Apple Strudel Cheesecake Bars

Happy Friday friends! Fall is FINALLY here in Houston! It was 59 glorious degrees yesterday morning! Most importantly, the humidity is down and I feel like I can breathe when I go outside!

I am still ALL over apples this week! I have been enjoying them as well as the kiddos! Apples just make me happy and can be used for SO many things! I literally ate apples all the time in college! It was one food that didn’t cause any allergy issues to flare up! Since then I still love apples and eat them almost every day!

I know last week we did an apple theme, but today I am sticking with it as this recipe still falls under our new theme. I am linking up with my fav Foodie Friday gals, Farrah from Fairyburger and Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama for some vegetarian recipes!
Although I used some dairy products in my version, you can always substitute them out with non-dairy products 🙂  Also this recipe is a little more labor intensive than usual, but it is SO worth it!

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Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 cup gluten free flour
  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar

Apple Layer

  • 2 large apples
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp coconut sugar

Filling

  • 12 oz cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 eggs

Strudel Layer

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup steel cut oats
  • 1/4 cup butter

Other

  • parchment paper
  • caramel sauce if desired

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350. Line an 8 X 8 pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl place all the crust ingredients.  Use a fork to mash the butter into the dry ingredients until crumbly.  I also used my clean hands to ensure the mixture was fully combined.
  3. Place the crust mixture into the baking pan.  Press down till an even layer of crust is formed.  Place in the oven and bake for 15-20 min, or until lightly browned.
  4. While crust bakes, peel, core and chop the apples into small pieces.  Place in a bowl and add in coconut sugar and pumpkin pie spice.  Mix to coat the apples well.
  5. Using a stand mixer, place the cream cheese and sugar into the attached mixing bowl.  Blend well.  Add in the eggs one at a time and mix well.
  6. In another bowl, blend together the strudel ingredients until crumbly.
  7. When the crust comes out of the oven, let it cool for 5 min, then pour in the filling, spreading it out evenly.
  8. Sprinkle the apples on top of the filling, covering the entire pan.
  9. Add the strudel topping over the apples loosely.
  10. Bake for 40-50 min or until the center is set.
  11. Let it cool.
  12. Enjoy plain or with a caramel topping.

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