As much as I’d love to be able to not snack in between my meals I just can’t. I like to use the excuse that my metabolism is just working on full speed and that’s why I’m always hungry. Whether it is or isn’t the case I like to have healthy options on hand so I’m not tempted to fall off the bandwagon too often. I say to often because, well, lets be serious here, we all have our moments of weakness. Though fresh veggies and fruits are great and easy to grab on the go sometimes it’s just not enough or not what I’m looking for especially if I’m in search of something that needs to hold me over long enough until my next meal. Bars make a nice alternative as a filling energy booster when veggies and fruits are not on my go-to list. The downside to this is if you’ve ever flipped over the package of one of these bars you’ve noticed the long list of ingredients and sometimes added sugar, both a big no no. Not to mention, the good bars out there (that are made with just the basics) can run you around $3 or more a bar! That adds up if you were to eat them often. With that being said, and if all you need to make the same $3 bar is just a few simple ingredients, why couldn’t you just make your own? Am I right? I mean, it really is THAT simple. Just like my Pumpkin Spice Protein Muffins, my Apple Pie Bars make a great snack option for when that in between a meal hunger strikes. Packed with lots of healthy fats, protein and good carbs from the fruit and nuts it’s like a little slice of apple pie you can toss in your bag and take to go…And yes, you do have permission to eat this (healthy) dessert before dinner!
Apple Pie Bars
Makes: 16 squares/ Total time: 40 minutes
- 1 small apple (any variety will work), peeled, cored and diced small
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- 1 c roasted almonds
- 1 c roasted walnuts
- 15 dates, pitted
- Preheat the oven to 350F.
- Place the chopped apple on a baking sheet and toss with maple syrup, oil and spices. Bake for about 15 minutes or until apple is soft. Remove from oven and set aside.
- In the meantime, chop the nuts in a food processor to form a coarse meal, some larger pieces are okay. Add the dates and pulse again until mixture is moist and thoroughly combined.
- Transfer the mixture to a bowl and fold in the apples.
- Once mixed, pour into a parchment lined 9×9 baking dish and press evenly to flatten and smooth into corners.
- Cover with plastic wrap and put in the freezer to set.
- Cut into bars to serve.
*To store, individually wrap the bars and keep them in the freezer until ready to eat. They’ll last longer and stay firm!