Apple Pie Protein Bars with Sauteed Apples
Healthy apple pie bars are soft, sweet, and chewy with a delicious crunchy crust. These bars are filled with warm, cozy spices and are incredibly easy to make! They are not only packet with protein, but also naturally sweetened, vegan, dairy-free, and easily made gluten free. The perfect treat or snack that you’ll make on repeat this fall!
Fall is here and one of our favorite family fall activities is visiting our local orchard! With no doubt here I am, stocking up all the apples to make as many treats as possible. Everything tastes SO much better when fresh and in season!
I love having healthy snacks on hand, especially when it comes to fruit bars and I Knew I needed to create an apple version for fall. That’s when these healthy and no bake Apple Pie Protein Bars came to life! They got it all! They’re full of warm fall flavors, packed with protein and healthy fats, naturally sweetened and incredibility tasty! Much better than any store-bought apple bars that are usually packed with refined sugar and ingredients that we don’t even know how to pronounce.
Mission accomplished! I guarantee these Apple Pie Bars are going to be your favorite healthy fall snack and I’m so excited to share with y’all!
Why I LOVE these Chewy No Bake Apple Pie Bars
I love nourishing my body with healthy and delicious snacks. These apple bars are naturally sweetened with dates and packed with protein and healthy fats. A great way to fuel the body!
They make a delicious fall treat, a perfect on-the-go breakfast for busy mornings, and a nutritious snack.
They are incredibly easy to make, and they don’t require baking. Perfect for busy mamas!
I love that these bars are packed with warm and cozy fall flavors, and no one will tell they’re vegan, dairy-free, and healthy!
Simple Ingredients Needed For Apple Bars:
These delicious apple bars are made with simple, healthy, and fresh ingredients. Here is what you’ll need:
Graham crackers: The base for these apple bars. You can easily make them gluten free by using gluten-free Graham crackers.
Almond butter: I like using creamy and untweeted almond butter but feel free to use your favorite nut butter.
Dairy-free milk: You can use your favorite store-bought milk or make your own dairy-free milk using this link.
“Apple Pie” Filling:
Raw Walnuts: they give these bars not only a delicious crunchy texture and nutty flavor but also add extra healthy fats.
Medjool Dates: my favorite natural sweetness and their sticky texture helps to hold the bars together.
Apple: You can use your favorite apple. I typically use Gala, Fuji, or Pink Lady
Apple Pie Spice: For a warm and cozy fall flavor. Click here to learn how to make your own
Pea Protein Powder: To boost protein and make these bars even more healthy, My favorite is Nuzest– use code SHUANGY15 for a discount!
Apples: Pick your favorite and make sure to slice them very thin.
How to Make Apple Pie Protein Bars
These healthy apple pie bars are not only delicious and incredible easy to make, but they are also packed with protein, healthy fats, and cozy fall flavors. Even better, they don’t require any baking. Here is how to make:
Freeze for at least 1 hour, cut in squares and dive in!
Can I Omit the Protein Powder?
You can easily omit the pea protein powder if you choose not to use it. Simply use coconut flour instead. They both absorb the moisture and will work great in this recipe!
Tips & Tricks to make the BEST No Bake Apple Pie Protein Bars
- Don’t skip freezing! Make sure to freeze your apple pie bars for at least 1 hour before cutting. This step will allow them to firm up, so they are not crumbly.
- For the apple topping try to sauté the sliced apples with a little bit of maple syrup and coconut oil (about 1 tbsp of each) until slightly softened before laying them on top. It’s so flavorful!
- If you are using apple sauce instead of the fresh apple for the filling mixture, add more pea protein (2 tbsp at a time) until the texture is not super wet and able to form.
- You can fold in extra chunks of apples to get the crunch in the middle. Then add the apple pie mixture on top and smooth it out. That’ll add more texture and will taste delicious!
How to Store These Apple Treats
Store Apple Pie Bars in an airtight container in the freezer up to 3 months.
Before enjoying, thaw at room temperature for a few minutes! They’ll be perfect!
You’ll absolutely love this Apple Pie Protein Bars recipe! It’s incredibly easy to make and it doesn’t require any baking! They are the perfect healthy treat for your fall, and no one will know they’re vegan!
If you give these Apple Pie Protein bars a go, let me know what you think in the comments below!
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Get the recipe:Apple Pie Protein Bars with Sauteed Apples
- 13 graham crackers
- 1/2 cup almond butter
- 2-3 tbsp dairy free milk
Apple Pie Filling
- 2.5 cups raw walnuts
- 1 cup medjool dates, pitted
- 1 medium apple, skinned/core removed/chopped
- 1 tbsp apple pie spice, https://shuangyskitchensink.com/apple-pie-spice/
- 1/3 cup pea protein powder– code Shuangy15, https://nuzest-usa.com/products/clean-lean-protein?sca_ref=3444015.xMgVt6NOTK
- 2 small apples, core removed and thinly sliced
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- To make the crust, combine all the crust ingredients: Graham crackers, almond butter, and dairy-free milk into a blender. Blend until it is no longer crumbly, and sticky enough to form a dough that holds together when pressed into the bottom of the dish.
- Line a 8×8 or 9×9 baking dish with parchment paper. Use your hands or a rubber spatula to press down the crust mixture evenly into the bottom of the prepare baking dish. Set aside.
Apple Pie Filling
- To make the apple pie filling, in the same blender combine all the ingredients for the apple pie filling: raw walnuts, Medjool dates, apple*(skinned, and core removed), apple pie spice, and pea protein powder**. Blend until smooth.
- Spread the apple pie mixture over the crust and smooth it out with a rubber spatula. Set aside.
- To make the topping, wash and dry the apples. Remove the core and cut them in thin slices.
- Saute the apples in a little bit of coconut oil on the stove for about 3-5 minutes or until apples start to become aromatic and soft.
- Line the thin slices of apples on top of the apple pie mixture and sprinkle additional apple pie spice on top.
- Freeze for at least 1 hour, then cut in squares and dive in!
- *If you are using apple sauce instead of apple for the apple pie filling, add more pea protein (2 tbsp at a time) until the texture is not super wet and able to form. **If you do not have pea protein, you can use coconut flour. They both absorb the moisture.Optional: you can fold in extra chunks of apples to get the crunch in the middle. Then add the apple pie mixture on top of the crust and smooth it out. Optional step: you can lightly sauté the sliced apples with a little bit of maple syrup and coconut oil until slightly softened before layering on top.
The Nutrition Facts above are specific to the ingredients I chose to use for this recipe, which may vary.