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Apple Bread Bars (gluten free + vegan)

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  • Author: Katja Heino
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 9 servings 1x


Super moist and deliciously spiced apple bread bars . Gluten free and vegan. Loaded with chunks of sweet apples and drizzled with the best maple glaze.



For Apple Topping

  • 1/2 cup apples , peeled and chopped
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder

For Apple Cake Bars

  • 2 tbsp ground flax seeds (** see note)
  • 5 tbsp warm water
  • 1 cup gluten free oat flour
  • 3/4 cup almond flour 
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1/4 tsp ginger powder
  • 1/4 tsp cardamon or allspice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup apples, peeled and chopped

For Maple Glaze

  • 1/4 cup coconut butter
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • hot water


  1. Preheat oven to 350’F.  Line an 8×8 pan with parchment paper.
  2. To make apple topping, combine 1/2 cup chopped apples with coconut sugar and cinnamon.  Set aside.
  3. To make flax eggs, whisk together flax meal and warm water.  Set aside for 5 minutes to gel.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine oat flour, almond flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices, and salt.
  5. In a large bowl. whisk together apple sauce, coconut oil, coconut sugar, and vanilla extract.  Whisk in flax eggs. Add dry mixture to wet and stir until well incorporated.  Fold in 1 cup of chopped apples.
  6. Pour mixture into prepared baking pan. Spread apple topping over the top of mixture.  Bake for 35-40 minutes until edges are golden and toothpick comes out clean in center.
  7. Cool for 10 minutes in pan then then transfer to a wire wrack to cool completely before adding maple glaze.
  8. When apple bread bars are cool, prepare glaze by melting coconut butter and coconut oil in a small double boiler (I place a small glass bowl over a small pot). Whisk in 1 tablespoon of maple syrup. Taste and add more sweetener if necessary.  Don’t worry if it gets clumpy. Remove from heat and whisk in hot water 1 teaspoon at a time until glaze is smooth and glossy.  Keep whisking.  It will get there.
  9. Once glaze is creamy, smooth, and thin enough to drip,  drizzle or spoon over bars.  Allow glaze to harden before cutting into 9 even-sized bars.




I grind my own flax seeds in a coffee grinder as flax meal can go rancid pretty quickly. You can also buy pre-ground flax meal like this. 

I grind my own gluten free oats into a fine flour but you can also purchase it like this.