Salted Caramel Apple Pie Bars

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Ready for a healthier, easier, and tastier take on traditional apple pie? Meet my salted caramel apple pie bars! These bars are gluten free, grain free, paleo and refined sugar free. They’re made up of a soft shortbread crust, filled with a sweet apple cinnamon filling, topped with a crumbly streusel topping, and drizzled with a homemade salted caramel sauce. They are almost too good to be true!

How many servings does this recipe make?

I usually cut these bars into 16 squares so I would say they serve 16!

apple pie bars close up
What ingredients will I need to make these bars?

You’ll need just 8 simple ingredients to make these bars, they’re so easy!

  • almond flour
  • sea salt
  • cinnamon
  • apples
  • coconut oil
  • pure maple syrup
  • pure vanilla extract
  • cashew butter
I am allergic to nuts, what else can I use?

If you’re allergic to nuts, you can try replacing the almond flour with oat flour, the coconut oil with vegan or grass fed butter, and the nut butter with a seed butter (like sesame seed butter or sunflower seed butter). The nut/seed butter is only used in the caramel sauce so you could also just omit the caramel entirely. If you try using oat flour in this recipe, I would recommend adding an additional 1-2 TBS of oil/butter to the crust and topping so it’s not too hard. Please note I have not tried this recipe with any of these substitutions!

What if I don’t have cashew butter?

If you don’t have cashew butter for the caramel, you can use any other nut or seed butter you prefer like almond butter, peanut butter, walnut butter, hazelnut butter, or sunflower seed butter. I personally find cashew butter tastes the most like caramel.

apple pie bars overhead shot
How do I serve these bars?

I like to serve these bars chilled, but you can warm them before serving if preferred!

Why apple pie bars and not apple pie?

I personally am not a huge fan of apple pie (tragic, I know), so I decided to try a new spin on apple pie. This recipe is also super simple since you do not need to make a pie crust! I also love that this recipe is naturally gluten and grain free, which is sometimes hard to achieve with a traditional apple pie. If you love apple pie, I highly recommend you give this recipe a try – it just might become your new favorite!

Looking for more pies?

Some some of my other pies and pie alternatives below!

Ready to make these salted caramel apple pie bars?

3 from 2 votes

Salted Caramel Apple Pie Bars

Servings 16
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes


For the Shortbread Crust

  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp salt

For the Apple Filling

  • 2 large apples, peeled and thinly sliced (or 3 small apples)
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

For the Cinnamon Streusel

  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt

For the Caramel Sauce

  • 2 tbsp cashew butter
  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt (if using unsalted nut/seed butter)


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and line an 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper. While the oven preheats, mix together the crust ingredients until a smooth mixture forms.
  • Place the crust in your prepared baking dish and use a piece of parchment paper to press it down and spread it out evenly across the bottom of the pan. Make sure it touches all of the corners of the pan. Bake the crust for 10-15 minutes, until golden brown.
  • While the crust is baking, prepare the apple filling: mix together the apple slices and cinnamon in a large bowl until the apples are fully coated with cinnamon.
  • Once the crust has baked for 10 minutes, let it cool for 5 minutes. Once the crust has cooled, layer the crust with the apple slices. Make sure the entire crust is evenly covered with apple slices.
  • Next, prepare the streusel topping: mix together the almond flour, coconut oil, maple syrup, and salt until a crumbly mixture forms. Once the streusel topping is ready, sprinkle it over the apple slices, evenly coating them with topping.
  • Place the apple pie bars back in the oven and bake for 35 minutes. After baking, let the bars cool on the stovetop for several hours.
  • While the bars cool, prepare the caramel sauce: add the cashew butter, maple syrup, vanilla extract, water, and sea salt to a small saucepan and heat it over low heat until the mixture begins to bubble, stirring frequently. Once the mixture beings to bubble, remove it from the heat and let it cool completely. You can also heat the mixture in the microwave if preferred.
  • Drizzle the warm caramel sauce over the bars and sprinkle with sea salt. Once the bars have cooled completely, place them in the refrigerator for several hours to chill before serving. Serve chilled!
  • Store bars in the refrigerator for 3-5 days.


Course: Dessert
Diet: Gluten Free, Grain Free, Refined Sugar Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Vegan, Paleo
Keyword: Apple Pie Bars, Gluten Free Apple Pie Bars, Gluten Free Salted Caramel Apple Pie Bars, Salted Caramel Apple Pie, Vegan Salted Caramel Apple Pie Bars

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  1. Can I use almond butter in place of the cashew butter?

    1. Hi Miranda! Yes, you can absolutely use almond butter in place of the cashew butter. That will be delicious!

  2. can we use regular flour or wheat flour in place of almond flour?

    1. Hi! I am not sure…. If you do try to use regular or wheat flour, you may need to add a bit more liquid/oil to the crust so it is still soft and flakey! It’s worth a shot!

  3. Is there a reason why you say serve cold? Can you serve warm with ice cream?!

    1. You can certainly serve warm! They would be delicious with ice cream, great idea!

  4. Have you froze these and served at a later time? How did they fare?

    1. Yes, I have! It works pretty well! The crust gets a little soft, but other than that, they hold together pretty nicely.

  5. 1 star
    Sadly this recipe just did not work out for me; instead of being crumbly, the crust and streusel were doughy and heavy, the caramel straight-up didn’t even emulsify, and the flavours were not harmonious as a final product, which was disappointing. This seemed like such a sure thing!

    Would be more helpful in future to have grams or ounces listed in the recipe: 1.5 cups really doesn’t illuminate things for a global audience.

    1. I am so sorry to hear the recipe did not turn out for you! I have received a lot of positive feedback on this recipe, but I am sorry to hear it did not turn out well for you. I will definitely consider listing measurements in grams or ounces in the future – that is a great idea!

  6. Jenny Alex says:

    5 stars
    Love these! What’s the nutrition info for this recipe?

    1. Hi! I am not sure, but you can use Whisk nutrition calculator to easily figure out! You just input the recipe link and servings. Here’s the link for that:

  7. Hi! Could I use peanut butter for this recipe? Thank you for sharing!

    1. That will work! It will taste different, but it should still be delicious!

  8. Can you use regular butter instead of cashew butter?

    1. I haven’t tried, so I am not sure!

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