Honey Apple Crumble Bars with Honey Caramel Sauce

Honey Apple Crumble Bars with Honey Caramel Sauce

YIELD: Makes 12 bars


For Crumble and Crust:

1 1/3 cups - all-purpose flour

1/4 cup - ground almonds

1/2 tsp. - baking powder

1/4 tsp. - salt

10 T - unsalted butter, cold and cut into cubes

1/2 cup - honey

1 large - egg yolk

1 T - cold water

For Apple Filling:

2 1/2 cups - fresh apple slices

1 T - lemon juice

2 T - all-purpose flour

1/2 cup - honey

1/2 tsp. - ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp. - ground nutmeg

1 tsp. - vanilla extract

For Honey Caramel:

2 T - unsalted butter

1/4 cup - honey

1/2 cup - heavy whipping cream

1/2 tsp. - vanilla extract

pinch of salt

pinch of cinnamon


For the Crumb and Crust:

Preheat the oven to 375° F. Prepare an 8×8-inch baking pan with the non-stick coating of your choice.

Whisk together flour, ground almonds, baking powder and salt.

Next, cut in the cold butter using two forks or a pastry cutter, stir into the existing mixture, then slowly mix in the honey, egg yolk and cold water. [Note: Don't worry if the dough seems crumbly -- it should be!]

Take half of the crumble mixture and press into the prepared pan. The rest should be saved for the top of the bars.

For the Apple Filling:

Stir together apple slices, lemon juice, flour, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla until combined.

To assemble, evenly add apple filling to the top of the crust.

Next, sprinkle the remaining crumble over the top of the apple filling.

Bake for 30-38 minutes or until golden brown and set.

Cool bars to room temperature then cut and serve, topped with the Honey Caramel.

For the Honey Caramel:

While bars bake, add butter and honey to a medium-sized pot over medium heat and allow the butter to melt and combine with the honey. Once butter completely melts, stir together over medium-high heat for about 5-6 minutes or until it has thickened somewhat.

Whisk in the cream and bring to a boil then remove from heat. Finally stir in the vanilla, salt and cinnamon and allow it to thicken and cool a bit. Drizzle honey caramel sauce over completed bars and enjoy!


For an extra pollinator food addition, add 1 cup of your favorite berries (strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries) and bring the apples down to 1 1/2 cups.

Recipe courtesy of Jocelyn Delk Adams aka Grandbaby Cakes, made for the National Honey Board

For an extra honey crunch, use Purely Elizabeth made with honey granola in crumble top – reduce the almonds by 2 T and use 2 T of granola

For an added layer of flavor, add a drizzle Justin’s made with honey nut butter of your choice before enjoying

Enjoy with a glass of Melle Water or Lost Cause Meadery mead alongside the bar!