Fall is officially here, however the weather hasn’t got memo. However that isn’t going to stop me from fall baking extravaganza! The glorious smell of fresh baked goods is so comforting! Since starting this lifestyle of being more mindful of what I put in my mouth, I’ve had to relearn baking. I used to bake with lots and lots of brown and white sugar! Luckily in today’s health minded world there are so many refined sugar free substitutes. My favorites to date are coconut sugar, agave, and maple syrup.
I woke up this morning and there was a slight chill in the air, what a nice change! It didn’t last long by noon it was 85 and sunny! I had a craving for sweet cooked apples with a cup coffee, such a comforting combo! I can pretty much have coffee any of the day! As I was looking through the pantry for food, I saw the container of rolled oats, instantly I thought APPLE BARS!!!
Together Fiori (my 2yr old) and I made these. Well she made more of a mess than anything.. but it kept her occupied long enough for me to get these done. I used less than 10 ingredients, no added sugars or dairy. They are a perfect breakfast bar or light dessert. They are not too sweet, but are the perfect curb to a sweet tooth attack! Lord only knows I have plenty of sweet tooth attacks on the regular!! I got a thumbs up from the kids, so that in itself is a big success! Happy Baking friends!!
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Perfect apple bar without the sugary guilt! Simple and delicious!!
- 1/2 cup melted butter 1 stick
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar
- 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
- 1 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 3/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 2 cups diced apples cored, peeled, thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup coconut cream, canned
- 1/3 cup coconut sugar
- 1 tbsp flour
Preheat the oven to 350. Grease a 8in baking dish with non stick spray.
In a mixing bowl add butter, vanilla and sugar, whisk and combine.
Stir in oats and flour. Mixture will be crumbly. Reserve a 1/2 cup for topping.
Transfer the remaining mixture to your baking dish. Flatten with a spoon or your hands, then set aside.
In a pan, heat coconut oil and add in apples. Cook on medium-high heat for 2 minutes.
Add in coconut cream and coconut sugar. Stir around and turn down heat. Let apples simmer and stir frequently for 7 minutes or till apples are tender.
Turn off heat and stir in flour, sauce will thicken.
Pour apple filling over your crust and spread out evenly. Sprinkle on the reaming 1/2 cup crust mixture.
Bake for 30 minutes, let cook 15 before serving. Enjoy!
If you don't have coconut sugar you can substitute with brown sugar. If you are avoiding gluten you can use gluten free rolled oats.
IF your ready to kick this up a notch... serve hot with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!!! I highly recommend this!!