Vegan Caramel Apple Crumb Bars

Vegan Caramel Apple Crumb Bars
These caramel apple crumb bars are topped with a delicious crumble made gluten-free with Let's Do Organic Sweet Potato Flour by @healthylittlevittles
Is there anything better than apple picking on a fall day? Take those apples and make these perfect caramel apple crumb bars!
⁠⠀ Ingredients⁠⠀ Crumb⁠⠀
  • 1 cup Let's Do Organic Sweet Potato Flour
  • 1 cup gluten-free quick oats⁠
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar⁠
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda⁠
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon⁠
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice⁠
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt⁠
  • 1/2 cup vegan caramel⁠
  • 1/3 cup plant butter/coconut oil⁠
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract⁠
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice⁠⠀
⁠⠀ Vegan Caramel⁠⠀
  • 1/2 cup plant butter⁠1/2 cup maple syrup⁠
  • 5 tablespoons sunflower seed butter (or almond butter)⁠
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract⁠
  • pinch salt⁠⠀
⁠⠀ Apple Filling
  • ⁠5 cups apples, peeled and diced (about 7 medium apples)⁠
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup⁠
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot/tapioca flour⁠
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon⁠
  • pinch salt⁠
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract⁠
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice⁠
  • 2 tablespoons water⁠⠀
⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ Instructions:⁠⠀ ⁠⠀
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees⁠.
  2. Line an 8x8 baking pan with parchment paper. ⁠
  3. Make the vegan caramel sauce first: In a small saucepan, melt the plant butter/coconut oil over high heat. Once melted, whisk in the maple syrup. Whisk in the sunflower seed/almond butter and continue to whisk until the mixture starts to bubble and thicken. Turn the heat down to low and whisk in the maple syrup, vanilla and salt.⁠
  4. Next, in a medium-large saucepan, add all of the apple filling ingredients and heat over medium heat until the apples start to soften and your filling thickens. Be sure to stir frequently to avoid sticking to the bottom of the pan. Set aside.⁠
  5. In a large bowl, whisk together all the dry crumble ingredients. Add the plant butter/coconut oil, vanilla, lemon juice and 1/2 cup vegan caramel sauce. Stir to combine. Press half of the crumble mixture in the baking pan. Pour in the apple filling. Sprinkle the rest of the crumble on top. Bake for 25-30 minutes.
  6. Cool before slicing. Use the remaining vegan caramel for drizzling over top. Keep stored in your fridge or freeze.