Count me in for any dessert that tastes like apple pie, with a fraction of the effort. These loaded caramel apple pie bars are so, so good and the perfect for whatever holiday celebration you’re having this year.
As a registered dietitian, I often get asked on my feelings regarding dessert. Can I have dessert everyday? Should I choose the healthier dessert option if I’ve craving sweets? As someone who loves chocolate and buttercream frosting as much as I do broccoli, I understand the desire to make treats part of a healthy lifestyle.
It may surprise you that even as a nutritionist, I don’t always recommend the healthier option. Yes, there are ways to make treats a little more wholesome: subbing in whole-wheat pastry flour, switching to natural sweeteners, and so on. However, it’s also completely OK to enjoy the real thing. Real sugar, regular flour, butter and all.
These caramel apple pie bars are a happy marriage of both philosophies. A flour, oat and walnut crust stuffed with rich, caramel apple filling and baked to golden perfection. For an extra layer of delicious decadence, warm Litehouse’s Old Fashioned Caramel Dip to drizzle on top.
If you’re a fan of caramel apples, then you’re going to love this sweet combo. Litehouse® Old Fashioned Caramel dip has a rich, creamy flavor that’s perfect on these apple pie bars. Enjoy leftovers drizzled on ice cream or as a dip for fresh apples and pears.
To take full advantage of the creamy texture of the caramel dip, make sure to dip before drizzling. Place caramel into a microwave-safe container, then heat in the microwave for 30-60 seconds, stirring halfway through. Scoop warmed caramel dip with a spoon, then hover over the bars and drizzle on. Let cool slightly, then slice and enjoy!
I hope you love these caramel apple pie bars as much as my family does! They are the perfect sweet treat to end the day with, yet fancy enough to be served at a family holiday gathering. These bars also freeze well; place cut bars on a parchment-lined baking sheet, then freeze until hardened. Transfer to a freezer-safe bag or container where they will keep for 3-4 months.