Healthy Apple Crumble Bars

Healthy apple crumble bars made with wholesome ingredients and fresh apples. You’ll love the cinnamon apple filling paired with the oatmeal crumble crust and topping! Vegan + gluten-free.

Are you guys ready for this recipe? I don’t think you are… it’s SO good! These apple crumble bars are amazing on their own but next level when paired with this date caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream. Trust me. I won’t admit how quickly these disappeared from our house. LOL! They’re the perfect fall dessert.

I based this recipe off my healthy blueberry crumble bars, which were a staple in the house this summer. I wanted a fall version with apples that was just as delicious and these bars totally hit the mark.

Stack of 4 apple crumble bars.

There are two main components to this recipe:

  1. The crumble crust and crumble topping. <– The cool part is that we’re able to use the same mixture for the crust and the topping.
  2. The apple filling in the middle. It’s loaded with cinnamony goodness.

Hand holding an apple crumble bar.

How to Make Apple Crumble Bars Healthy

Traditional apple crumble bars are loaded with butter and sugar, but this recipe makes them a bit healthier, vegan and gluten-free just by swapping a few simple ingredients.

We’re using fiber-filled rolled oats instead of flour, coconut oil instead of butter and only a 1/2 cup of coconut sugar for the whole recipe. And there’s also no added sugar in the apple filling either. Cooking the apples down with a little cinnamon makes them sweet enough without the need for extra sugar.

A picture of a pot with chopped apples and cinnamon to make an apple filling. Second photo is of the cooked apples being poured onto a crust in a glass baking dish.

As I mention in the recipe, the bars are much easier to cut and remove from the pan after cooling completely so don’t skip this step. I usually pop them in the fridge or freezer to speed up the process. I also recommend storing them in the fridge because the bars hold together better when cold and are so delicious straight from the fridge. They’re a real treat for breakfast, but also make for a great snack. There’s really no wrong time to serve them.

If you’re serving them for dessert and want them to be warm, you can cut and portion the bars right away… they just won’t hold together as well. When serving the bars warm, I highly recommend topping them with ice cream (use dairy-free ice cream, if needed) and my date caramel sauce. SO GOOD!!

Apple crumble bar on parchment paper.

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Hand holding an apple crumble bar.

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Hand holding an apple crumble bar.

Healthy Apple Crumble Bars


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 55 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 9

Description

Healthy apple crumble bars made with wholesome ingredients and fresh apples. You’ll love the cinnamon apple filling paired with the oatmeal crumble topping!


Ingredients

Crumble Crust and Topping
  • 2 cups rolled oats, divided
  • 7 Tablespoons coconut oil, room temperature/solid
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped pecans

Apple Filling

  • 3 cups diced apples
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 Tablespoon arrowroot powder or cornstarch

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a square (8×8) baking dish with parchment paper.
  2. Add apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, water and arrowroot powder into a saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat for about 15-20 minutes, stirring often and watching to make sure the mixture doesn’t burn. You’ll know it’s done when the mixture has thickened and the apples are soft, but still hold their shape. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla and set aside.
  3. Add 1 cup of oats to your food processor and process until oats turn into a fine oat flour.
  4. Add remaining cup of oats, coconut sugar, coconut oil and sea salt into the food processor and pulse until everything is combined and the size of coarse crumbs. Don’t over process the mixture, you want to be able to visibly see some of the oat flakes.
  5. Measure out 2/3 cup of the oatmeal crumble mixture for the topping into small bowl and stir in the chopped pecans.
  6. Use remaining oatmeal crumble mixture to create crust. Evenly press into the parchment lined baking dish using your hands.
  7. Pour apple filling on top and sprinkle the oatmeal + pecan crumble on top.
  8. Bake for 35-40 minutes until the bars are golden brown on top. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool completely. Be patient, if you don’t let them cool before removing them from the pan they will fall apart. I recommend putting them in the fridge or freezer to chill, about an hour or so.
  9. Once cool, cut into 9-12 bars and enjoy right away or chill longer in the fridge before serving. I personally like the bars chilled because they hold together better if you’re eating them as a snack.
  10. If you’re serving them for dessert, I recommend placing a portion into a bowl, warming in the microwave and topping with ice cream.
  11. Leftover bars will last 4-5 days in the fridge.
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 bar
  • Calories: 241
  • Sugar: 17g
  • Sodium: 130mg
  • Fat: 13g
  • Carbohydrates: 30g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 2g

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    29 comments
    1. Neha
      November 11, 2020 AT 8:03 pm

      Hey, Brittany. Love your recipes. Can’t wait to try this, but first 1 question – can I use brown sugar instead of coconut sugar?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 11, 2020 AT 8:24 pm

        Hey Neha – Yes, brown sugar should work just fine!

    2. Minoaka
      October 14, 2020 AT 6:04 pm

      Totally The best!!! Canʻt wait to eat!!

    3. Michelle braddock
      October 11, 2020 AT 8:47 pm

      I’m always “stalking” all your recipes. I finally dove in, and made this one! It’s wonderful! And was really easy too! I think I may try it with blueberries or even raspberries. 💜

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 12, 2020 AT 11:02 pm

        Stalk away, Michelle! 🙂 I’m so glad you got a chance to try this recipe and loved it. I do have this blueberry crumble bars recipe, which can totally be swapped out for raspberries instead.

    4. Tiffany
      October 7, 2020 AT 8:14 pm

      Delicious!! We couldn’t stop eating them.

    5. Alana
      October 7, 2020 AT 5:49 pm

      I made these and LOVED THEM! They didn’t last the day. However, I would like to find away to make them more bar-y…. I found they were not firm enough (bottom crusted nicely- but top was mushy)… Not something I could send as a “granola bar” replacement. Do you have any tips? Over all excellent taste though!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 7, 2020 AT 9:49 pm

        Hey Alana – So glad these bars were a hit! They’re not supposed to be firm on the top, it is supposed to be more of a crumble. If you’re looking for a granola bar recipe I have these apple granola bars you could try.

    6. Rachel
      August 10, 2020 AT 10:24 am

      Hello – Do you think it would be ok if I didn’t put the sugar in or would they fall apart?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 10, 2020 AT 9:44 pm

        Hey Rachel – I haven’t tested it, so I’m not entirely sure how the bars would turn out without the coconut sugar. Let me know if you try it and how they turn out for you. 🙂

    7. Alexis
      May 1, 2020 AT 2:02 pm

      I am not a baker at all but somehow when I use your recipes, it always turns out sooo good. This apple crumble bars was so good. My boyfriend loved it as well and kept asking me to make more haha thank you for these amazing recipes

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 1, 2020 AT 4:52 pm

        Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Alexis!! I’m so glad this apple crumble recipe is a hit. Thanks for trying it and for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. I so appreciate it!

    8. sara cook
      April 24, 2020 AT 11:30 am

      Hey I know it wouldn’t be totally healthy but what can I use instead of the coconut oil and coconut sugar? just regular vegetable oil and sugar? I have a ton of apples to get rid of and I want something fun for my kiddos. Thanks! Next time I’m at the store I’ll be sure to get the coconut staples 🙂

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 24, 2020 AT 2:15 pm

        Hey Sara! Yup, you can use vegetable oil (or butter) and regular sugar!

    9. Katie
      April 21, 2020 AT 7:58 pm

      Yum!!! Loved them cold/right out of the freezer!

    10. Carina
      March 1, 2020 AT 10:41 pm

      I always double the recipe because my family finishes it so quickly… I’ve made this about 5 times this season, I love the recipe very much 😌

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 2, 2020 AT 9:13 pm

        Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Carina!! I’m glad this recipe is a hit! Thanks for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. I so appreciate it. <3

    11. Meredith
      February 28, 2020 AT 11:26 am

      So yummy!! The apple and spices combined with the oatmeal crust is a winning combination!! We will be making them again soon at our house 🙂

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 28, 2020 AT 2:19 pm

        Yay!! So glad you enjoyed these bars, Meredith! Thanks for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. It means the world to me. <3

    12. Kathryn Kinser
      November 24, 2019 AT 9:38 pm

      These are out of this world! So simple and easy to make! Subbed walnuts since I didn’t have pecans in the house! SO YUMMY! 😋

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 25, 2019 AT 8:10 pm

        Woo-hoo! Thanks for trying my recipe, Kathryn. I’m so glad you enjoyed these bars. And thank you so much for leaving a comment and star rating. The reviews are super helpful to other readers, so I appreciate it. <3

    13. Shashank Mehta
      November 22, 2019 AT 6:25 am

      30g of Carbs & 2g of Proteins from this little bar is amazing. Those points which you have mentioned in this recipe are very useful. Thanks again & Keep Sharing.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 22, 2019 AT 6:27 pm

        Of course, I am glad they are helpful! 🙂 Thanks for coming back to leave a comment and star rating, I really appreciate it. <3

    14. Elly
      November 20, 2019 AT 11:30 am

      just made these this morning and WOWWW. love love loveee them. I replaced the coconut sugar with maple sugar and it was great.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 21, 2019 AT 5:04 pm

        YAY!! I am so happy to hear that, Elly! Thank you so much for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. It means the world to me. <3

    15. Cindy
      November 18, 2019 AT 8:20 pm

      I’m imagining this on some Greek yogurt for breakfast 😋 thanks, excited to try!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 19, 2019 AT 2:26 pm

        Yes, it’d be delicious with Greek yogurt. 🙂 Can’t wait to hear what you think!

    16. tamarque
      November 18, 2019 AT 8:36 am

      is your nutritional information based on 9 or 12 squares. that makes a big difference in the amount of carbs per portion.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 18, 2019 AT 11:31 am

        Hi Tamarque! It’s based on 9 bars.

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