My favorite fruit pie has always been apple. French apple, Dutch apple or just a regular lattice top apple pie, I love them all. I have to admit though, I have never been all about the crust. I mean, don't get me wrong, I do like the crust but the filling is the best part. Don't you think?
Crusts can also be really difficult to make too. At least for me they are. That's why these bars are perfect for when you want a fruit bar/pie type of dessert. The crust is truly a no brainer. I promise you it is.
Another great thing about this recipe is you can use nearly any fruit for the filling. I've used frozen wild blueberries, fresh apricots and now granny smith apples. Next up are peaches. I really can't wait for that one. Someone also told me they used plums and it turned out great.
Let's get to the recipe, shall we. Here is what you will need.
1 c all purpose flour
3/4 oats (I used quick oats)
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup room temperature vegan butter
2 cups of apple diced about 1/2 inch
1/3 cup sugar
2 tbsp cornstarch
1 heaping tsp cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Line an eight inch square pan with parchment and set aside.
The crust: In a medium bowl combine the flour, oats, 1/4 cup white and brown sugars and butter. Mash everything with the back of a fork until crumbly making sure everything is nice and combined.
Remove one cup of the crust and set aside for the topping.
Pour the remaining crumbles into the bottom of your 8x8 inch square pan and press evenly ensuring the entire bottom is covered with the crust. Set aside.
In another bowl or the same bowl, combine the apples, 1/3 cup sugar and corn start. Stir to combine and pour over the crust.
Sprinkle the reserved 1 cup crust over the top of the apples evenly. Bake for about 40 - 50 minutes.
Let cool before removing from the pan. Slice, serve and enjoy.🍏🍏🍏🍏