Friday, February 4, 2011

Apple Pie Bars

I have to start this post off by pointing out that my last recipe post involved healthier fats and was free of refined sugars. For the month of January I refrained from all refined sugar and a few times made some agave or maple syrup based treats instead. I didn't miss sugar once,not even close. Well the other night to celebrate my whole month, I had a donut. A delicious, lemon filled donut. And it was GOOD. I should also mention (and it could be a complete coincidence) that I woke up with a headache the next morning. Ha! It was worth it. Unless its a personal conviction or for health issues, I think everyone should indulge once in awhile. Some things are just too delicious to miss out on, and part of taking care of yourself and being healthy is not depriving yourself all of the time.



With that being said I introduce you to a very sugar filled, very not healthy, VERY delicious treat. For about five(ish) months last year I baked for a farmer's market and this is one thing I made a few times. I'm going to start sharing more of the recipes I'd use, that was definitely good time for figuring out what works and what doesn't! These are so, so good. I don't think I can stress this point enough! They taste a whole lot like apple pie, but the prep time is like 15 minutes...total!


Apple Pie Bars
(based on this recipe)

Ingredients
  • 2 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • pinch of ground cloves
  • 1 stick of butter, softened
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 TBSP of vanilla
  • 2 apples, cored and diced (don't bother peeling them& granny smith is best, but any variety will do!)

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray.

In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, and spices.
In a large bowl (or your stand mixer) beat butter and sugars together until light&fluffy.
Add in eggs one at a time on low speed until completely mixed together and smooth.
Add in a little flour mixture at a time on low, mix until all of the flour is incorporated.
The dough will be super thick, more like the consistency of cookie dough so don't worry if its hard to mix!
Stir in apple chunks.

Spread dough evenly into your greased pan, you can use a spatula to help get it even or I just sprayed my hands with a little of the nonstick spray and flattened everything out that way.

Bake for 30-35 minutes, it will be a yummy golden brown looking.
Let cool completely before cutting into them.
Try not to eat them all in one sitting.


If you wanted to go EXTRA wild...imagine a scoop of ice cream on top and a caramel sauce drizzled on top of that....yummmmmmmm. Kill me now!

14 comments:

  1. Hello, I'm teeny and newish to your blog. That recicpe looks sooooooooooo delicious and easy. I'm totally going to try it. I've considered eliminating refined sugar from my diet, but as yet haven't tried. I'm curious as to if you're going to continue this as a life style change or if it was just for a month? I eliminated dairy for 2 weeks once and really missed milk chocolate the most!

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  2. yyuummmmmm. Can't wait to have a crack at this. I've been baking mad lately, cant wait to eat this..wish it was hear now

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  3. Oh, this looks delicious. We're having a bake sale at my church this weekend. I want to make these along with my healthier dessert, Walnut Macaroons. You're right, you shouldn't deprive yourself all of the time :)

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  4. This recipe was so so. I cut the white sugar to half a cup and it was still super sweet. I think there is too much flour in this recipe. You also forgot to add the vanilla extract in the recipe instructions so I forgot to put it in as well. I might try it again with the flour and sugar amounts tweaked.

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  5. Delicious! Thanks for the recipe. I made them and they were gone in 2 days (with a little help).
    I love your blog! I'm sad I got into it right before you are heading on the road. Enjoy traveling :)

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  6. Do you think I can bake them and then freeze them?

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  7. Delicious! Thanks for the recipe. I made them and they were gone in 2 days (with a little help).
    I love your blog! I'm sad I got into it right before you are heading on the road. Enjoy traveling :)

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  8. Oh, this looks delicious. We're having a bake sale at my church this weekend. I want to make these along with my healthier dessert, Walnut Macaroons. You're right, you shouldn't deprive yourself all of the time :)

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  9. A good snack to eat, especially when you're on the go, due to its bite-sized sweetness that will keep your energy level up all day! But the bars being easy to prepare, you can even manage to make a lot to share with your friends.

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  10. WOW! These look awesome!! Your food photography is so wonderful. These sound like a real treat, but dont have too much bad stuff in them.. huge bonus!
    Much love, Girls Who Like to Gorge xx

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  11. This looks delish!! Pinned ya on Pinterest!

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