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Apple Streusel Coffee Bars

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This recipe is my way of marrying together an apple streusel pastry and a coffee cake.  Except my version is raw, gluten-free, and dairy-free.   Today’s post makes a lot of crackers, of course you can always cut the ingredients in half if you want to.   I used almond pulp for the cracker base, which I have come to love using in my cracker recipes.  It gives the cracker and light, airy, crunchy and sturdy texture.  You can use ground nuts instead but it will affect the texture and the taste.   Even though there are several components to this dessert cracker, you will be amazed as to how simple each one is to make.  This recipe makes a large quantity, so feel free to half or quarter the recipe.

Ingredients: yields roughly 100 barsapple-streusel-coffee-bars

Cracker:

  • 6 cups packed, moist almond pulp
  • 1 cup ground flax-seed
  • 1 cup raw pecans, soaked
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds, soaked
  • 2 organic apples, cored and chopped
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp liquid stevia

Date paste:

Streusel Crumble:

  • 2 cups packed, moist almond pulp
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

Streusel Glaze:

Preparation:

Crackers:

  1. After soaking the pecans and almonds, drain and rinse them.  If you already have soaked and dehydrated pecans and almonds in the pantry, use those.
  2. Place the pecans and almonds in the food processor, fitted with the “S” blade, and process until it resembles a small crumble.   Place in a large bowl.
  3. Add the almond pulp to the ground nuts and mix.  Set aside.
  4. In the same food processor bowl combine the apples, flax-seed, almond butter, chia seeds, maple syrup, cinnamon, salt and stevia.  Process until creamy.   Pour over the nuts and almond pulp and mix together with your hands.
  5. Spread the cracker batter  1/4″  thick over the teflex sheet that comes with the dehydrator.  Be careful that you don’t spread the batter to thin or the crackers will break to easily.  I used 2 Excalibur trays, spreading the batter all the way to the edges.
  6. Score the crackers and dehydrate at 115 degrees for 6-8 hours.  When dry enough, flip them over onto the mesh sheet and continue drying for another 6-8 hours or until completely dry.

Date paste:

  1. Click here for how to make date paste.
  2. Place 1-2 cups of date paste in a piping bag fitted with this wonderful tip.  You can use a butter knife instead but I just love using piping bags.
  3. If using the piping tip, lay the tip on the edge of the cracker and drag it across it while putting gentle and firm pressure on the bag.  Stop the pressure once you get to the other side of the cracker and lift off.  Do this to all the crackers.

Streusel Crumble:

  1. In a medium bowl combine the almond pulp, maple syrup, cinnamon and salt.  Mix with your hands to make sure everything is well incorporated.
  2. Drop the batter in small crumbles on the teflex sheet that comes with the dehydrator and dry at 115 degree for 4 hours or until dry.
  3. Sprinkle the crumbles on top of the date paste frosted cracker.  Set aside.
  4. Store extra in a sealed container for up to 2 weeks.

Streusel Glaze:

  1. Soften the coconut butter but placing the jar in a large bowl and surrounding it with hot water.
  2. Drizzle the glaze over the cracker in a zigzag pattern.  You can use a piping bag or a ziplock baggie with the bottom corner tip snipped off.

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3 thoughts on “Apple Streusel Coffee Bars

  1. Kanti Pike says:

    you are just to wonderful! thanks!

  2. Bren says:

    Hello Amie Sue I love your recipes can’t always give a comment on each one that you send but I am so appreciative of your hard work and dedication to making good and healthy eating look and taste so good. I’m a medical missionary and I have to use raw dishes to help my clients body get a good boost or jump start in order to heal itself and I share your site with friends and family on Facebook and wherever I go because our health is a true wealth and without we are truly poor no matter what’s in the bank. your site and a few faithful others has truly for me been a God send. Thanks a million! Be blessed and always a blessing. God bless you and your family.

    • amie-sue says:

      Bren,

      I understand that your time is valuable and precious. And because of that, it means the world to me that you took time out to share all this with me. Thank you very much, :)

      Thank you for spreading the word, and thank you for all that you do as a medical missionary. You are gifted and blessed. I will take your blessings and send them back to you ten fold. :) Be blessed and have a great weekend, amie sue

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