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Don’t let the holidays ruin your healthy habits! This yummy dessert can be made gluten free or vegan and is a healthier version of a fall favorite!

Apple Crumble Bars

1.5 cup whole-wheat pastry flour (you can also use white flour, spelt, or oat flour)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup coconut sugar, brown sugar, or sucanat
pinch stevia OR 1 additional tbsp brown sugar
1 1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup plus 3 tbsp grass fed butter (you can use a vegan alternative like Earth Balance)
2 tbsp milk (your choice – cow, almond, etc.)
2 cups peeled, chopped apple
2 tsp cornstarch or arrowroot
3 tbsp pure maple syrup or agave
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Mix  together the first eight ingredients listed. Smash the butter with a fork and break up really well so it will form crumbs. Put 2/3 of this mix into a 4×7, glass dish or small pan that you’ve oiled, and press it down firmly. In another bowl, mix the remaining ingredients. Layer them into the pan, then top with the rest of the first mixture and press down. Bake for 45 minutes at 350 F, then let cool for a half hour before you cut it into bars. For a crispy bar you can store uncovered. To keep them soft, just wrap in saran wrap! Yum!