Apple Butter Coconut Crumble Bars

by Kelly on May 18, 2011

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There are some things that come out of the kitchen where you realize that as delicious as they are, they’re clearly not winning any beauty awards.  These Apple Butter Coconut Crumble Bars fall into that camp.  And it’s a shame because they are an absolutely sumptuous.  You start with a rich buttery crust with a hint of coconut flour for a soft sweetness and a slightly unusual twist.  Then you top it with crisp apple slices and a generous slathering of apple butter.

The apple butter is key because it gives it a depth and slow cooked taste that makes it taste far more labor intensive than the hour it takes to prep and bake it.  And then when a crumble topping that echos the same flavors as the crust you get sweet buttery heaven.  Yes, it’s a little early in the season for an apple recipe but I highly recommend bookmarking it for the fall.  Because if you’re anything like me you’ll head on an apple picking expedition…

Apple Butter Coconut Crumble Bars-1And egged on by the sunshine and the views of full, lush trees brimming with red, green and yellow apples you’ll pick exuberantly.  And you’ll pick and pick until your bag weighs you down uncomfortably and you realize that this year you’ve overdone it…again.  And you’ll spend the next couple of weeks making every recipe you can imagine that calls for apples – apple cupcakes, baked polenta with apples, caramel apple ice cream…you get the idea.  Yes, this recipe is perfect for that very situation.

But perfect or not, these photos don’t quite do this delicious bar justice, so you’ll just have to take my word for it.

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Apple Butter Coconut Crumble Bars
Adapted from Stonewall Kitchen and BitterSweet
Yields about 12-24 bars depending on how you slice them

Ingredients:

-1 cup all purpose flour
-1 cup coconut flour
-1/2 cup powdered sugar
-1 cup butter, cubed
-1 1/2 cups apple butter
-1 1/2 cups Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and chopped (approx. 1 1/2 apples)

Method:

Preheat over to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour an 8″ x 8″ pan.

Using a food processor or a pastry blender, combine the flours, powdered sugar and butter. Blend until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

Press crust mixture into the bottom of the pan, saving 1/3 of mixture for topping.

Sprinkle apple pieces over bottom crust.

Spread apple butter evenly over apples.

Crumble remainder of topping mixture over apple mixture. Bake at 350 degrees F for 40-50 minutes, until golden brown. Let cool and cut into squares.

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Neil Butterfield May 19, 2011 at 12:31 am

Sounds absolutely delicious and you are right they are not particularly pretty.

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Maris (In Good Taste) May 19, 2011 at 6:42 am

these look great!

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Kelly May 19, 2011 at 10:09 am

Maris – thanks. :)

Neil – I know. Good thing food doesn’t have feelings. Or maybe like people it could be called distinguished or interesting looking.

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The Duo Dishes May 19, 2011 at 5:14 pm

The great thing about this recipe is that there is hardly an ingredient list! you knocked this one out with just a few pantry staples. You should try it again and see if you can substitute some coconut oil in there. :)

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sippitysup May 20, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Springtime apples! Bright red and white checks. A simple and sweet bit of love. No wonder I feel happy. GREG

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Kerstin May 20, 2011 at 10:20 pm

These just sound perfect. i need to get some coconut flour so I can try them!

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Shannon May 23, 2011 at 1:35 pm

love the addition of apple butter! can’t wait for fall :) oh wait, i can… i would love summer first!! and i still haven’t played with coconut flour… must get some soon!

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