Gluten-Free Caramel Apple Oat Squares Recipe

Gluten Free Caramel Apple Oat Squares Recipe

There is nothing not to like about apples and caramel. From caramel apples to apple tarts with caramel sauce – it is just a winning combination.

These gooey, soft, delectable Gluten Free Caramel Apple Oat Squares are just as winning, with a little bonus – they are packed with whole grain goodness and protein. They make for a sinfully delicious yet surprisingly wholesome way to start your day or have a quick pick me up in the afternoon.

These bars keep for a few days, stored in an airtight container in the fridge. Although I cannot guarantee they will last that long before being gobbled up.

Recipe Notes: For added protein and to help these bars stick together without flour, I used Sunbutter which keeps the recipe nut free. Make sure you use certified gluten free oats – even though oats don’t naturally contain gluten many brands are contaminated with wheat during processing. As always, use pure vanilla extract, not only is the flavor superior, some imitation extracts contain gluten. Dairy free substitutions are listed in the recipe.

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Gluten Free Caramel Apple Oat Squares Recipe

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time2 hrs 50 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16 pieces
Calories: 207kcal
Author: Carol Kicinski

Ingredients

Apple Oat Squares

  • Gluten free non-stick cooking spray
  • ¾ cup Creamy Sunbutter
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter or dairy free buttery sticks at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • cups gluten free rolled oats
  • ½ cup brown sugar packed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon kosher or fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 medium apples peeled, cored, and chopped

Caramel Sauce

  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter or dairy free butter
  • 2 tablespoons cream or full fat coconut milk

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Generously spray an 8 by 8 inch baking pan with cooking spray. Line the pan with parchment paper so that it hangs over the sides of the pan.
  • In a mixing bowl, stir together the Sunbutter, applesauce, ¼ cup butter, and lemon juice until smooth. Add the oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, and vanilla. Stir in the chopped apples. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Level the top with a spatula. Bake for 35 – 40 minutes or until golden brown and fairly firm (they will firm up more after cooling but will always be on the soft side).
  • Let cool to room temperature then refrigerate for 2 hours or up to a day ahead.
  • Remove the bars from the pan by lifting the parchment out. Place on a cutting board and cut into 16 squares.

Make the sauce:

  • In a small skillet or saucepan, mix all the sauce ingredients and cook over low heat, stirring,  until smooth and thickened - about 2 minutes. Drizzle over the top of the bars.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Caramel Apple Oat Squares Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 207 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 9mg3%
Sodium 83mg3%
Potassium 101mg3%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 130IU3%
Vitamin C 1.6mg2%
Calcium 33mg3%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  2. Ginger
    August 9, 2014

    My husband loves this! It’s one of his favorite breakfasts. Question… Do you think you could double this recipe and cook it in a larger pan?

    1. Carol Kicinski
      September 18, 2014

      Hi Ginger!
      Yes, as long as it stays the same thickness you might want to double check the middle part, it may have to cook a few minutes longer to cook completely through.
      Enjoy!
      Carol

  3. October 1, 2014

    Hi Carol,

    Your delicious recipe has been nominated as one of the “Top 100 Best Apple Recipes of 2014 for National Apple Month”. You and your readers can vote for it here: http://thefoodexplorer.com/fruit-2/100-delicious-apple-recipes-for-national-apple-month/ (position #88 – random order).

    Happy National Apple Month! :)

  4. Nicole
    December 12, 2014

    Could this be made with almond butter instead of sunbutter?

    1. Carol Kicinski
      January 6, 2015

      Nicole,

      Give it a try! I haven’t made the recipe with almond butter, but there’s a definite chance it’d be good!

      xo,
      Carol

  5. July 9, 2015

    What is Sunbutter? Is it a peanut butter alternative?

    1. Carol Kicinski
      July 9, 2015

      Yes Dolores, It’s a butter made from Sunflower Seeds. xo, Carol

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