Friday, October 24, 2014

Nutty Apple Crumble Bars- Lightened Up!

We finally made our way to the apple orchard last weekend and after scavenging for over an hour, we managed to find 10 or so decent sized apples... pretty disappointing compared to most apple orchards this time of year so, I may have to hit up another one soon to get a better variety. However, what we did find are delicious so I decided to change up one of my go-to apple crumb bar recipes! On its own, this recipe is delicious but I was craving something a little more, the original recipe can be found here, take a look around her blog too, her recipes are delicious!

Please excuse the horrible quality of the photos, 90% of our stuff is still packed from the move and somewhere in there, my camera is buried so I just snapped some quick photos with my phone. Now let's get down to the good stuff, shall we?

Nutty Apple Crumble Bars- Lightened Up!

Crumble
  • 3 c. whole wheat flour OR (1.5 c. whole wheat flour & 1/5 c. all purpose flour)
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 c. cold butter- chopped (if using all whole wheat flour, you made want to add an additional 2 tbsp. of butter)
  • 1/4 c. almond milk (or any milk you prefer) 
  • 1/2 c. chopped walnuts
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp. all-spice

Filling
  • 4 c. peeled and chopped apples (roughly 4 apples, I suggest 2 Honeycrisp OR Gala AND 2 Granny Smith to get a mix of sweet and tart)
  • 1/3 c. honey OR 1/3 c. brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. corn starch
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • splash of lemon juice
Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees, spray 8x8 baking dish and set aside. Mix the first five ingredients together, slowly add chopped butter with fork or pastry blender until you get a course texture that crumbles, mix in milk with fork or pastry blender, press 1/3 of mixture firmly into bottom of baking dish (roughly 2 cups). Mix all ingredients for filling, pour on top of bottom crumble. With remaining crumble add chopped walnuts, cinnamon, nutmeg, and all-spice and top the filling, press the crumble down firmly. Bake for 45 minutes until bubbly. Once baked, let cool for at least 30 minutes.


These Nutty Apple Crumble Bars are fantastic alone or with vanilla ice cream added (but what isn't better with ice cream?) While I recommend waiting at least 30 minutes, I've found these bars get better as they set so the longer, the better. Store covered.

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