 1 tbs vegan butter, apples, cinnamon, and coconut sugar. Cook on medium low until apples are soft and a ‘caramel’ has formed in the pan (about 25 minutes)
  • Pour the apple mixture over the pre-baked crust and set aside

CRUMBLE

  • Combine all the remaining ingredients in a small bowl until well combined. Sprinkle over apple mixture.
  • Bake for 20 minutes

KOMBUCHA CARAMEL

  • In a small saucepan on medium heat – add sugar, kombucha and vegan butter. Stir until everything is dissolved
  • Bring mixture to a boil and then reduce to medium low for 10 minutes or until thickened.
  • *caramel will also thicken up in the fridge*.
  • Drizzle over cooled apple bars

Notes

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