Paleo Apple Pie Bars
 
Ingredients
Single Pie Crust (adapted from Elana's Pantry):
  • 1-1/2 cup almond flour
  • ½ cup tapioca flour
  • 3 tbsp lard, chiled
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp water
  • ½ tsp sweetener of choice
  • ½ tsp sea salt
Apple Filling:
  • 3 cups diced apples, peeled and cored (about 3-4 apples)
  • ⅓ cup tapioca flour
  • 1-1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • pinch of allspice
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • zest + juice of 1 lemon
  • ½ cup water
  • scant ½ cup sweetener of choice - honey, maple syrup, coconut or maple sugar
Streusel Topping:
  • heaping ½ cup walnuts
  • ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut flakes
  • ¼ cup almond flour
  • ¼ cup maple sugar (coconut sugar works too, but, is deeper in color & richer in flavor. I prefer the color & taste of maple sugar.)
  • 3 tbsp butter, lard, or coconut oil, chilled
  • ¾ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Pulse all pie crust ingredients in food processor until dough ball forms. Press into a parchment lined 8x8 dish. Grease parchment & set aside.
  3. Add all streusel ingredients to food processor and pulse until crumbly. Set aside.
  4. Toss apples in dry filling ingredients - tapioca, spices & salt.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk wet filling ingredients together - vanilla, lemon zest + juice, water & sweetener. Pour over apples and toss until well combined.
  6. Place apple mixture in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring frequently.
  7. Cook for 5-8 minutes until thickened and caramelized.
  8. Pour onto crust and evenly spread streusel topping over top.
  9. Bake for 30-35 mins until edges are bubbling and streusel is golden brown.
Recipe by Merit + Fork at http://meritandfork.com/paleo-apple-pie-bars/