Gluten Free Apple Crumble Bars

Madeleine Shaw Gluten Free Apple Crumble Bars 1

Gluten Free Apple Crumble Bars


These Gluten Free Apple Crumble Bars are the dream. If you like cake, biscuits or flapjacks you’re going to love these. They are perfect for times when our inner snack lover comes out!

The spiced apple layer in the middle is so warming – perfect for that winter 4pm snack. Oats are a great source of energy as they are slow burning so you’ll feel full until your next meal time.

Coconut sugar is a great source of natural sugar, so your blood sugar levels won’t spike and it tastes delicious!

If you’ve made my Gluten Free Apple Crumble Bars and fancy a change, why not try my Oat and Puffed Rice Granola Bars? They are so crunchy and can even be used as a breakfast cereal (almost like Weetabix) just add milk!

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Ready in 65 minutes Good For


Preheat the oven to 180 C

Chop up 5 apples into tiny pieces removing the core, place in a pot with 20g of butter/coconut oil the zest of the orange, the juice, the honey and ½ tsp of cinnamon. Cook on low for 15 minutes.

While this is cooking mix the oats, coconut sugar, salt, baking powder, 100g coconut oil and ½ tsp of cinnamon together. Grab a small roasting tray line it with baking paper and pour half the mixture into it, push down you’re your fingers and place in the oven for 10 minutes until golden. Allow it to cool for 5 minutes then pour over the stewed apples. Top with the rest of the oat mix.

Thinly slice up the last apple and place it on top for decoration. Bake in the oven for a further 25 minutes until golden. Remove from the oven and leave to cool then place in the freezer for half an hour to set. Once cold, slice into bars and store in the fridge.

These are a great 4 pm snacks and last for a week in the fridge.


Images: Holly Clark Photography


  • Heather

    Made these tonight with 2 rather large bramley apples from our local farmers’ shop, and they are amazing! My husband gave the ultimate seal of approval when he said, “These are ones to make again!” Loved the combination of orange and apples! Thanks for another great recipe!

    • Madeleine Shaw

      Love this xxx

  • Gillian

    What size of baking tray do you use to cook these? Thanks

    • Madeleine Shaw

      Hi lovely, I’m not sure exact measurements, but I think it’s roughly the 28cm x 22cm size. xx

  • Becky Gray

    Hello! I’m allergic to oats can i use buckwheat flakes do you think or not substantial enough? thanks so much x

    • Madeleine Shaw

      Yes this should work fine babe xx

  • Szundi Tomi

    Hi Madeleine!

    I’ve just made these and they are so delicious. They are so tasty. Our house smells like oranges and cinnamon. :-) It smells like Christmas is coming.
    However I put a little less coconut sugar and i used grandma’s homemade apple.

    Thanks for the recipe.
    I wish you happy holidays!

    All the best,

    Tom from Hungary

    • Madeleine Shaw

      Wow sounds awesome – I would love to make these with homemade apples! x

  • Emma Porter

    I just made these. Tasty. I agree with the other person who said u don’t need that much sugar, I used 60g. Next time I’d only use about 1/4 of a zested orange too. Mine was way too strong they taste like orange bars.

    • Madeleine Shaw

      Thanks for sharing, I guess we all have different tastes :) I like mine super orangey x

  • claire

    Just about to make these. What size should the baking tray be?

  • Nichola

    I’ve just made these and wow they are amazing. I’m pregnant so they are a lovely sweet snack to keep me going in the afternoon! The flavours go well with the Christmas period, I will be making these quite regularly.

    • Madeleine Shaw

      They are so tasty aren’t they – glad they’re feeding your pregnancy cravings without the added sugar! x

  • Leen

    I just made them. Absolutely delicious!

  • Naomi

    Hey – how many does this make roughly please? x

    • Madeleine Shaw

      It makes 8 x

  • Alice Watson-Smith

    I just made these, with 20g of the coconut oil with the apples, and the other 100g in with the oat mixture which worked out well. Far far too sweet though, would put a little less coconut sugar in the oats and no honey in the apples.

    • Madeleine Shaw

      Amazing so pleased – I love it a bit sweeter but you could definitely take out some of the sweetness if you prefer xx

  • Laura Davies

    Yes I’ve just made them too and only used 20g of coconut oil. They are cooling now and smell delicious so hopefully that’s right?.. Thanks for this lovely recipe, my kitchen smells amazing x x x Laura

    • Madeleine Shaw

      Hi so sorry Laura I’ve just realised I left out the rest of the coconut oil. What you’ve done is fine, but I usually add 100g to the dry oat mixture so sorry xxx

  • Anna Wilson

    Hi, I was wondering if there was a substitute you could use for the coconut sugar, maybe mayple syrup or more honey?

    • Madeleine Shaw

      Yep more honey would be fine x

  • Ksenia Elzes

    Hi Madeleine!
    I’ve just made these delicious bars (haven’t tried them yet, they are now cooling).
    One question – I assume it is 20gr of coconut oil right? Not 120? There are two different numbers in your recipe :)
    And one more – should the oat mix be so crumbly? We don’t add any honey etc in it right?
    Thank you! Your blog is great!

    Greetings from St. Petersburg, Russia

    • Madeleine Shaw

      Sorry about this, the 100g coconut oil was meant to go in the dry oat mix so it’s not crumbly! x

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