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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