These bars are free of gluten, milk, eggs, and peanuts, and can very easily be made free of other allergens as well. They're a quick and simple way to enjoy the deliciousness of apple pie in a neat little bar!
1 cup gluten-free all purpose flour
1/3 cup white rice flour
2 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup milk-free butter spread/substitute, softened (I used Smart Balance Lite)
4 apples, cored, peeled and roughly chopped (I slice and freeze apples when we don't eat them quickly enough and thaw for recipes like this, so mine were not peeled)
5 Tbsp granulated sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp tapioca starch (or cornstarch)
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1/4 cup fruit preserves (I used strawberry because I had it on hand)
In a pan over medium heat, sauté the apples, sugar and cinnamon until softened, about 5-7 minutes. In a small bowl, whisk together starch and lemon juice. Add to apples and stir constantly, about 3 minutes, or until thickened. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
Line an 8x8 glass baking dish with foil, then grease the foil.
In a medium bowl, mix together the base ingredients. When adding the butter, cut it in until it forms a breadcrumb-like consistency. Pour into the pan and press down evenly.
Bake about 10 minutes, or until base begins to turn slightly golden brown. Remove and increase oven temperature to 400 degrees.
While the base is still hot, spread fruit preserves in a thin layer. Pour apple mixture over it.
In a small bowl, combine the topping ingredients until crumbly. Sprinkle over the top. (I added a little brown sugar to the top as well, which is optional.)
Return to the oven and bake 25-30 minutes or until the crumble begins to turn golden brown. Allow to cool slightly and use foil to lift from dish. Cut into bars and serve.
Special ingredients:no dried fruits, no fresh / raw fruits that don't get cooked by the end of the recipe, no fermented / pickled foods, no seeds, no beans / legumes / pulses, no meat / poultry, no alcohol
Just right for...:Great for kids, Crowds/parties, Comfort food, Quick & easy, Thanksgiving, Summer favorites, Fall favorites, Lunchboxes/on-the-go
Top 8 allergens?:gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, fish-free, shellfish-free, peanut-free
Active/prep time:0-15 minutes
Total time (inc active/prep):30-45 minutes
Substitution ideas:Use Earth Balance Soy-Free for the butter alternative to eliminate soy.
Serving suggestions:Serve with coconut milk ice cream or dairy-free whipped topping.
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