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Coconut Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars (Gluten-Free)

Super decadent, easy and delicious Gluten-Free Apple Cheesecake Bars drizzled in a Coconut Caramel sauce. They make for the perfect indulgent treat!
Cook Time1 hr 15 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Sweets
Cuisine: Gluten-Free
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 439kcal
Author: Kristen Wood

Equipment

  • Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free Rolled Oats

Ingredients

  • Crust:
  • 2 cups gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose gluten free flour blend
  • 2 tbs ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 cup butter melted
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Cheesecake:
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Apples:
  • 2 cups peeled & chopped red apples I use Gala
  • 1 tbs ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 2 tbs coconut sugar
  • Coconut Caramel Yields approx. 4 oz :
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 4 tbs butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8×8 pan with parchment paper.
  • For the crust:
  • In a large mixing bowl, stir together the dry crust ingredients. Stir in the melted butter until evenly mixed throughout.
  • Pat half of this mixture onto the bottom of the pan.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Set aside & let cool.
  • For the cheesecake:
  • In a large mixing bowl beat the cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla, egg, and salt & then mix until just combined. Set aside while you prepare the apples.
  • For the apples:
  • Combine all ingredients. Set aside
  • or the coconut caramel drizzle:
  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine milk & sugar . Cook for 2-3 minutes until sugar is dissolved. Add butter & stir until fully combined & let simmer (you may need to turn heat down a little) for about 10 minutes, or until thickened. Add vanilla & salt, stir to combine & then remove from heat. Pour into a jar & let cool. (Can store in refrigerator for a few weeks).
  • Put it all together:
  • Spread the cheesecake mixture over the cooled crust in the pan you set aside.
  • Sprinkle the apple filling over the top.
  • Sprinkle the remaining oat crust mixture over the apple filling. Press down slightly.
  • Bake for approx. 40 minutes or until firm & golden.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool completely. Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving for best results.
  • When ready to serve, slice into bars, drizzle some coconut caramel on top…and dig in!
  • Enjoy.

Notes

Please see the TIPS section above in the post for valuable information.

Nutrition

Serving: 1bar | Calories: 439kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Cholesterol: 102mg | Sodium: 519mg | Potassium: 99mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 1036IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 1mg