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Fresh Apple Squares

18 October

Yields 16 squares

You will love how simple these are to make! The dough does double-duty as the crust and streusel topping. Try topped with cinnamon ice cream.

1/2 cup flour of choice (I use brown rice flour to make it gluten-free)
1 cup old-fashioned oats (Bob’s Red Mill has gluten-free oats)
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg (using fresh nutmeg makes a huge difference in taste!)
3 tablespoons oil of choice
1/4 cup apple juice  concentrate, thawed
2 medium apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
1/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9-inch square pan with oil (I like to use coconut oil).
2. Combine flour, oats, brown sugar, lemon zest, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a large bowl. Work in oil and apple juice concentrate with your fingers until coarse crumbs form.
3 Press 2 cups of the oat mixture into a prepared pan. Arrange apples over crust in three rows. Mix walnuts into remaining oat mixture to form streusel topping; spread evenly over apples and pat down firmly.
4. Bake until top is golden brown and apples are tender when pierced with a sharp knife, 30-35 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack before cutting into squares.

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