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Apple Pie Crumb Bars with Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend

This recipe is a fun twist on the classic apple pie, with apple pie filling spread on top of a buttery, crumbly shortbread base and sprinkled with a crumb topping. These bars, created by Joanne Ozug of Fifteen Spatulas, have 10% fewer calories* and 65% less sugar* than the regular brown sugar-sweetened version. Makes 16 bars.

Serving size

1 bar (85g)


270 Calories



  • 3 cups (750 mL) chopped granny smith apples

  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL) cornstarch

  • 12 tsp (2.5 mL) ground cinnamon

  • 116 tsp (.3 mL) salt

  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL) fresh lemon juice

  • 12 cup water

  • 2 Tbsp (30 mL) Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend


  • 4 cups (1 L) all-purpose flour

  • 34 cup (185 mL) Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend

  • 14 tsp (1.25 mL) sea salt

  • 1 tsp (5 mL) baking powder

  • 1 cup (250 mL) cold unsalted butter, diced

  • 1 egg, beaten

  • 14 cup (60 mL) heavy cream


Apple Pie Filling
  • 1.

    Combine the apples, cornstarch, cinnamon, salt, lemon juice, water, and Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend in a skillet.

  • 2.

    Cook over medium high heat for 12-15 minutes, stirring frequently, until the apples soften. Set aside to cool.

  • 3.

    Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).

  • 4.

    Next, prepare the dough. Place the flour, Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend, sea salt and baking powder in a large bowl, and whisk to combine.

  • 5.

    Add the cold butter to the bowl, and use your fingertips to rub the butter into the flour, in order to break the butter down into small pieces that are coated in flour. Add in the egg, and toss around to distribute the moisture.

  • 6.

    Next, add in the heavy cream, and toss the liquid around to moisten the dough further. At this point the dough might look crumbly but if you gather a handful with your fingers and press, it should hold together.

  • 7.

    Split the dough in half, and press one half of the dough down into the bottom of an 8x8 baking pan lined with parchment paper.

  • 8.

    Add all of the apple pie filling on top, and spread it evenly with a spatula or spoon. Crumble the remaining half of the dough on top.

  • 9.

    Bake in the center of the oven for 50 minutes, until lightly golden on top.

  • 10.

    Let the bars cool completely, then remove the bars from the pan and cut into squares.

*These bars have 270 calories and 8 grams of sugar per serving compared to the brown sugar-sweetened version which have 300 calories and 23 grams of sugar.

Nutrition Per Serving

Calories 270
Total Fat 14g
Saturated Fat 8g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 50mg
Sodium 80mg
Total Carbohydrate 39g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 8g
Erythritol 6g
Protein 4g
Vitamin A 10% DV
Vitamin C 0% DV
Calcium 4% DV
Iron 10% DV