Apple Crumble Bars with ice cream and salted caramel sauce being drizzled over
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Apple Crumble Bars

Recipe video above. Tastes like an Apple Crumble - in bar form! Shortbread-like base, jammy apple filling and crumbly top. Take it over the top with a drizzle of salted caramel sauce - and ice cream! Great quick apple recipe ideal for a handheld snack, or transform into a dessert for dinner party.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Sweet
Cuisine: Western
Keyword: Apple crumble bars
Servings: 9 - 12 people
Calories: 328kcal
Author: Nagi


Base & crumble topping:

  • 125g / 1 stick unsalted butter , melted
  • 2 cups (300g) plain flour (all purpose flour)
  • 1/2 cup (100g) white sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 egg

For crumble topping:

  • 1/3 cup (30g) rolled oats (Note 1)

Apple Filling:

  • 3 - 4 large granny smith apples , cut into 0.7cm / 1/3" dice(~4 cups)
  • 1/4 cup (35g) plain flour (all purpose flour)
  • 1/4 cup (50g) white sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg


  • Preheat oven to 180C/350.
  • Grease a 20cm/8" square pan and line with baking/parchment paper with overhang (so it can be lifted out once cooked).
  • Mix together butter, flour, sugar, baking powder and salt until you can no longer see white bits of flour.
  • Add egg and mix.
  • Lightly press 2/3 of the mixture into the bottom of the pan.
  • Bake for 15 minutes until slightly golden, then remove and cool for 5 minutes.
  • Apple Filling: While the base is cooking, mix together Apple Filling ingredients in a bowl.

Crumble Topping:

  • Add oats into reserved crumble mixture. Mix with wooden spoon / fingers until oats are mostly incorporated into the dough.


  • Spread Apple Filling on base, then use hands to crumble topping all over.
  • Bake for 30 - 35 minutes or until the top is deep golden.
  • Remove and allow to cool in the tin before lifting out of the tin using the baking paper.
  • Cut and serve! Eat with hands, or serve on plates. Take it over the top with ice cream and salted caramel sauce!


1. Oats - traditional oats, not quick, instant or steel cut.
2. Apples - I love making apple crumble with Granny Smith apples because I like the slightly tart with sweet flavour. But these bars can be made with any type of apples. If using very sweet red apples, you may wish to reduce the sugar slightly.
3. Storage - keeps for up to 4 days (even 5!) in an airtight container (fridge if hot where you are). Topping softens within 24 hours but still delish. Also easy to recrisp - just pop under grill/broiler for a few minutes!


Calories: 328kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 107mg | Potassium: 140mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 405IU | Vitamin C: 2.8mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1.8mg