Apple Pie Squares

In my attempt to use up some of my remaining apples, I went on the hunt for a good bar or square recipe. As happy as I’d be to make bunches of apple pies with all of the apples, I wanted to try something different. I came up empty handed after my search. It’s not that there aren’t options out there but none fit what I wanted to do. So I went into brainstorming mode.

I had already made delicious blueberry lemon squares, so why not try and alter that to my liking for the purpose of using up apples? I couldn’t be sure how it would turn out, it was a total experiment. In the process of making the squares I went through two different filling options. The first didn’t appeal to me after I had mixed it together so in a pinch I through together something else. And you know what, it worked. They turned out amazing! ‘Tastes just like apple pie’. I couldn’t have been happier with the outcome, especially since there was no way of knowing if it’d be a winner or a total flop. There isn’t a single thing I would change about this recipe.

Sometimes experiments and recipe alterations really can prove to be winners. Those are sometimes the best recipes since you had no idea if it would work out or not.  Do try these, especially if you fear making a pie…even though you shouldn’t. It’s quick and simple with absolutely no kneading required!

Yield: serves 9-12

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Apple Pie Squares

Ingredients:

Base and topping ingredients:
1 1/2 C flour
1/2 C brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 C oats
1/2 C butter, cubed
1 egg (1/2 whites only)
1 tsp cinnamon

Filling ingredients:
3/4 C plain yogurt
1/2 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1-2 C apple slices

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a food processor, combine flour, brown sugar, salt, baking powder, cinnamon and oats.

Add butter and blend. Remove 1 cup of oatmeal mix, set aside. Add 1/2 egg whites to food processor, blend until mixture is just combined.

Press moist mixture into a foil lined square baking pan. Try to get the crust as flat as possible. Bake crust for 10 minutes.

In a small bowl, mix yogurt, sugar, flour and cinnamon. Set aside. Peal, core and slice apples into bite size pieces. Add to the yogurt mix, toss to coat apples. Spoon filling over crust spreading out as evenly as possible.

Sprinkle reserved oat mixture over apples. Press down to flatten just slightly. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Cool in pan then transfer to the fridge to chill for at least one hour.
Remove from pan carefully and slice into squares.

Store in an airtight container in the fridge.


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7 Responses to “Apple Pie Squares”

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    Cheri — October 19, 2010 at 10:09 am

    These look and sound perfect Rachel! Gotta love it when an experiment pays off. :)

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    Elle — October 22, 2010 at 11:49 am

    Oh my gosh, I’m totally making these! I am one of those people that can’t make a decent pie. These will be perfect!

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    nicole @ I am a Honey Bee — August 15, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    i just saw these. I have to make these this fall!!

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    Stephanie — November 21, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Can you use quick oats? Or is there a specific type that needs to be used?

    • Rachel — November 21st, 2012 @ 5:50 pm

      I used old fashioned oats for this.

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    MaryB — March 20, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    These look great! I am in dunce mode today, I guess. I’m not understanding – are you using only 1/2 of the white of one egg, no yolk and discard the remaining 1/2 of the egg white? Sorry to be so dense today.

    • Rachel — March 20th, 2014 @ 6:20 pm

      You are to use half of one egg white – only.

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