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Easy Apple Pie Bars - Gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, egg-free, vegan.

These Easy Apple Pie Bars are gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, and nut-free with a vegan option! All the flavor of apple pie without the lengthy prep? Sign me up!

The crust comes together quickly using a gluten-free cake mix to make a simple but crumbly and delicious crust. The filling is an easy apple pie filling, and all of it is made and in the oven with under 25 minutes of hands-on prep. Take it up a notch by topping it with my Paleo Vanilla Ice Cream!

Easy Apple Pie Bars - Gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, egg-free, vegan.


  • Gluten-free Vanilla or Yellow Cake Mix – I find this at my local Winco or Walmart, like this one or this one from Walmart. 
  • Gluten-free Quick Oats – If you don’t have a gluten allergy, most quick oats don’t contain any gluten-filled ingredients. However, cross-contamination is a big deal if you are celiac, so be sure to look for one that is clearly labeled “gluten-free.”
  • Ghee or vegan butter – Either works great; use whatever is accessible and fits your budget! I usually use Miyokos brand Vegan butter.
  • Apples – Use a firm, tart apple like Granny Smith. Peel them and chop them into small 1/2″ pieces.
  • Coconut sugar – I get my coconut sugar most affordably from the bulk bins at Winco. When I buy it online, here (1.5 pounds) or here (5lbs, cheaper but in bulk) are the ones I get from Amazon.
  • Ground cinnamon – This can easily be found in the baking aisle of most grocery stores or the bulk bins at Winco.
  • Ground nutmeg
  • Arrowroot flour or potato starch – This acts as a thickener like traditional flour. I don’t recommend tapioca flour for this recipe, as the results will be tacky. I can only find these online on Amazon. 


Easy Apple Pie Bars - Gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, egg-free, vegan.

Easy Apple Pie Bars

Autumn @wholefoodfor7
Such an easy dessert that tastes like apple pie, but with way less work and in a bar format!
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 bars
Calories 224 kcal


  • 1 gluten-free vanilla or yellow cake mix
  • 2 cups gluten-free quick oats
  • 1 cup melted ghee or vegan butter
  • 3 cups apples, peeled and chopped into small 1/2" pieces use a firm, tart apple like granny smith
  • 6 tablespoons coconut sugar or other granulated sugar like monk fruit or maple sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 teaspoon nutmeg optional
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon arrowroot flour or potato starch


  • In a medium bowl, combine the cake mix, oats, and melted ghee. Stir until just combined. Mixture should be crumbly.
  • In a medium pot, combine chopped apples, sugar, water, spices, and vanilla. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring regularly. Apples should be starting to get tender.
  • Combine the arrowroot flour or potato startch with 1 1/2 tablespoons water in a small bowl.This is called a "slurry." Add the slurry to the apple mixture, stirring to combine. Cook, stirring regularly until mixture thickens. This will only take around 30 seconds. Remove from heat.
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a 9x13 pan with parchment paper. Add half of the cake mix mixture to the bottom of the pan, pressing it around until the bottom of the pan is covered, adding a little more mixture if needed.
  • Spread the apple mixture evenly over the bottom crust. Crumble remaining cake mix mixture on top of the apples. Press the crust crumbles gently down into the apples.
  • Bake for 23-25 minutes. Bars will hold their shape best when cooled completely. Stor in the fridge for up to a week or in the freezer for up to 3 mnoths.


These are excellent topped with my Paleo Vanilla Ice Cream!


Calories: 224kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 2gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 38mgSodium: 14mgPotassium: 84mgFiber: 2gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 18IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 12mgIron: 1mg
Keyword budget-friendly, dairy-free, dessert, easy, egg-free, gluten-free, kid-friendly, nut-free
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  1. 5 stars
    This is SOOOOO easy to make! I was able to use a bunch of apples from my tree and took it to a neighborhood fall party. No one even knew it was GF/DF and all the bars were gone by the end of the night! That’s a win in my book!

    • YESSSS that is is one you find easy and enjoyed by all. How great that it’s a party go-to for you as one that works for your dietary needs as well as enjoyed by those who are not gluten-free + dairy-free. Love it!

  2. 5 stars
    Another winner! So simple to make, and turned out beautifully. I forgot the vanilla, but still think it tasted well – I personally would possibly chop up a little more apple next time, just to fill it out even more.

    This was enjoyed by all at a group meal tonight, and our friends who need gluten free especially said they enjoyed it! It is so nice to have a dessert for a special meal that everyone can eat.

    • I love that it was a winner for all involved and both easy and delicious. Thank you!

  3. This Thanksgiving I was looking for something to replace my favorite apple pie recipe since going gluten-free. I knew I could count on Autumn! Thank you! I added some fresh cranberries to more closely mimic the original recipe I was missing. Yum.

  4. 5 stars
    Autumn, Thank you so much for this one. I have been wanting to make it for weeks and finally got to it today. It is a huge hit in our household! It was incredibly easy and so full of flavor. I used maple sugar, because it is what I had on hand, and I added a squeeze of lemon juice. Also opted in with the nutmeg because I always use that in my apple pies. So good!

    • I’m so happy you and your family enjoyed this one Julie! Thank you for sharing what swaps you used and enjoyed.

  5. 5 stars
    This is an extremely easy recipe to put together. That is what makes Autumn’s recipes so amazing. She uses real ingredients that “real” people have on hand in their pantry. The prep time was on point it took me about 20 min to prep and the cooking apples made my house smell amazing!

    • Thank you! EASY accessible recipes are so important to me. I’m happy this was a quick recipe that you enjoy, thanks!

      • 5 stars
        I had a bunch of apples I needed to use up from apple picking and I had this random box of gluten-free cake mix that I usually never buy (found at Aldi & I thought I would try but never did) sitting in my pantry so it was a perfect recipe to pop up on my feed today! One thing to note, The recipe says to mix vanilla in with the apples but there is no measurement for vanilla in the recipe. I just threw a teaspoon in there but wanted to give you a head up! Also I’m glad I opted for the nutmeg! Great flavor and awesome easy recipe!


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