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Apple Pie Cinnamon Bars

Posted by on May 29, 2012 in Blog, Snacks | 0 comments

Apple Pie Cinnamon Bars

Good luck keeping yourself away from these babies!  I’ve been reading about homemade Lara bars all over the internet lately.  I love Lara bars.  If you’re not familiar with them, they are just fruit and nut bars with only about five ingredients in each bar.   Super good and healthy, great on the go, or to replace a meal when you’re in a hurry but they are expensive.  I remember my sister Lisa telling me how easy it would be to make them myself, but I never took the time to do it until recently.

I have a few different flavors I’m going to share with you but today I’m starting with my favorite, APPLE PIE!  The flavors of this are so amazing, you cannot take a bite of it and it not remind you of an apple pie on Thanksgiving day.  This is serious business people, taste as a good as a pie but it is a lot healthier.  Take notes and get to “baking”(actually no baking required!)

I looked to one of my favorite websites World’s Healthiest Foods as inspiration and came up with these.  I was actually trying to make a flavor Angelo liked because the last two bars I had made had chocolate and he isn’t a chocolate fan(how that is possible, I don’t know).  After making his, requested, apple pie flavor I sampled some(quality control!) and I fell in love!

I apologize for the weird shaped bar in the photo, I used a different pan to mold them with, so they came out shaped a little different.



  1. Use a food processor to chop dates.  The dates will form a sticky dough, once this forms put them into a big bowl.  Throw the apple in the food processor once it is chopped(it will be mushy as well) add it to the bowl with the dates.
  2. Put cashews, almonds, salt and cinnamon into the food processor and chop the nuts until they are tiny but not completely turned into dust, you’ll want some texture in the bars.
  3. Add the nuts to the bowl with the dates and apple and combine them.  I just get my hands right in there and mix everything together, it is a little easier than trying to use a spoon.
  4. Once they are combined add the mixture to a pan-if you want super thick bars use a smaller pan, if you want thin ones use a bigger one(I usually use a 7X11 inch pan, but I already had something in that particular pan so I used a square one, which is why the shape is different), you can also cover the pan with foil so the mixture is easy to pop out.
  5. You’ll have to push on the mixture with a spatula to make sure it is even.  Also work the mixture making sure you get it into all the corners.  Leave in the fridge for 15-20 minutes.
  6. After the apple pie is chilled, remove from the fridge, flip upside down on a cutting boards and cut into pieces.  This usually makes about 10-12 bars depending on what pan you use!  You could also make them into balls if you prefer.
  7. I store mine by wrapping them individually in plastic wrap, so they are ready to grab and go.  They’ll last for about 10 days in the refrigerator, or you can put them in the freezer(wrapped individually in plastic wrap then put into a zip lock or air tight container).
  8. This is the shape of the bars when I use a 7X11 inch pan. Chocolate Cherry Pie recipe to be shared soon!!!

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