Apple Bars with Maple, Cream Cheese Frosting

This is my variation on FitFoodieFinds recipe! As you know, I’ve already posted several apple recipes. Luckily, with the discovery of the past 3 recpies, I can say my apple repertoire has officially expanded! I love this recipe not only because of the fresh chunks of apples it call for, but because it calls for  my homemade applesauce as well! [not to mention this batch, was made gluten free!]

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Wet Ingredients:
-1 cup of applesauce
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-1 egg [large]
-3 TBS coconut oil [partially melted]
-1/2 cup, unsweetened almond milk

Dry Ingredients:
-1 cup all-purpose, gluten free flour
-1/2 cup oat flour
-1/2 white rice flour
-1/2 cup coconut sugar
-1 tsp ground cinnamon
-1 tsp baking soda
-2 apples, peeled, cored, and thinly chopped

Frosting Ingredients:
-8 oz. low-fat cream cheese
-6 oz. plain greek yogurt
-4 TBS maple syrup
-a lil’ bit of brown sugar and a sprinkle of cinnamon

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In a large mixing bowl combine all the dry ingredients, EXCEPT for the apple chops.

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I didn’t have oat flour, so I took a 1/2 cup of steel cut oats, and blended them in my nutribullet.

Next, add all of the wet ingredients to your dry ingredients in a stand mixer. alternate between speeds 2-4 until ingredients are all fully incorporated. Then add you apple chunks, folding them gently into the batter.

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Spray a 9×11 pan with coconut oil, or some other non-stick spray. Pour mixture into your pan and bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

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For the frosting: mix all ingredients in mixer on high, until light and fluffy, and all ingredients have been fully incorporated. Do not smear this delicious frosting on your bars, until they have completely cooled.

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Final touch: sprinkle some of that brown sugar on top, and add a little bit more cinnamon! The brown sugar may start to melt on top, depending on how cool your bars and the frosting are.

[For a more guilt free version: you may forego the brown sugar…]

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I recommend keeping these bars in the fridge if they are not all to be consumed in a day! Enjoy!

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