Dulce de Leche Apple Streusel Bars (100% whole grain)

These apple bars have a layer of dulce de leche sandwiched between streusel and apples!

cla Dulce de Leche Apple Streusel Bars made healthier from texanerin.com

A group of food bloggers has gotten together today to help bring some attention to the fight against hunger in the US. I think a lot of us take for granted that we have the money to go to the grocery store and generally, buy whatever we want to eat.

This is especially true during the holiday season. While we eat our huge and most likely excessive meals, other people won’t be that lucky. 1 in 6 Americans don’t know where their next meal is coming from.

So please consider donating to your kid’s school or church’s food drive, or volunteer at Feeding America or another local food bank.

Healthier Dulce de Leche Apple Streusel Bars from texanerin.com

If you want to help monetarily, check out Feeding America. Every $1 you donate means 9 meals for a family in need. Or you can even launch your own virtual food drive, like my friend, Mary, is doing right now! She has a great post up right now over at Barefeet in the Kitchen.

Dulce de Leche (Caramel) Apple Streusel Bars from texanerin.com

To help spread awareness, Anonlon and Wusthof have generously donated two items to give away! One person will win this Anolon Nonstick 11-Piece Cookware Set (worth $400!) and one will win a Wusthof Classic 7 Piece Knife Block Set (valued at $300!) Scroll down to enter.

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Now, for the bars!

I don’t normally get this decadent but sometimes I just just feel like drowning stuff in homemade dulce de leche. It seriously only takes 3 minutes of preparation – you empty two cans of sweetened condensed milk into a pan and let it go for 1 1/2 hours in the oven. Stir until smooth. That’s it!

Since these are for a Thanksgiving potluck, I made them in a 9″ x 13″ pan instead of my usual 8″ x 8″ or even a loaf pan! But be warned – these are terribly addictive. Even Mr. T., who prefers his veggies to sweets, couldn’t keep his hands off these. We eventually just had to give them away. It was an act of preservation. ;)

Dulce de Leche Apple Streusel Bars from texanerin.com – made healthier!

Although these apple streusel bars are super sinful, I did do what I could to make them slightly healthier! They’re 100% whole wheat (you can’t taste it though!) and I used coconut sugar, coconut oil and honey. These apple bars definitely aren’t a low-calorie or low-sugar treat but trust me – it’s worth it!

These are pretty simple to make, too. You make the streusel, which is the base and the topping of the bars, and then between that, you have apples, and on top of those, you pour the dulce de leche.

If you want to be extra naughty, you can pipe on even more on top, but really, you don’t need it. They’re decadent enough!

Dulce de Leche Apple Streusel Bars from texanerin.com – 100% whole grain and made healthier!

Looking for grain-free version? Check out these apple pie bars I made a few weeks ago!

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Be sure to check out what the others have made! And a big thanks to Erin of Dinners, Dishes and Desserts for organizing everything!

Dulce de Leche Apple Streusel Bars

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Dulce de Leche Apple Streusel Bars (100% whole grain)
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  • Yield: 24 bars

Ingredients

    For the streusel:

  • ¾ cup (88 grams) coconut or unrefined sugar
  • 2 tablespoons (40 grams) honey
  • 1 cup - 1 tablespoon (210 grams or 15 tablespoons) refined coconut oil, room temperature
  • 1⅔ cups (208 grams) whole wheat flour
  • 1½ cups (140 grams) old fashioned oats
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • For the apples:

  • 5 cups apples, cored and diced
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1¼ cups (370 grams) dulce de leche, slightly warmed in the microwave

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (176 degrees C) and line a 9" x 13" pan with a piece of parchment paper (for easy removal of the bars). If you don't have parchment paper, spray the pan with baking spray.
  2. In a large bowl with an electric mixer, blend together the sugar, honey, and coconut oil until well combined.
  3. Add the flour, oats, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda and continue blending until thoroughly combined.
  4. Pat about half of the mixture onto the bottom of the prepared pan.
  5. Set the remaining mixture aside while you prepare the filling.
  6. In another large bowl, mix the apples, vanilla, cinnamon and cornstarch until well combined.
  7. Pour the apple mixture over the crust that you just pat onto the bottom of the pan.
  8. Drizzle on the dulce de leche.
  9. Sprinkle the remaining topping mixture over the top of the dulce de leche and lightly pat it down.
  10. Bake the bars for 25 minutes or until the top is lightly browned.
  11. The bars might appear runny around the edges when you take them out of the oven, but don't worry, they will firm up in the fridge.
  12. Let the bars cool completely and then place in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours to firm up.
  13. Cut the bars into squares and place in an airtight container.
  14. Store the bars in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

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Disclaimer: Anolon and Wusthof are generously sponsoring this giveaway. I was not compensated for this post and all opinions are my own!
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40 comments on “Dulce de Leche Apple Streusel Bars (100% whole grain)” — Add one!

  • Mary says
    November 23, 2013 @ 3:28 am

    Thank you so much for your sweet words, Erin. We really can make a difference in so many lives by helping feed the hungry! Have a blessed weekend!

    Reply
  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) says
    November 22, 2013 @ 5:58 pm

    I love dulce de leche and anything with streusel – incredible bars!

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  • Alanna says
    November 19, 2013 @ 10:02 pm

    Oh my, these are a work of art, and I love that you’re bringing attention to hunger in the U.S.

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    • Erin replies to Alanna
      November 20, 2013 @ 9:45 pm

      Thanks, Alanna! And yeah. It was a good learning experience! I had NO idea how dire the situation really is. Scary and sad stuff. :(

      Reply
  • Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen says
    November 19, 2013 @ 4:30 pm

    These are kind of (REALLY REALLY) rocking my world right now!!

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  • Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com says
    November 19, 2013 @ 1:38 pm

    These bars look GREAT! Great that they are for an awesome cause!
    I had not heard of coconut sugar before – thank you for sharing these tantalizing bars!

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    • Erin replies to Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com
      November 20, 2013 @ 9:47 pm

      Not heard of coconut sugar?! Oooh! You’ve got to get yourself some! I use it most of the time nowadays. :) And thanks for the nice comment. :)

      Reply
  • Mimi @ Culinary Couture says
    November 19, 2013 @ 5:50 am

    These look phenomenal Erin! I’m ready to indulge!

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  • Jessica @ Portuguese Girl Cooks says
    November 19, 2013 @ 5:42 am

    I definitely can’t resist a streusel topping or dulce de leche, so these look absolutely delicious!

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  • Jennie @themessybakerblog says
    November 19, 2013 @ 12:42 am

    Erin, this is such a good cause. Oh my, these are some delicious looking bars. What’s a few calories in the big picture of things? Pinned.

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  • Tracey says
    November 18, 2013 @ 11:01 pm

    Dulce de leche might just be the most delicious thing ever! I am so in love with these bars – I wish I could reach through my screen and grab one :) They just might end up on my Thanksgiving to-do list!

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    • Erin replies to Tracey
      November 20, 2013 @ 9:49 pm

      I would be honored if they made their way to your Thanksgiving! ;) Let me know if they do!

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  • Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen says
    November 18, 2013 @ 9:26 pm

    These bars are amazing! Who could turn down dulce de leche + apples?!!?!?!

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  • Kim Beaulieu says
    November 18, 2013 @ 9:18 pm

    First of all it’s a pleasure to do this event with you today. It’s such a good cause and I’m glad Erin put this together.

    Second, oh em gee, look at these things. You went above and beyond. These are spectacular. I just want to shove that top one right in my piehole. Gorgeous!

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    • Erin replies to Kim Beaulieu
      November 20, 2013 @ 9:50 pm

      Same to you, Kim! And agreed. Erin did a great job! And a great thing.

      And haha. I love that you said piehole. :D

      Reply
  • Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking says
    November 18, 2013 @ 7:34 pm

    These are to die for, Erin! As evidenced by my post today, I too love a good apple bar, but these take it over the top! A must make for the holidays.

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  • Megan {Country Cleaver} says
    November 18, 2013 @ 6:04 pm

    Sometimes you have to sin a little – and these looks sinful!! I just love them to the ends of the earth!

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  • Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction says
    November 18, 2013 @ 5:27 pm

    These look amazing! Love the dulce de leche and apple combo!

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  • Liz says
    November 18, 2013 @ 5:24 pm

    Your apple streusel bars look totally irresistible, Erin! Love the dulce de leche drizzle…yum!!!

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    • Erin replies to Liz
      November 20, 2013 @ 10:02 pm

      It was a bit much but oh well. Nobody complained. ;)

      Reply
  • Carla @ Carlas Confections says
    November 18, 2013 @ 4:28 pm

    These bars are awesome, and I love the photos! Seriously gorgeous!

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  • Carolyn says
    November 18, 2013 @ 3:57 pm

    Dulce de leche and apples together…brilliant!

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    • Erin replies to Carolyn
      November 20, 2013 @ 10:04 pm

      Thanks! And hey… can you make dulce de leche with Swerve? I sure hope so! :)

      Reply
  • Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts says
    November 18, 2013 @ 3:16 pm

    These bars look incredible! I love the streusel and the dulce de leche! Thank you so much for participating!

    Reply
  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar says
    November 18, 2013 @ 2:58 pm

    I love these! Such a fabulous sweet treat :)

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  • Marta @ What Should I eat for breakfast today
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    November 18, 2013 @ 2:42 pm

    Dulce de leche is my small obsession since I had tones of it in Argentina. Such a delicious treat. Hugs from Barcelona :)

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  • Rachel Cooks says
    November 18, 2013 @ 1:27 pm

    These look so amazing!!

    Reply

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