Healthy Apple Cinnamon Crumb Bars are a tasty fall treat made gluten free, dairy free and low calorie! They taste like a slice of apple pie in a bar. Gluten Free + Vegan + Low Calorie
This recipe is from 2015 and has been updated for you!
Apple pie is my favorite fall dessert! There's something so delicious about warm apples mixed with cinnamon, sugar and flour.
That's probably why I have so many apple dessert recipes on this website - apple yogurt pancakes, paleo apple pie, healthy apple crisp and oatmeal apple cookies. They's some of my most popular recipes!
Now I'm adding healthy apple cinnamon crumb bars to the list!
What Makes These Apple Cinnamon Crumb Bars Healthy?
This Healthy Apple Cinnamon Crumb Bar recipe is based on my super popular Lemon Yogurt Bars. Those are great during the summer months, but during the fall this apple cinnamon crumb bar recipe hits the spot. It's also dairy free, gluten free and lower calorie.
Here's more reasons why I love this low calorie apple crumb bar recipe!
- Low Calorie - Only 265 calories per bar. I cut mine into 12 bars. You can do 9 and the calories will still only be around 300 which is very low for a dessert recipe.
- High Protein - 6 grams of protein per bar. Protein is important even with dessert recipes to help balance the sugar content. Sugar is not bad, it's about balance!
- High Fiber - Each bar contains 4 grams of fiber. Most dessert recipes lack fiber, but the almond flour, apples, oat flour and oats contribute the high fiber content of this recipe. Fiber is important to having a balanced and healthy diet!
- Egg Free - Having an egg allergy myself, I know how hard it can be to find egg free dessert recipes. This one is!
- Dairy Free - This recipe is dairy free.
- Gluten Free - This recipe is gluten free. You can use regular oat flour and oats though if you are not gluten free.
Ingredients For Healthy Low Calorie Apple Crumb Bars
- Coconut Oil
- Almond Flour
- Gluten Free Oat Flour
- Gluten Free Rolled Oats
- Coconut Sugar
- Sea Salt
- Slivered Almonds
See the substitutions section below for substitutions you can make on this recipe. You won't be able to substitute the flours, but you can certainly substitute them for regular oat flour or rolled oats if you're not gluten free!
How To Make Healthy Apple Crumb Bars
Here's the steps for making healthy apple cinnamon crumb bars gluten free!
Step One - Preheat oven to 200 F. Prepare your baking pan by spraying it with cooking spray or lining with parchment paper.
Step Three - Add the oil and vinegar to the well. Disperse the flour mixture into the well until everything is fully incorporated.
Step Four - Remove 2/3 of the batter and press it evenly into the bottom of the baking pan.
Step Five - Add an even layer of the apples on top.
Step Six - Sprinkle the remainder of the flour mixture on top for the crumb then add the slivered almonds on top.
Step Seven - Baking 30 minutes at 200 F.
Step Eight - Cool the bars in the pan 30 minutes before slicing into bars.
How To Serve Apple Cinnamon Crumb Bars
These bars are best made ahead of time as they require 30 minutes after baking to cool. They also set up well after being refrigerated 2-3 hours.
Serving - These apple crumble bars taste delicious topped with Rediwhip, dairy free whipped cream or even ice cream. You can serve the bars cold or you can warm them slightly for 30 seconds in the microwave. It's like a mini piece of apple pie!
How To Store Gluten Free Apple Cinnamon Crumb Bars
Healthy Apple Crumb Bars should be stored in the refrigerator. They last up to 5 days in an airtight container.
- Reheating - Microwave 30 seconds to slightly warm the bar and serve or you can serve them cold!
- Freezing - These bars freeze nicely in a storage container or plastic storage bag. I would recommend freezing up to 30 days.
Substitutions For Healthy Apple Cinnamon Crumb Bars
Here's the substitutions I recommend for this healthy apple bar recipe. As I mentioned above, the flours cannot be substituted but you can swap for non-gluten free flours if you are not gluten free. Remember if you do change the other ingredients, that the nutritional values will change from what you see in the recipe card at the end of the blog post.
- Coconut Oil - Extra virgin olive oil can be used since the baking temperature is only 200 F. You can also substitute another oil.
- Apples - I used Gala apples for this recipe. Any apple you enjoy will work. You want a variety that sweeter so Red Delicious and green apples wouldn't be best for this recipe. Pears would also be a good substitute for apples.
- Coconut Sugar - You can use brown sugar, monk fruit or another dry sugar substitute. Honey and maple syrup will not work.
- Apple Cider Vinegar - You can substitute white vinegar, but the vinegar itself should not be omitted for best results.
- Almond Flour - This cannot be substituted.
- Gluten Free Oat Flour - You can use regular oat flour instead of gluten free, but the oat flour cannot be substituted. You can make the oat flour by adding oats to a food processor and blending.
- Gluten Free Rolled Oats - You can use regular rolled oats instead of gluten free, but I do not recommend omitting the oats or swapped for quick oats.
- Slivered Almonds - These can be omitted or substituted with another nut or seed.
More Healthy Apple Dessert Recipes
- Healthy Almond Flour Apple Pie
- Healthy Apple Peanut Butter Oat Cookies
- Apple Greek Yogurt Pancakes
- Healthy Apple Crisp
Apple Cinnamon Crumb Bars
- Preheat oven 200 F. Prepare an 8x8 baking pan by lightly spraying it with nonstick cooking spray or use a nonstick pan
- In a mixing bowl combine flours, oats, sugar, cinnamon and salt and mix to disperse evenly. Then make a well in the flour.
- To the well, add the coconut oil and vinegar. Disperse flour mixture into the liquid until absorbed by the flour mixture.
- Remove 2/3 of the batter and press it evenly on the bottom of the baking pan.
- Add even layer of the cubed apples on top of the batter.
- With the remainder of the dough, sprinkle crumbs of the dough on top for the crumb and add slivered almonds on top.
- Bake 30 minutes at 200 F.
- Allow the bars to cool in the pan 30 minutes before slicing into bars.