Gluten Free Cherry Pie Bars with a Crumb Topping

These gluten-free cherry pie bars have all the deliciousness of a cherry pie without the time needed to actually making one! It uses nutrient-dense almond flour to make the crust and the crumble on top and is packed with fresh cherry flavor. These bars are gluten-free, dairy-free friendly, and the ultimate summer dessert!

A gluten free cherry pie bar on a plateGluten-Free Cherry Pie Bars

There is nothing better than an awesome summer dessert that is easy-to-make and made healthier using simple wholesome ingredients. These gluten-free cherry pie bars are just so delicious and so quick to put together! The crust is made out of almond flour and the filling is jam-packed with cherries that are sweetened just the right amount.

We use the same mixture for the crust as well as the crumble topping, and precook the cherry filling on the stove top so that it’s just the right texture with minimal baking time!

Let’s talk cherries

We tested this with two different types of cherries: fresh sour cherries and frozen sweet cherries. They do result in slightly different flavors and textures but both are equally delicious. The fresh cherries are of course, a bit less sweet and have a firmer texture. The frozen cherries are sweeter and are a bit more juicy. The photographs shown in this article are the frozen sweet cherries and they have a darker color, but the video features fresh cherries. You can use whatever is available to you whether it be fresh or frozen cherries.

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What you need to make these cherry pie bars:

  • Almond flour
  • Tapioca flour
  • Coconut oil or butter
  • Maple syrup
  • Vanilla
  • Sea salt
  • Cherries, fresh or frozen
  • Maple sugar (or coconut sugar)
  • Arrowroot

Here are the kitchen tools you need:

  • Large bowl
  • 8″ x 8″ baking dish
  • Parchment paper
  • Pot
  • Spatula
  • Measuring cups

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Ingredients

For crumble crust and topping

For Cherry Filling

  • 4 cups pitted cherries, halved (see note)
  • 1/3 cup maple sugar
  • 1 tablespoon arrowroot
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF and line an 8×8 baking dish with a parchment paper sling.
  2. In a large bowl add almond flour, tapioca, coconut oil (or butter), maple syrup, vanilla and sea salt and mix well until it turns into large crumbles. Place ⅔ of the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan and press down evenly.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Set aside.
  4. Meanwhile make cherry filling: in a medium saucepan add cherries, maple sugar, arrowroot and vanilla and mix well. Cook on medium heat, stirring often, until filling becomes thick, about 5 minutes.
  5. Pour cherry mixture into parbaked crust and sprinkle the remaining crumble mixture on top and bake for 20 minutes. 
  6. Let cool completely before cutting.
  7. Store in refrigerator.

Recipe Notes

  1. Do not substitute the maple syrup in the crust/topping with another sweetener, it will alter the recipe.
  2. You can substitute the maple sugar in the cherry mixture for coconut sugar if you wish.
  3. You can use frozen cherries here if you don’t have fresh.
  4. Recipe and photos updated 5/16/19

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