Apple Crumb Bars

Apple Crumb Bars

We love a dessert with a good crumble topping, can you tell? So, today our month of apples continues with a crumb bar recipe from Sherrie of With Food + Love. Made with tart apples, pantry oats and an easy maple glaze, these bars are a perfect fall treat. Here’s how to whip them up…

Apple Crumb Bars
By Sherrie Castellano of With Food + Love

These bars taste just like apple pie, but they aren’t nearly as complicated or time consuming. Serve them warm or room temperature with a heavy drizzle of maple coffee glaze. They are entirely vegan, refined-sugar free and gluten-free accommodating.

Apple Crumb Bars

Recipe: Apple Crumb Bars
Serves 9

You’ll need:

For the crust
1 cup all-purpose or gluten-free flour
1 cup oats
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
3 tbsp maple syrup

For the filling
4 cups apples, peeled and thinly sliced
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp cloves
1/8 tsp ginger
3 tbsp maple syrup
2 tbsp organic cornstarch

For the glaze (optional)
1/2 cup raw cashews
1/2 cup strong freshly brewed hot coffee
2 tbsp maple syrup
Pinch of sea salt

Preheat the oven to 350F, and line an 8-inch square dish with parchment paper. Toss the apples with the lemon juice. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the spices and cornstarch, then add in the maple syrup. Pour this mixture over the apples and toss to evenly coat. Set aside until the crust is ready.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, oats and salt, by stirring. Add in the shortening and mix with your hand until crumbly. Add in the maple syrup and stir until well-combined.

Set aside 1/3 cup of this mixture for the crumb topping. Press the remaining mixture into the lined dish. Pour the apples into the dish, pressing gently. Crumble the remaining oat mixture on top and bake for 40 minutes. Allow the bars to cool almost completely inside the dish. Remove the bars and cut into 9 squares.

To make the maple coffee glaze, combine all of the ingredients in a blender, and process until very smooth. Depending on the quality of your blender, this could take up to a few minutes. Drizzle over bars before serving.

Apple Crumb Bars

Thanks so much, Sherrie!

P.S. More recipes, including blackberry crumb bars and apple crumb cake.

(Photos and recipe by Sherrie Castellano. This series is edited by Stella Blackmon.)

  1. I can’t imagine how well the maple coffee glaze complements the apple flavor and I love the fact it crumbles. Definitely going to try this :)

    • Both of these recipes sound delicious. I’m a big fan of any type of apple treats and now I have two new recipes that I will be trying!! Haha

      Thank you guys!! =)


  2. Kadija says...

    Screaming from the rooftops: “I CAN FEED THIS TO MY ALLERGY-PRONE KIDDDDDD!!!!!” I enjoy the creativity of it all, but sometimes adjusting baking recipes and trying out different ingredients and ratios and all can be EXHAUSTING!

    Thanks ladies! <3

  3. Gauri says...

    What could I use if I don’t have vegetable shortening?

    • Sara says...

      I’m wondering the same thing! Would coconut oil work? Since I’m not vegan, I will probably just use butter…

  4. Oh my, this looks so inviting!

  5. Katie says...

    Thank you for the lovely vegan recipe! We still have some apples from apple-picking so I look forward to making a batch up this weekend.

  6. Apple with anything is my particular weakness!

  7. No sugar and vegan? My step daughter is vegan (and my 2 yr old is obsessed with the apple orchard) so this is actually perfection for my house! I am so interested to try out this glaze, with hot coffee? How is one recipe combining all of my favorite things!?!


  8. Looks delicious and so easy!

  9. Sarah K says...

    OH YAY! Thank you SO much for a gluten-free, food-allergy-friendly recipe! I have to use mostly vegan baking recipes bc my kids have dairy, nut and egg allergies and gluten sensitivities. (I know, you envy me. ;) ) I will have to substitute something for the cashews here (maybe raw sunflower seeds), but I am so excited to try this! Thanks so much for featuring a recipe that makes people with allergies feel included. (There are certainly worse medical conditions, but food allergies are a real struggle, both for kids and their parents, and can make us feel lonely and excluded).

  10. These look and sound amazing! So perfect, Sherrie!!

  11. Carol Wayne says...

    HI there,

    You have had so many good recipes lately…how about a print recipe feature….I know that cut and paste is not a lot of hard work…but that print recipe button sure is helpful.


    • Joanna Goddard says...

      thank you, carol, we will look into this! xo

  12. oh my goodness these look amazing!! You had me sold at apple crumble, its my favourite dessert.

  13. Yes! Thanks for sharing a low-suagr dessert…I’m off to get my hands on some apples at the market here :)

  14. Cynthia says...

    These look yummy!

  15. Alice says...

    Yes to these!

  16. Lee Leroux says...

    Good Lord , I’ve died and gone to heaven , these look amazing.

  17. oh my goodness, hurray! no sugar! these would work for my little gal’s first baking experience in the kitchen together! i’m so excited- something i’ve dreamed about since I was pregnant!

    xoxo, brittany