These Salted Caramel Apple Bars layer sliced apples and cinnamon streusel on top of a sweet shortbread crust. Finished with a drizzle of vegan salted caramel, they’re just as comforting as an apple pie but easier to make!

Want more vegan cookie bars? Try my Vegan Pecan Bars, Vegan Cranberry Bliss Bars, Seven Layer Bars, and Vegan Sugar Cookie Bars.

close up on a stack of salted caramel apple bars.

Sometimes, baking an entire vegan apple pie is just too overwhelming or way too much work. That’s when I like to make pie bars instead, like these Salted Caramel Apple Bars! Just like my Blueberry Pie Bars and Mini Pumpkin Pies, they’re much easier to put together but taste just as heavenly as a real pie.

There are four layers in these easy apple bars: (1) A buttery shortbread crust, (2) cinnamon sugar-coated apples, (3) oat crumble, and (4) vegan caramel sauce. Together, they form the most comforting dessert!

Why I love these salted caramel apple bars

  • Bite-sized apple dessert – When you want to capture the magic of a comforting vegan apple crisp or vegan apple pie in a small bite-sized dessert, make these salted caramel apple pie bars.
  • Tastes like fall – You’ll find the most comforting blend of sweet-tart apples, cinnamon, and nutmeg in every bite of this apple bars recipe. A drizzle of vegan salted caramel on top doesn’t hurt, either.
  • Surprisingly easy – Despite the lengthy steps, this is a foolproof dessert through and through. The shortbread crust, apple filling, and streusel topping all come together so easily!
a spoon lifting out of a small jar of vegan salted caramel.

How to make apple bars

To make the shortbread crust, stir the melted vegan butter, sugar, and vanilla together. Stir in the flour until combined. Dump the crust into a parchment paper-lined baking pan and press it into an even layer. Par-bake the crust.

Meanwhile, stir the sliced apples, sugar, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a separate bowl to make the apple filling.

Stir the oats, flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon together in another bowl. Use a pastry cutter to cut in the cold vegan butter until the mixture looks like coarse crumbs.

To assemble the bars, layer the apple filling over the warm baked crust, pressing them down to make them fit. Sprinkle the oat mixture over top. Bake until the topping is golden brown.

Set the baked apple pie bars aside to cool at room temperature. Afterward, cut them into squares and add a drizzle of vegan salted caramel or vegan caramel sauce on top. Enjoy!

2 salted caramel apple bars on top of each other.

Frequently asked questions

What kind of apples should I use?

Just like my Apple Crumble and Apple Muffins, I like to make these apple crisp bars with honeycrisp or granny smith apples. Both hold their shape well and don’t turn to mush when baked.

Do I have to peel the apples?

Yes, I highly recommend peeling the apples. The peeled apple slices are more tender and you’ll get cleaner bites (no stringy peels pulling the bars apart!).

Can they be made gluten free?

Sure! Just use a quality gluten free flour mix instead of the all purpose flour.

How do you store the leftovers?

I like to eat the vegan apple bars within 1 or 2 days of baking because the sliced and baked apples tend to turn brown as they sit. The caramel on top will make the streusel soggy, too. Still, if you have leftovers, you can keep them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week or in the freezer for about 3 months.

close up on a stack of salted caramel apple bars.
5 stars (2 ratings)

Salted Caramel Apple Bars

These Salted Caramel Apple Bars are better than apple pie and so much easier to make!
Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes
Total: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 16 bars


Shortbread Crust

Apple Filling

  • 2 large honey crisp or granny smith apples peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg optional



  • Prepare the pan and preheat oven – Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F and line a 8-inch square metal baking pan with parchment paper. Leave some overhang on all sides for easy removal later. Set aside.
  • Make the shortbread crust – Add the melted vegan butter, sugar, vanilla to a medium sized bowl and stir. Now add the flour and stir until combined. Press evenly into the prepared pan. Place in the oven and bake for 15 minutes, then remove and set aside. Turn the oven up to 350 degrees F.
  • Make the apple filling – In a large bowl, combine the apples, sugar, flour, cinnamon and nutmeg and stir until the apples are coated. Set aside.
  • Make the topping – Stir the oats, flour, brown sugar and cinnamon in a medium sized bowl (I use the same bowl I made the crust in). Use a pastry cutter (or your hands) to cut in the cold vegan butter until the mixture looks like coarse crumbs.
  • Put together and bake – Layer the apple mixture evenly over the warm crust. Press them down a bit to make them all fit. Sprinkle the topping over the apples and bake for 30-35 minutes until golden brown.
  • Let cool and serve – Remove from oven and let cool for about 30 minutes at room temperature, then move to the refrigerator and let chill for 1 hour, if possible. You can also serve warm, they just won't hold together as well. Use the parchment overhang to lift the bars out of the pan. Cut into squares with a large heavy knife. Drizzle with some vegan salted caramel before serving. Enjoy!


  1. May double and bake in a 9×13 inch pan. Bake the crust a little longer, about 19 minutes, and the bars for 50 minutes.
  2. Gluten free? Substitute a gluten free flour mix.


Serving: 1of 16 servings | Calories: 169kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 2g | Sodium: 68mg | Potassium: 58mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 16IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Nora Taylor
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  1. Just made this using GF 1:1 flour, and it’s amazing. Drizzled with the salted caramel sauce, it’s a perfect dessert. Unfortunately, I’m sending the box of treats off as a gift, so I just tasted the trimmings off the sides. I’ll just have to make more! As usual, Nora, an amazing recipe!

    1. Sounds like you may have to make another batch! Thank you for taking time to share your wonderful feedback and review! I’m so glad you loved the bars. Wishing you happy cooking!

  2. Made these and they came out AMAZINGLY! The vegan salted caramel sauce was to die for. The bars were fantastic. Followed the recipe exactly. Easy to follow. Can’t believe I made a successful vegan salted caramel sauce that EVERYONE LOVED. To be honest, took me three tries to get the caramel perfect, but I did not mind. I watch cooking shows on the regular so I’ve witnessed experienced chefs struggle with caramel. Thanks for the recipe and straight forward, easy to follow instructions Nora. You are fabulous!!

    1. I’m thrilled it worked out for you, Robyn. Thank you so much for the wonderful review and feedback!

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