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Moist Apple Squares with Creamy Caramel Frosting: A Delicious Treat for Any Diet

Moist Apple Squares with Creamy Caramel Frosting: A Delicious Treat for Any Diet

Savor the delicious blend of juicy apples and sweet caramel with these moist apple squares, topped with creamy caramel frosting. This recipe is versatile and meets a variety of dietary needs, including keto, low-carb, gluten-free, and sugar-free options. Using alternative flours like almond, flax or coconut, these squares are not only delicious, but also a healthier option for those who are conscious of their carb intake. The creamy frosting can be made with yogurt or cream cheese, adding a rich finish to this moist dessert.

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Why you'll love it: These apple squares are perfect for anyone looking for a guilt-free treat without compromising on flavor. The natural sweetness of the apples combined with the rich caramel topping makes this a satisfying treat that's also nutritious. The addition of cinnamon enhances the flavor profile, bringing a warm, spicy note that perfectly complements the sweetness of the apples and caramel.

Perfect occasion: These apple squares are ideal for gatherings where guests may have various dietary restrictions. They are perfect for brunch, afternoon tea or as a dessert at a dinner party. Plus, they make a great snack for kids' lunch boxes or a sweet treat to enjoy after a meal. Their attractive appearance and delicious taste make them perfect for festive occasions or as a homemade gift during the holidays.

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Decorating Tips: Drizzle extra caramel sauce on top for a more decadent finish. If you're serving them at a party or gathering, sprinkle a little cinnamon or chopped nuts over the icing to enhance their appearance and add texture.

Ingredients:

  • For the apple squares:
    • 3 large apples, grated (with peel)
    • 3 eggs
    • ½ cup (120 ml) oil
    • ¾ cup (200 ml) milk of your choice (dairy or plant-based)
    • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
    • 2 cups (230 g) nut-based flour or any low-carb/gluten-free flour
    • 3 tablespoons sweetener or ¾ cup (100 g) erythritol or monk fruit (or regular sugar if you're not avoiding sugar)
    • 1 tablespoon of baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
  • For the icing:
    • 1 cup Greek yogurt or cream cheese (use vegan options if dairy-free)
    • Sweetener to taste
    • ½ cup sugar-free caramel sauce (or make your own with erythritol or monk fruit, or use honey/jam if you're not avoiding sugar)

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the dough:
    • Preheat the oven to 180°C (356°F). Butter a square mold (approximately 15 cm).
    • In a large bowl, whisk the eggs and sweetener for about 4 minutes.
    • Add the oil, milk and vanilla extract and mix well.
    • Gradually add the flour, baking powder and optional cinnamon, mixing until smooth.
    • Add the grated apples.
  2. Cook:
    • Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and smooth the top.
    • Bake for about 45 minutes or until the top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  3. Prepare the frosting:
    • Mix yogurt or cream cheese with sweetener to taste.
    • If you're making your own caramel, gently heat the erythritol in a pan until it dissolves and turns golden.
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    • Let the cake cool completely before frosting it.
    • Spread the frosting on the cake, then drizzle with caramel sauce.
  5. Serve:
    • Cut into squares and serve. Enjoy the delicious combination of moist apple cake and creamy caramel frosting.

These moist apple squares with creamy caramel frosting offer a fantastic way to enjoy a sweet treat while accommodating any dietary preferences or restrictions. They're sure to be a hit with their moist texture, rich flavor, and visually appealing presentation!

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