Sweetly Raw – Apple Cinnamon Bars with Coconut Vanilla Frosting (V/GF/P)

Have you been taking advantage of apple season? I sure have! I've been sauteing apples to enjoy over my veggie porridge, juicing them (with cranberries, celery, cucumber and ginger), eating them as snacks, and of course making desserts with them. Today's recipe uses dried apples as a main ingredient and is absolutely delicious! I actually created it four or five years ago and have made a batch this time every year since then. I re-shot my photos for a new post to freshen it up. I like these pictures much better than my original ones.

A chewy apple cinnamon nut base is topped with a thick layer of creamy coconut vanilla frosting.

Apple Cinnamon Bars with Coconut Vanilla Frosting

Apple Cinnamon Bars

2 1/2 cups almonds
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup chopped, packed dried apples
2/3 cup pitted packed dates, chopped
1  tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2-4 teaspoons water, as needed

Grind the almonds, coconut, and apples down to flour in a food processor. Add the dates and cinnamon. Grind until completely broken down. Add the vanilla and water, starting with 1 teaspoon water. Process again. The mixture must hold together easily. Moist but not too wet. Press the dough firmly into the bottom of an 8x8" or 9x9" pan.

Coconut Vanilla Frosting

1/2 cup cashews
1/2 cup almond, coconut milk, or water
3 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/3 cup melted coconut butter
1/4 cup melted coconut oil

Blend the cashews, almond milk, maple, and vanilla in a high speed blender until completely smooth. Add the coconut oil and butter. Blend to incorporate. Pour the liquid mixture over the bars.
Chill in the fridge (12 hours) or freezer (at least 4 hours) until the frosting is set. Sprinkle with chopped dried apples and/or cinnamon.
Slice into bars or squares. For this batch I've cut them into 30 little squares.

Optional: Drizzle with my easy caramel sauce. See recipe HERE.

You might also like these recipes:

Raw Vegan Caramel Apple Cheesecake. Recipe HERE

Baked Apple Crumble (Vegan, gluten free), Recipe HERE

Apple Pops (Vegan, Gluten Free). Recipe HERE

Apple Crumble Cheesecake (Raw, vegan, paleo). Recipe HERE

Apple Pie Bark and Pumpkin Pie Bark (Keto, Vegan, Raw, Paleo). Recipe HERE

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