These Gluten-Free Cranberry Apple Crumble Bars are a delicious alternative to holiday pie. Easy recipe that is vegan and refined sugar-free!
A couple things of note happened in the last week or so. First, and I’m sorry for again talking baseball, but the Royals won the World Series (!!) and the parade to celebrate ended up being something our city has never seen. Estimates have it that close to 800,000 people made it to downtown Kansas City that day. The old, industrial loft space that we bought this summer and have slowly been renovating sits right in the midst of where it all went down. Watching the masses make their way toward the parade route was a sight in itself. An unofficial holiday, school districts closed and business shut down for the afternoon. Somewhat reminiscent of scenes from The Walking Dead, cars were eventually left on the shoulders of the highway, in green spaces, and perched on curbs.
It was crazy and wonderful and ridiculous. It was peaceful. It was family-friendly. It was community at its best. And I think if you ask anyone here, they’d tell you that was the real celebration.
The second thing, and really, its not of note to anyone but me and maybe my mom (hi, Mom), is that I turned another year older. The double-3’s that I am now representing has me slightly freaked out. This is mostly because I haven’t ever quite figured out what your early 30’s are supposed to feel like. But I suppose that’s the best scenario to have. No preconceived ideas of where you should be, what you should be doing, or what you can’t do anymore.
We’re attending an annual Friendsgiving feast this weekend, and I have been assigned dessert. These cranberry apple crumble bars are on my list to make and take. Somewhere between a crumble, a crisp, and pie, these bars come together easily. The hardest part of the recipe is waiting for the bars to chill, making them a perfect recipe to make the night before a holiday gathering. Ooey gooey and full of cinnamon spice, the bars are vegan, refined sugar-free, and pair oh-so-well with vanilla ice cream or coconut whipped cream.
Gluten-Free Cranberry Apple Crumble Bars Recipe
For the Filling
- 2 apples peeled and chopped (I used Granny Smith but any will do)
- 1 cup fresh cranberries
- 1/3 cup coconut sugar
- 1 1/2 tablespoons tapioca starch
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup water
Grease a 8-inch or 9-inch square baking pan with coconut oil or spray. Line the bottom and sides with parchment paper. You want parchment to overhang on at least two sides. This will help you remove later. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
For filling: In a large saucepan, place the apples, cranberries, coconut sugar, 1 1/2 tablespoons tapioca starch, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Pour water over ingredients, stir, and bring to a boil. Once at a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 3 to 5 minutes until mixture thickens. Remove from heat and set aside to cool completely.
For batter: In a large bowl, whisk together sorghum flour, oat flour, tapioca starch, cinnamon, oats, and coconut sugar. Add coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Stir until mixture is evenly coated.
To assemble: Take half of the batter and press firmly into baking pan. Pour the cranberry apple filling over bottom layer and spread evenly. Add the remaining batter evenly over top and pat down lightly with your hands.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until the top starts to turn golden brown. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack until completely cool. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight. To slice, use overhanging parchment to remove from the pan and transfer to a cutting board. Slice into squares with a sharp knife. Reheat bars before serving if desired. Pairs well with vanilla ice cream or coconut whipped cream.