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Almond Flour Apple Cider Crumb Bars

These Almond Flour Apple Cinder Crumb Bars taste just like the classics, but sans gluten! Buttery almond shortbread crust is filled with an apple cider filing, with more crumble on top, and finished with an apple cider glaze.

If you’re looking for more naturally gluten free fall treats, try some of my other favorites like my Vegan Snickers Bars, The Best Gluten Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies, or my Dark Chocolate Coconut Cups.

almond flour apple cider crumb bars

Why You'll Love This Recipe

You will love this recipe for Almond Flour Apple Cider Crumb Bars because it is a naturally gluten free dessert that even gluten lovers will enjoy! Around the holidays it can be difficult to adhere to everyone’s diets, so if you have gluten free friends or family, then this is the perfect recipe to make that everyone will love!

My friend in Bishop has a huge apple tree at his house. Every year, he brings me boxes of apples, and I make him Dutch Apple Pie. He has a new girlfriend and she’s gluten free. So, he asked me to make something gluten free for her this year in addition to his pie. So, I came up with these Almond Flour Apple Cider Crumb Bars! They are insanely delicious and they are naturally gluten free. If you are a fan of my Lemon Cranberry Crumb Bars or my Lemon Ginger Crumb Bars, then you will love these too (even if you eat gluten, like me!).

Every year I make a recipe using apple cider. Martinelli’s makes the best Organic Apple Cider and Organic Sparkling Apple Cider. So it’s just a little tradition that I have where I make a recipe using it each year. It reminds me to enjoy this seasonal ingredient! In the past I’ve made Sparkling Apple Cider Donuts, Sparkling Apple Cider Bourbon, and Sparkling Apple Cider Mimosas.

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Ingredients for Almond Flour Apple Cider Crumb Bars

Food to Live Organic Almond Flour

Organic Valley Salted Butter

Homemade Organic Light Brown Sugar

Food to Live Organic Coconut Flour

Wholesome Organic Cane Sugar

Organic Raw Honey

Frontier Co-Op Organic Korintje Cinnamon

Frontier Co-Op Organic Cloves

Organic Apple Cider

Organic Apples, I used a dark red apple, I'm not sure the variety as it came from my friends tree, any apples you like will be delicious!

Tools Needed

Digital Food Scale

Stand Mixer

Kana Sustainable 8-Inch Cake Pan (use code MIMIBAKES for 10% off Kana, they are my favorite sustainable cake pans!)

Parchment Paper (use code MIMIBAKES for 10% off Kana, my favorite non toxic parchment paper!)

almond flour apple cider crumb bars

How to Make Apple Cider Crumb Bars

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line an 8-inch round cake pan with parchment paper.

Step 2

To make the crust & topping: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the almond flour, coconut flour, light brown sugar, cane sugar, honey, cinnamon, and cloves. Mix to combine completely.

Step 3

With the mixer on low, slowly pour in the melted butter and let it combine completely. Reserve about ⅓ of the mixture for the topping (you can just eyeball it) and set that aside.

Step 4

Press the remaining shortbread mixture into the prepared pan evenly. Bake for 15 minutes.

Step 5

To make the filling: Slice the apples into thin slices. I like to leave skins on, but if you want to remove them, it’s up to you. Set aside.

Step 6


In a large skillet, add the apples, cane sugar, apple cider. Put over medium heat and allow the sugar to melt into the apple cider.

Step 7

Allow mixture to simmer until the apple cider and sugar has reduced, and you have a thicker syrup that coats the apples. Set aside.

Step 8

When the crust is done baking, remove it from the oven and add the apples on top of the crust, leaving any liquid behind. Crumble the remaining topping on top.

Step 9

Return to the oven and bake for another 27 to 30 minutes, or until the topping looks golden brown and dry. Allow to cool in the pan completely. (If you're baking at high altitude, be sure to check the Notes at the bottom of the recipe for high altitude instructions.)

Step 10

To make the glaze: In a small bowl, add the powdered sugar and apple cider and whisk to combine completely. Drizzle the glaze over the top of the bars.

almond flour apple cider crumb bars

Tips for Almond Flour Apple Cider Crumb Bars

• I use an 8-inch cake pan for these bars as I wanted them to be triangles instead of the traditional squares. But, if you want to use an 8-inch square pan, you can do that too! I used the Kana Stainless Steel 8-inch Cake Pan, which is also sustainable! Use code MIMIBAKES for 10% off your order.

• Make sure to use parchment paper for easier removal, if you are using a round pan or square pan. My favorite nontoxic parchment paper is Kana, use code MIMIBAKES for 10% off your order.

• I like to make these in the evening and let them set overnight so the glaze can set. If you do this, you can just leave them out on the counter and then cut them up the following day.

• Make sure to store these in a cool dry place. I like to just leave out on the counter on a platter for a few days as we eat them!

almond flour apple cider crumb bars

FAQ's

Can I make these vegan?

Yes, if you want to make these vegan, just replace the butter with your favorite vegan butter.

Can I make this ahead of time?

Yes, this is a great dessert to make ahead of time. Crumb bars are made of shortbread crust, which is a great dessert to make head of time as it's best kept out at room temperature, so it's fine to make ahead and leave out overnight.

How should I store these?

These shortbread bars with a crumble topping should be stored in a cool dry place. The best way to store these is just out on the counter on a plate while you enjoy them for a couple days.

Why use organic ingredients in this recipe? You all know I’m a huge organic advocate, and I bet you may be thinking sometimes, Why would I even bother to use organic ingredients in something that is so sweet and indulgent? But, that is the exact reason why you should use organic ingredients! Sweet things need to have flavor in order to be good, otherwise they are just sweet and they don’t taste like much else. Organic ingredients are more pure than conventional ones, therefore they actually have more flavor than the non organic options. Say it with me, organic means more flavor! And not just more flavor but a more true and pure flavor. And organic ingredients are much healthier for you to eat in general as they do not contain GMOs or anything artificial. Plus, you are being environmentally friendly when you choose organic ingredients!

So, I highly recommend that you buy the best organic ingredients for this recipe! You can also shop my Amazon Storefront for all my favorite organic ingredients here. Tip – hover over each ingredient to see the name. And if you want to learn more about organic foods and the difference, read my post here on Food Labels and What They Mean.

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Almond Flour Apple Cider Crumb Bars

Mimi Council
Naturally gluten free, these Almond Flour Apple Cider Crumb Bars have an almond flour crust, crumble topping and are filled with apples simmered in apple cider.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Makes 8 bars
Calories 588 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

Crust Topping

Filling

Glaze

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line an 8-inch round cake pan with parchment paper.
  • To make the crust topping: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the almond flour, coconut flour, light brown sugar, cane sugar, honey, cinnamon, and cloves. Mix to combine completely.
  • With the mixer on low, slowly pour in the melted butter and let it combine completely. Reserve about ⅓ of the mixture for the topping (you can just eyeball it) and set that aside.
  • Press the remaining shortbread mixture into the prepared pan evenly. Bake for 15 minutes.
  • To make the filling: Slice the apples into thin slices. I like to leave skins on, but if you want to remove them, it’s up to you. Set aside.
  • 
In a large skillet, add the apples, cane sugar, apple cider. Put over medium heat and allow the sugar to melt into the apple cider.
  • Allow mixture to simmer until the apple cider and sugar has reduced, and you have a thicker syrup that coats the apples. Set aside.
  • When the crust is done baking, remove it from the oven and add the apples on top of the crust, leaving any liquid behind. Crumble the remaining topping on top.
  • Return to the oven and bake for another 27 to 30 minutes, or until the topping looks golden brown and dry. Allow to cool in the pan completely.
  • To make the glaze: In a small bowl, add the powdered sugar and apple cider and whisk to combine completely. Drizzle the glaze over the top of the bars.
  • Cut into 8 bars.
  • Store in a cool dry place for up to 3 days.

Video

YouTube video

Notes

High Altitude – Bake the crust at 350°F for 12 minutes. Fill and add topping per the instructions, then bake again for 25 to 28 minutes, or until the topping is golden brown and dry.

Nutrition

Calories: 588kcalCarbohydrates: 77gProtein: 7gFat: 31gSaturated Fat: 13gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 46mgSodium: 162mgPotassium: 100mgFiber: 7gSugar: 65gVitamin A: 562IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 76mgIron: 1mg
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