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Apple Pie Crumb Bars Recipe

This recipe is a fun twist on the classic apple pie, with apple pie filling spread on top of a buttery, crumbly shortbread base and sprinkled with a crumb topping. These bars, created by Baking Star contest judge Joanne Ozug of Fifteen Spatulas, have 10% fewer calories* and 65% less sugar* than the regular brown sugar-sweetened version. Makes 16 bars. To watch Joanne demonstrate how to make this recipe, click here.

Serving size

1 bar (85g)

Calories

270 Calories

Ingredients

Apple Pie Filling

  • 3 cups chopped granny smith apples

  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch

  • 12 tsp ground cinnamon

  • 116 tsp salt

  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

  • 12 cup water

  • 2 Tbsp Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend

Dough

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour

  • 34 cup Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend

  • 14 tsp sea salt

  • 1 tsp baking powder

  • 1 cup cold unsalted butter, diced

  • 1 egg, beaten

  • 14 cup heavy cream

Directions

APPLE PIE FILLING
  • 1.

    Combine the apples, cornstarch, cinnamon, salt, lemon juice, water, and Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend in a skillet.

  • 2.

    Cook over medium high heat for 12-15 minutes, stirring frequently, until the apples soften. Set aside to cool.

  • 3.

    Preheat the oven to 350°F.

DOUGH
  • 4.

    Next, prepare the dough. Place the flour, Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend, sea salt and baking powder in a large bowl, and whisk to combine.

  • 5.

    Add the cold butter to the bowl, and use your fingertips to rub the butter into the flour, in order to break the butter down into small pieces that are coated in flour. Add in the egg, and toss around to distribute the moisture.

  • 6.

    Next, add in the heavy cream, and toss the liquid around to moisten the dough further. At this point the dough might look crumbly but if you gather a handful with your fingers and press, it should hold together.

  • 7.

    Split the dough in half, and press one half of the dough down into the bottom of an 8x8 baking pan lined with parchment paper.

  • 8.

    Add all of the apple pie filling on top, and spread it evenly with a spatula or spoon. Crumble the remaining half of the dough on top.

  • 9.

    Bake in the center of the oven for 50 minutes, until lightly golden on top.

  • 10.

    Let the bars cool completely, then remove the bars from the pan and cut into squares.

*These bars have 270 calories and 8 grams of sugar per serving compared to the brown sugar-sweetened version which have 300 calories and 23 grams of sugar.

Nutrition Per Serving

Calories 270
Total Fat 14g
Saturated Fat 8g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 50mg
Sodium 80mg
Total Carbohydrate 39g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 8g
Erythritol 6g
Protein 4g
Vitamin A 10% DV
Vitamin C 0% DV
Calcium 4% DV
Iron 10% DV

Apple Pie Crumb Bars is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 17.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Apple Pie delight These bars are the best!!!! The brown sugar baking blend is absolutely the best secret to these bars. It gives them the necessary sweetness without being overly sweet or sugary. The crumb topping and apple flavor work so well together. It is like a little slice of heaven. I love these bars and will make them all throughout the year!!
Date published: 2015-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from APPLE PIE CRUMB Try it and you will enjoy. It is delicious and easy to make and just think using Truvia sweetener think of the diabetic people that can eat this too and enjoy the flavor. Try it you will enjoy and think of the taste and people around you tasting your treat and the family wanting more of this delicious treat
Date published: 2015-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Slice of Apple Crumb Heaven!!!! These bars were absolutely delish. The Truvia Brown Sugar baking blend worked perfectly. They were so easy to make and well worth it. The apples were perfectly sweetened and the crust and crumbs on top came out just as pictured. I would definitely make these bars again!!!!
Date published: 2015-02-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Delicious apple bar! I have made this recipe twice for my pre-diabetic husband. I love them. The only issue is there is a lot of crust to it, I think I'll make it in a 9 x 13 pan next time and maybe even make more filling for it.
Date published: 2017-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Satisfy your craving This dessert will fill you up and satisfy your sweet tooth craving and also is a crowd pleaser and easy to make and you can add nuts and vanilla to it if you prefer or make as is both ways it's just delicious
Date published: 2015-04-09
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