Simple, 8-ingredient apple pie bars sweetened with dates, cinnamon, and a touch of maple syrup. These entirely vegan, gluten-free bars make the perfect on-the-go snack or breakfast seriously reminiscent of Apple Pie Larabars.
Place chopped apple on a baking sheet and toss with olive oil, maple syrup, cinnamon, and sea salt. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until soft and fragrant. Set aside.
In a food processor, grind nuts into a meal - a few chunkier pieces are OK. Then add dates and pulse until a loose dough is formed. Transfer mixture to a mixing bowl.
Give the baked apples another chop with a sharp knife so the pieces aren’t so large. Slowly add apples a few Tbsp at a time until the mixture forms a moist dough. If your mixture got too wet, simply add more ground walnuts, almonds, or even a handful oats. Reserve leftover apples for other use (oatmeal, smoothies, yogurt, etc.)
Transfer mixture to parchment-lined loaf pan and spread evenly with a spoon or spatula. Top with plastic wrap and use fingers to press it firmly into all corners until uniformly flat on top. For extra thickness, cram the mixture into 3/4 of the pan and reserve a blank space. This will make less bars, but they will be much thicker. Cover and freeze to set.
Chop into desired number of bars - anywhere from 4-8 (as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size).
To store, pack in a bag or container and place a piece of parchment between each bar so they don’t stick together. l keep mine in the freezer to stay fresher longer, but the refrigerator is fine, too.
If you’re traveling, they should be fine for a day or so. But keep them refrigerated or frozen otherwise.
*If your dates have gone dry, soak in warm water 10 minutes then thoroughly drain. *Nutrition information is a rough estimate.