Apple cheddar crumble bars

Enjoy a mixture of savory and sweet in these apple cheddar crumble bars.

I spent the past weekend in Maine with a group of fitness & food bloggers representing Cabot in the Beach to Beacon 10k. Besides the race, we drove around in red and black plaid Cabot vans, visited one of the 1200 Cabot farms, stalked met elite runners and ate A LOT OF CHEESE.

Apple cheddar crumble bars

I thought I would be seriously sharped out, but I couldn’t shake the idea of cheddar + apple pie from my head after Nick, one of the Cabot team members who was with us this weekend, mentioned the combo.

Apple cheddar bars

I told him I’d give it a try this fall and his response was “oh, don’t wait until fall.”

Apple crumble bars with cheddar

So I didn’t.

Apple bars with cheddar

I like apple pie/crumble and I like apples + cheddar as a snack.  This is it’s offspring and it’s a wonderful combination of savory and sweet.

I’m not sure how much more awesome you can get when you already drive around in a plaid van that says “random acts of cheese” on the side, but Nick managed to do so with this recommendation. Epic.


Serves 9     adjust servings

Apple cheddar crumble bars

Preparation 10 min Prep Time
Cook Time 35 min Cook Time
Total Time 45 mins Total Time

Enjoy a mixture of savory and sweet in this apple cheddar crumble bar.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup oats (not instant)
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 stick (4 tablespoons) softened butter
  • 2 tablespoons milk (any kind will do)
  • 1 apple, cored, peeled and thinly sliced
  • thin slices of sharp cheddar cheese (about 12 slices)
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, combine oats, whole wheat pastry flour, almond flour, brown sugar and baking soda.
  3. Mix together with a spatula and then cut the butter and milk in with your finger tips until the mixture is a "crumb" texture.
  4. Pour about 2/3 of the mixture into a 8x8 or 9x9 baking dish and press down firmly with your hands or the bottom of a glass to form the base of the bars.
  5. Layer the cheese slices on top with enough slices so that the crumb mixture is completely covered.
  6. Lay the apple slices on top of the cheese.
  7. Add the chopped pecans to the remaining crumble mixture and pour on top of the apples. Press down firmly again to form the top of the bars.
  8. Bake for 35 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven and let cool completely before cutting into bars.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Yankee Magazine


 

16 Comments

  1. Katie | Healthy Seasonal Recipes

    Gina, Your photos are so pretty. I love the way you propped this, and the light is really beautiful. I love the way you layered in the cheese and apples. It seems like it would be really simple to do it this way. I had such a good time meeting you (in person) this weekend. -K

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  2. Ksenija @ Health Ninja

    Oh my gosh, oh my gosh! I drooled so bad over this – I cannot believe that somebody but me would like the idea of cheese in an apple crumble. Need to make this!

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  3. April Jacobs

    Wow! I love this recipe. It looks so delicious. I can’t wait to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing! ;-)

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  4. Mary

    These look amazing… Curious, since they have cheese, should they be stored in the refrigerator after baking? I am thinking of bringing these to a picnic this fall.

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