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Light Caramel Apple Dessert Bars | Looking for a healthy and delicious dessert to celebrate all the flavors of fall? This Light Caramel Apple Dessert Bars recipe is it. Read more dessert recipes, sweet treats, healthy recipes and easy recipes on foodwinesunshine.com

Healthy Caramel Apple Dessert Bars

Healthy Caramel Apple Dessert Bars - is it possible?! It is! And they taste amazing too. Grab the recipe and enjoy the fall flavors and not the guilt.
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Course: Dessert
Keyword: apples, dessert, easy recipe, fall, healthy
Prep Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours 45 minutes
Servings: 10 - 12
Author: Tracy


Apple filling Ingredients

  • 1 12 oz. bag peeled Crunch Pak apples
  • 4 oz water
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • Dash of lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 8 oz tub of lite whipped topping

Crust Ingredients

  • 20 reduced-fat vanilla wafers
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter cut up

Caramel Drizzle Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • Dash of kosher or sea salt
  • 2/3 cup low-fat milk
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract


Apple Filling Instructions

  • Place the bag of peeled Crunch Pak apples into a saucepan.
  • Add the water, sugar and lemon juice and simmer over a low heat for 20-30 minutes or until the apples are tender and just starting to break up.
  • Put the prepared apples into food processor.
  • Add cinnamon and vanilla into the food processor.
  • Blend until smooth, will resemble applesauce.
  • Add the apple mixture to a medium bowl and mix in the whipped topping with spatula until it's blended in.

Crust Instructions

  • While the apples are cooking, prepare the crust.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line 8-inch square pan with aluminum foil.
  • Combine ingredients in food processor, blend until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Press onto bottom of prepared pan.
  • Bake 15 minutes.
  • When the crust is done in the oven, allow it to cool and pour the apple/whipped topping mixture on top.
  • Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours.

Caramel Drizzle Instructions

  • In a small saucepan, combine light brown sugar, cornstarch and salt.
  • Add milk and cook over medium heat, until desired thickness.
  • Remove from heat, add vanilla and stir to combine.
  • Once the apple bars have been refrigerated for at least 3 - 4 hours, make the caramel drizzle.
  • Add the drizzle to prepared dessert.
  • Enjoy!


Refrigerate unused sauce. If sauce becomes too thick after refrigerating, warm in microwave for 10 - 20 seconds until warm or add additional milk and reheat over low heat in a small saucepan until smooth if necessary.
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