Sunday, September 26, 2010

Raw Apple Streusel Bars (Vegan, GF)

We found this recipe on They looked so amazing and we loved how we didn't need a dehydrator to make it. We made a few changes to the recipe and we think they turned out pretty great. If you leave them to sit overnight, the chia gelatinizes the butter so it actually stays together. We added an extra date to thicken the butter even more. We found that it needed more streusel topping, so we also added more walnuts. The original icing does not have any sweetness so we added agave/honey and vanilla to give it a richer, more "dessert" taste.

2 cups cashews
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp agave (we used raw honey)

Grind in a food processor until crummy. Press into the bottom of a pan.

Apple Butter:
2 cups apples (choose a sweet variety such as Royal Gala)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ginger
Pinch of cloves
3 dates, pitted
1 tbsp ground chia - important because it gelatinizes butter!
2 tsp lemon juice

Blend ingredients in food processor and spread on top of the crust.

Apple Slices:
1 apple, peeled and thinly sliced
2 tsp lemon juice

Place slices in a single layer on top of apple butter layer.

1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts
2 tbsp sucanat or coconut sugar
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 tsp cinnamon

Mix ingredients together by hand and sprinkle on top of apple slices.

Cashew icing:
1/2 cup cashews
1 tsp agave or raw honey
1-2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla
Water to thin

Blend ingredients in food processor, place in a ziploc bag and cut the corner off. Pipe in a cool design on top of streusel.

Chill in the fridge overnight.


These turned out super amazing. They taste exactly like apple pie and have the texture of being baked because the apples really soften up in the fridge. We gave a piece to our non-vegan friend and she was floored by how good these are and couldn't believe they are raw!


  1. Beautiful!!! I'm so glad you enjoyed the recipe. The dates I used were huge and I agree - the cashew cream is pretty tart (I just liked the contrast). It looks like the adjustments you made worked well. I'm so glad that they impressed your friend. :)

  2. Neat! I can't believe they are not baked. Well, I can but you know what I mean;) They really look like they've been in an oven. Delicious (smile)...
    Hey, this is the second time this week I've seen honey in a vegan recipe. Is honey starting to be considered vegan in some realms?

  3. I just made these too. So good!

  4. To answer your question Stella, We use honey becausewe think it is a better sweetener than agave since it comes from a more natural source and it is technically a super food, so why not?! :) So honey is the exception.

  5. Hey Jennifer and Jaclyn, okay! That's interesting. I use honey-I love it. So I guess I am glad to hear that it doesn't necessarily oust me from 'veganism' (smile)...

  6. that looks soo delicious! Now i have to decide between this and an egg tahini salad recipe that i found for my lunch hard to chooose!!!

  7. I no longer use any type of granulated sugar in my recipes. Can you recommend a replacement option for the coconut sugar in this recipe?

    1. you could use ground up dried dates or figs instead. Coconut sugar is not really "granulated sugar" though, it's the dried sap from the coconut flowers grinded up! You can also get it in liquid form which is coconut nectar. Let us know how they turn out!

  8. how many people did this serve? I'm looking to make some for about 75 people! Oh no!