Caramel Apple Bars on a gray rectangular serving platter with apple slices on the sides for garnish and oats and red apple in the background

Caramel Apple Bars

Gluten-Free Caramel Apple Bars have a buttery oat base and topping with tender spiced apples in the middle, coated in a creamy caramel sauce.

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Caramel Apple Bars on a gray rectangular serving platter with apple slices on the sides for garnish and oats and red apple in the background
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Caramel Apple Bars

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr 20 mins
Total Time1 hr 40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Calories: 326kcal
Author: Shay Ryan

Ingredients

For the base and topping:

  • 2 cups (160 g) gluten-free quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup (120 g) gluten-free all-purpose flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1 Baking Flour)
  • ½ cup (100 g) granulated sugar
  • ½ cup (100 g) brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon (2.6 g) ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon (3 g) kosher or fine sea salt
  • 6-8 tablespoons (90-120 g) butter or dairy-free butter, softened

For the filling:

  • 4 medium apples (Granny Smith preferred)
  • 1 teaspoon (2.6 g) ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons (15 g) cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons (30 g) butter or dairy-free butter
  • 1 (14-ounce) jar thick caramel sauce (not from a squeeze bottle)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 9x9-inch pan with parchment paper and grease any exposed areas.
  • Combine dry ingredients for the base/topping, mixing well. Add the softened butter, several tablespoons at a time, mixing it together, until crumbles form.
  • Reserve about ⅓ of the mixture for the topping and press the rest of the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake for 15 minutes, then remove and set aside at room temp until ready to fill.
  • Peel, core and thinly slice the apples into evenly sized pieces. Transfer the apples to a large high-sided skillet. Sprinkle the apples with cinnamon and cornstarch. Mix to coat the apples as evenly as possible.
  • Turn the heat on the cooktop to medium-low and melt the butter in a large high-sided skillet. Transfer the apples to the pan and cook for about 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Adjust the heat lower if the apples are sticking or start to brown at the beginning of the cooking process.
  • When the apples have warmed through and softened some and most of the liquid has evaporated or thickened, then pour the caramel sauce into the pan with the apples. Stir to combine well and allow to heat through, reduce, and thicken. This will take about 10 minutes on a low to medium-low heat.
  • Spread the apple mixture into the crust in an even layer. Sprinkle with the remaining oat topping mixture. Bake for 40-45 mins or until the crust is lightly browned.
  • Let cool completely before cutting and serving. It can be placed in the fridge to cool down faster. Store bars covered at room temperature or in the fridge.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Caramel Apple Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 326 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 20mg7%
Sodium 215mg9%
Potassium 151mg4%
Carbohydrates 62g21%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 43g48%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 297IU6%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 46mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Disclaimer: All nutrition facts on Gluten Free & More are meant only as a guide and may differ depending on product brands used or ingredient substitutions. Some errors may occur, so you are encouraged to confirm the recipe’s ingredient and nutrition suitability for your own diet.
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Tags: Apples Bars Caramel Fall Shay Ryan
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