Maple Apple Bars with Maple Cream Cheese Glaze

Published March 17, 2012. Updated February 13, 2024

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Maple Apple Bars – A truly delightful dessert is formed when the flavors of an apple spice cake meet the exciting flavors of a maple glazed doughnut.  These are scrape the pan clean good!

Maple Apple Bars with Maple Cream Cheese Glaze

Maple Apple Bars with Maple Cream Cheese Glaze

I don’t care if it’s fall, spring, or anytime between. These Maple Apple Bars are amazing.

They are perfectly moist, generously spiced, loaded with fresh fruit, and then smothered with silky maple cream cheese glaze.  This bar is Heaven!  I’m pretty certain that if I hadn’t restrained myself with some self-control then I easily could have finished the entire jelly roll pan myself.

Fresh apples make a big difference, as does the applesauce. Fresh apples add so much flavor, and you can play with the types of apples you use if you like stronger or sweeter apple flavors. The applesauce is healthier than shortening or oil, and keeps the bars so moist and springy.

I like to sprinkle pecans or walnuts on top to add some crunch, but you might also try grated apples, sprinkles, or a streusel topping!

Healthy Breakfast Bars

My husband ate them and said, “mmmm… this is like a healthier maple bar.” I’d have to agree, they taste similar, but in my opinion, these are better and healthier.  Spices and fresh fruit make everything better! In fact, I think you can get away with enjoying these healthy maple apple bars for breakfast! You could also add in some oats to make it more filling with healthy grains. They’d be really easy to meal prep at the beginning of the week and to enjoy one square at a time with a glass of milk.

Do you have some extra apples lounging around just waiting for the perfect use?  Then you must give these a try this week!

Maple Apple Bar with Maple Cream Cheese Glaze

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Maple Apple Bars with Maple Cream Cheese Glaze

Deliciously flavorful maple apple and spice bars with a rich cream cheese glaze finish.
Servings: 20
Prep30 minutes
Cook35 minutes
Ready in: 1 hour 5 minutes


Maple Cream Cheese Glaze

  • 3 oz . 1/3 less fat Cream Cheese , softened
  • 2 Tbsp butter , softened
  • 1 tsp maple flavor
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp milk


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg, set aside. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, stir together granulated sugar, light-brown sugar, eggs, vegetable oil, applesauce, vanilla extract and maple flavor on low speed for 2 minutes. Stir in dry ingredients and mix just until incorporated. Stir in grated apples. Pour mixture into a buttered 15x10 inch jellyroll pan. Bake 22-25 minutes until golden brown and toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Allow to cool to lukewarm then frost with Maple Cream Cheese Glaze. Sprinkle with optional nuts. Cut into bars. Store in an airtight container.

Maple Cream Cheese Glaze

  • In a mixing bowl, using an electric mixer, whip together cream cheese, butter, maple flavor and salt until smooth. Stir in powdered sugar and milk and mix until well blended and smooth.