Caramel sauce is full of sugar and dairy. My "caramel" sauce main ingredient is dates!
"Caramel" Apple Bars
1 8-oz. package pitted dates (approx 35)
1/2 c. hot water
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/8 tsp. extra fine sea salt
1/2 c. brown sugar
2/3 c. applesauce
1 1/2 c. whole wheat pastry flour
1 1/4 c. old fashion oats
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. extra fine sea salt
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
2 large tart apples, peeled, cored & chopped
Heat oven to 400 degrees. With nonstick cooking spray, lightly coat a 8" x 8" or a 7" x 9" baking dish.
-In a food processor, combine the dates, hot water, vanilla, and salt. May need to scrape down sides a few times. Run until smooth.
-In a large bowl, whisk the brown sugar and applesauce
-Add remaining ingredients down to the cinnamon. Combine well.
-Take half of the dough mixture and gently press on the bottom of the prepared baking dish. (Can add more dough mixture if needed)
-Layer the apples on the dough mixture.
-Spread the "caramel" sauce over the apples.
-Spread the rest of the remaining dough over the top. Won't be totally covered.
-Bake covered for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake another 15 minutes.
-Cool, cut and enjoy!