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  • Makes 9 bars

Wholesome and perfectly sweet, these flavorful crisp-style apple pie bars make a homespun dessert that’s best eaten with a fork.

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Ingredients

  • 6 medium apples, peeled, cored, and chopped (6 cups)
  • 1¼ cup apple cider or juice
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 2½ tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups regular rolled oats
  • ½ cup white whole wheat flour
  • 3 tablespoons flaxseed meal
  • 3 tablespoons tahini
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ cup unsweetened, unflavored plant milk, such as almond, soy, cashew, or rice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
  • 6 pitted Medjool dates

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a 9-inch square baking pan with parchment paper or use a silicone baking pan.
  2. For filling, in a large saucepan combine apples and ½ cup of the cider. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add maple syrup, 1 Tbsp. of the lemon juice, cornstarch, and 1 tsp. cinnamon. Cook and stir over medium until thickened and bubbly. Remove from heat.
  3. In a food processor combine 1½ cups of the oats and the next four ingredients (through salt). Pulse until mixed. With processor running, add milk until mixture starts to cling together and is slightly moistened. Transfer ½ cup of the mixture to a small bowl. For crust, press remaining mixture into bottom of prepared pan. For topping, add the remaining ½ cup oats and the walnuts to mixture in bowl; toss. Spoon apple filling over crust. Crumble topping over apple filling.
  4. Bake 40 minutes or until bubbly around edges. Cool at least 30 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, make Cider Caramel Sauce: Place dates in a small bowl; add boiling water to cover and let stand 15 minutes. Drain well. In a small food processor, combine dates and the remaining 4½ tsp. lemon juice and 1½ tsp. ground cinnamon. Process until smooth. Gradually add ¾ cup apple cider until sauce is pourable.
  6. Cut apple bake into bars. Serve bars with Cider Caramel Sauce.

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Nancy Macklin

Nancy Macklin has a bachelor of science in dietetics from Iowa State University and a master of science in health services administration from the University of Saint Francis. Nancy worked as a hospital-based clinical dietitian, providing counseling for diabetes, heart disease, and weight loss and as a food service director in health care dining sites. She now serves as a test kitchen dietitian, developing 500+ recipes per year. She is a member of the Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics and International Association of Culinary Professionals.

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