Salted Caramel Apple Pie Bites

Happy New Year!  It’s been a long minute since my last blog.  With our vacation, the holidays, and a toddler I can barely sit still for longer than 5 minutes these days.  I love a new year… don’t you?!  It’s a fresh start.  A clean slate.  A time to reflect.  A time to be thankful you made it through another year!  And for me and my hubs, we set new goals.  We did keep some of our goals from last year, but this year we added a few more.  I’m hopeful that even though the first 3 weeks of this year have been a bit poopy, stressful, and not heading in the direction we had hoped for…I’m trying really hard to be positive and believe that our steps will be guided and God will lead us down the right path.

Adulting is hard sometimes.  SO…I decided to bake.  It’s what I like to do when I’m in a funky mood.  Here is what I’m calling my ‘Salted Caramel Apple Pie Bites’.  They’re the perfect 2-3 bite dessert when you need just a little something sweet after a good meal, or a perfect little snack to get you through the rest of your afternoon.  I hope you love these as much as we did!  ❤

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Salted Caramel Apple Pie Bites

  • Servings: 10 - 12 squares
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Ingredients for the crust:

  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 1/4 + 1 tbsp tapioca flour
  • 1/4 + 1 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 4 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Ingredients for the Salted Caramel:

  • 1 cup organic brown sugar, packed + 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • big pinch of kosher salt

Ingredients for the Apples:

  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 apples, cored and diced small
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2-3 tbsp reserved salted caramel
  • pinch of kosher salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.  Grease a loaf pan and add parchment paper.  I leave enough parchment paper hanging off the sides so it’s easier to pull it out of the pan once it cools.
  2. Make the Salted Caramel Sauce first so it has time to completely cool.
  3. In a small saucepan heat the heavy cream on low heat.  While the heavy cream hangs out, in another saucepan add the brown sugar and water.  Stir together, then let it boil on medium-high heat for about five minutes. Pull the brown sugar mixture off the heat and slowly add the heavy cream.  Whisk in the butter and salt.   Pour into a bowl to cool.
  4. Put all of the “crust” ingredients in a food processor (I used my ninja) and pulse until it forms a dough.  Use your fingers to mash the dough into your prepared pan.
  5. Use a fork to poke holes into the dough so it doesn’t rise during baking.  Bake for 20 minutes or until it’s golden brown.
  6. While your dough bakes, make the apples.
  7. In a saute pan on medium heat – melt the butter and add the apples.  While the apples are cooking add the cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel sauce and a pinch of salt.  Let the apples cook until they’re soft.
  8. Your dough should be done baking at this point.  I let mine cool for a few minutes before I added the apples.
  9. Use a big spoon and cover the bottom of the dough with the salted caramel sauce, then add the apple mixture.  Bake for another 15 minutes.
  10. Your kitchen will smell amazing!  Let it completely cool before you try to cut them.  I cut mine into little squares.  Feel free to cut yours into bars if you want to.  I nice little dollop of vanilla ice cream would be delicious on top of this!

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