I got this recipe from a roommate back in college. We met the first week of classes and remained friends during our four years of nursing school, finally living together our senior year. She had grown up on a farm and inherited her mother’s love of cooking. This is a good quality to have in a roommate. Come Friday, I would often find her in the kitchen baking away the stresses from a long week of classes.

caramel apple bars

I make these bars every fall and think of our days in that ugly, apartment kitchen. There is something comforting about the memories we attach to food. Sometimes, I think my box of recipes is just as much a journal or scrapbook, as it is a catalog of things I’ve made.

caramel apple bars

caramel apple bars

caramel apple bars

Caramel Apple Bars


  • Crust and Topping:
  • 3/4 cup Earth Balance butter (regular butter works too)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax + 3 tablespoons of water, whipped to egg yolk consistency (equivalent of 1 egg)
  • 1 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 3/4 cup old fashioned oats (quick oats work too)
  • Filling:
  • 3-4 Granny Smith apples, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch pieces (about 4 cups)
  • 2 tablespoons whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 cups caramel sauce, homemade or store bought


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a mixing bowl cream brown sugar and butter.
  3. Add in flax mixture to creamed butter and sugar.
  4. In a separate bowl combine flour, salt and baking soda.
  5. Add to creamed mixture gradually.
  6. Add in oats and mix until well blended.
  7. Reserve 1 1/4 cup of mixture for topping.
  8. Press remaining mixture into 9x13 pan.
  9. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.
  10. For Apple Topping: Toss apples with 2 tablespoons of flour and lemon juice. Pour apple mix evenly over partially baked crust. Press in lightly. Warm caramel sauce and drizzle evenly over apples.
  11. Take reserved crust/topping mixture and place spoonfuls on apple filling evenly.
  12. Drizzle with any remaining caramel sauce.
  13. Put back in the oven to bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes or until crust topping is golden and apples are tender.

caramel apple bars

What are some of your favorite fall recipes?


4 Responses to Caramel Apple Bars

  1. patti morfeld says:

    Oh dear-these look so yummy!

  2. Allison says:

    Wow! This looks delicious and you are so right about a recipe box being a scrapbook of memories. We are hoping to get our hands on my husband’s great grandmother’s recipe box recipes soon!

  3. Kelli says:

    These look yummy..in reading the directions, I’m assuming or wondering do you add the flax”egg replacer” into the creamed butter and brown sugar, then add the dry ingredients?

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