It doesn’t get much more comforting the apple pie. Apples and cinnamon together is a classic. But unlike regular apple pie, these warm apple pie bars with greek yogurt topping don’t break the calorie bank. Its a light dessert that’s a perfect ending to a great meal.
In addition to it being amazingly delicious, these apple pie bars pack some nutritional punch. The crust contains chia seeds! So if you’re looking for some unique ways to get these incredibly healthy seeds into your diet, these would be a great start!
Unlike regular apple pie, the prep time for these bars are so fast. The crust is simply pressed in the pan and baked until golden which only takes about 10 minutes. Then the apples are quickly cooked in a skillet, so from start to finish you have an easy and impressive dessert. No dough to roll out here!
But as mentioned in the recipe, they are on the fragile side, so just be careful when handling them. The first piece can be a bit tricky (like pie), but the others slide out easily and stay together very well once you give it a bit of cool down time (20 minutes or so).
I loved the addition of the yogurt topping, but you could totally leave it out. My girls ate these up so fast, and there was no question as to whether it was healthy….they just knew it was good.
- ¾ cup graham cracker crumbs (for gluten-free, I used 7 S'morables Gluten Free Graham Crackers, pulsed to make crumbs)
- 3 Tbsp chia seeds
- ½ cup whey protein (I used Whey Gourmet. If you want to omit protein, add extra graham crumbs)
- 4 Tbsp melted butter (or coconut oil)
- 20 drops vanilla stevia *optional (I used NuNaturals)
- 1 tsp butter (or coconut oil)
- 2 medium apples, peeled and thinly sliced
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 Tbsp coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
- ½ tsp cornstarch
- 3 stevia packets (or sweetener to taste)
- 4-6 Tbsp water
- 1 cup non-fat greek yogurt
- ½ tsp vanilla
- 20 vanilla stevia drops
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a bowl, mix together all the crust ingredients, drizzling in the butter last. Mix together with a fork. Press the crust into an 8x8 pan.
- Place in the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes until the crust is golden around the edges.
- Meanwhile, peel the apples and slice thinly. Place in a medium bowl and toss in the cinnamon, coconut sugar, cornstarch and stevia. Lightly fold in so all the apples are coated.
- Heat a skillet over medium/high heat. Place in the butter, once melted add in the apples.
- Cook the apples, and add water 2 Tbsp at a time until the apples are tender and a thick sauce is created from the juice and water.
- Once the crust is out of the oven, pour the warm apples over top and allow to cool down for 20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, mix together the ingredients for the greek yogurt topping in a small bowl.
- Cut into 8 pieces. Bars will still be warm. They will be pretty fragile, so be careful getting them out of the pan.
- Serve each bar with 2 Tbsp of the greek yogurt topping on top.