Friday, October 31, 2014

CARAMEL APPLE BARS



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 CARAMEL APPLE BARS

Enjoy all the best of apple pie in a bite-size bar! Each bar is 4 WW+ points and only 134 calories! ...

Serves 24

Shortbread Crust
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup flour

Apple Filling
1/2 cup caramel sauce (for an easy homemade recipe: http://bit.ly/sltedcarsce) - divided
2 apples, peeled and cubed into small pieces
2 tbsp. flour
2 tbsp. brown sugar
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Topping
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup butter, cold and cubed into small pieces
1/2 cup caramel sauce (for an easy homemade recipe: http://bit.ly/sltedcarsce)

Instructions
1.Preheat oven to 300
2.Line a 8x8 baking pan with parchment paper or foil, making sure there is a little overhang on the sides
To make the crust
1.In a medium bowl combine melted butter, sugar, vanilla and salt
2.Slowly add in flour, stirring until well combined
3.Press crust into pan, making it as even as possible
4.Bake for 15 minutes - while baking make the filling and topping

To make the filling
1.In a medium bowl combine cubed apples, flour, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon, until the apples are well coated
2.Set aside

To make the topping
1.In a medium bowl combine oats, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice and flour
2.Add in cold butter and using your fingers combine the mixture until it comes together as coarse crumbs

To finish
1.Raise oven temperature to 350
2.Remove crust from the oven and top with 1/4 cup of the caramel sauce, drizzling it over the crust as evenly as possible
3.Spread apples over caramel sauce
4.Top apples with crumb topping, making sure to evenly distribute the topping
5.Return pan to oven and continue baking for 25 minutes or until topping is golden brown
6.Remove from oven and let cool for 20-25 minutes
7.Place in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours to let bars completely set-up
8.When ready to serve drizzle remaining 1/4 cup of caramel sauce over bars
9.Serve room temperature or cold
10.ENJOY!!

Each bar is 4 WW+ points
Nutritional Info
Calories 134 Calories from Fat 55 Total Fat 6.1g Saturated Fat 3.7g Trans Fat 0.0g Cholesterol 15mg Sodium 89mg Potassium 51mg Total Carbohydrates 19.2g Dietary Fiber 1.0g Sugars 6.5g Protein 1.3g
Vitamin A 4% - Vitamin C 2% - Calcium 1% - Iron 3%
By MJ
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