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vegan apple bars with caramel frosting

Vegan Apple Bars with Caramel Frosting

These apple bars are soft and have chocolate chips in them. They are covered with a delicious caramel frosting. Paleo, Vegan, and Gluten-Free.
Course Dessert
Cuisine vegan
Keyword apple, bars, caramel, vegan
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 9 slices
Calories 320 kcal


Apple Bars

  • 1/2 cup almond butter 120 grams, 4.2 oz
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil room temperature or melted (52 grams, 1.8 oz)
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar 85 grams, 3 oz
  • 1/4 cup applesauce 60 grams, 2 oz
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground flax seed
  • 1 tablespoon of water
  • 1 cup brown rice flour or any flour of preference (166 grams, 5.5 oz)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup chopped apples

Caramel Frosting

  • 3/4 cup pitted dates 90 grams, 3 oz, 6 dates
  • 2 tablespoons almond milk yogurt or any dairy free yogurt
  • 1 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1/2 tablespoon almond milk or more


Apple Bars

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350F. Line a 8x8” pan with parchment paper
  2. Mix flax seeds with water and set aside for 5 minutes to thicken.
  3. Mix the almond butter and coconut oil in a bowl. Whisk until incorporated.
  4. Add coconut sugar and whisk.
  5. Add apple sauce and vanilla extract.
  6. Add flax seed and water mixture.
  7. Mix brown rice flour, baking soda, and cinnamon powder together. Add chocolate chips and chopped apples to the batter. Mix until incorporated.
  8. Pour batter onto prepared pan.
  9. Bake on pre-heated oven for 15-20 minutes, until the top looks set and a deep golden.

Caramel Frosting

  1. If your dates are hard, make sure to soak them in water for a while before using.
  2. In a small blender, combine dates, almond milk yogurt, and almond butter. Basically everything but the milk.
  3. Blend for a bit. Add the tablespoon of milk if the mixture is too thick.
  4. Blend mixture for a couple of minutes until smooth, making sure to scrape the sides in between.
  5. If the mixture is still too thick, add just a bit more milk, as necessary.

To assemble

  1. Simply spread the top of the apple bars with the caramel frosting before slicing. Decorate the top with sliced apples and chocolate chips.


  1. Keep them in the refrigerator, covered, for up to 4 days.
Nutrition Facts
Vegan Apple Bars with Caramel Frosting
Amount Per Serving
Calories 320
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.