Apple-cinnamon Fruit Bars


For Crust: 1 cup  chopped nuts (walnuts, pecans, almonds or hazelnuts) or old-fashioned rolled oats, divided 3/4 cup  whole-wheat pastry flour (see Note) 3/4 cup  all-purpose flour 1/2 cup  sugar 1/2 teaspoon   salt 4 tablespoons   cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces 1   large egg 2 tablespoons  canola oil 1 teaspoon   vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon   almond extract For Fruit Filling: 6 cups  diced peeled apples, divided 1/2 cup  apple cider or orange juice 1/2 cup  sugar 1/4 cup  cornstarch 1 1/2 teaspoons   ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon   vanilla extract Tip: : Lower in protein than regular whole-wheat flour, whole-wheat pastry flour is milled from soft wheat and has less gluten-forming potential, making it a better choice for tender baked goods. You can find it in the natural-foods section of large supermarkets and natural-foods stores. Store in the freezer.


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