This recipe for Homemade Apple Pie Larabars is super simple and incredibly delicious – it requires no baking, and it’s the perfect gluten-free, Paleo, vegan, and Whole30-friendly snack.
Finally, I’m sharing a Whole30-friendly recipe with you guys! I’ve actually made quite a few of them, but I wanted to share some other stuff first. But now – they’re coming.
Starting with one of my new favorites – a Larabar copycat, in the best possible flavor…Apple Pie! I grabbed a few Larabars at the grocery store when I was buying some snacks for my Cuba trip and Apple Pie was one of the flavors I grabbed.
I ended up hungrily devouring it one day of our trip, and immediately grabbed a notebook and scribbled down a copycat recipe based on the simple ingredients in the bar.
Turns out, these are allowed on my Whole30 journey (as long as I don’t eat them as dessert), so I made them pretty much as soon as I got back home. Holy cow, they’re so darned delicious!
These Apple Pie Bars have a base of Medjool dates, which makes them sticky and helps them bind together. Almonds, walnuts, raisins, and dried apples add texture and flavor to the bars, adding chew and crunch. A little cinnamon is in there too, for flavor.
These snack bars come together quickly in a food processor and high-powdered blender – I used my Vitamix because I don’t have a food processor. If your blender isn’t super high powered though, don’t use it – it will burn out quickly because it’s a very thick, stiff dough.
Once all the ingredients are pulsed together and have formed a sticky, thick dough, you’re pretty much done. I didn’t even use a pan to shape the bars – I put the dough in between some sheets of parchment, formed it into a rough rectangle and flattened it out with a rolling pin.
I sliced the dough into 6 bars for the photos, each about the size of a store-bought Larabar, but I ended up cutting each of those in half to snack on. They’re the perfect pick me up and even make a good on-the-go breakfast bar.
What’s your favorite Larabar flavor? I want to recreate more of them! Let me know in the comments below, and enjoy! :)
Remember to #bakerita if you try the recipe!
Homemade Apple Pie Larabars (Gluten Free, Paleo, Whole30 + Vegan)
- 1 cup pitted Medjool dates packed (about 10-12)
- ¾ cup raw almonds
- ¾ cup unsweetened dried apples
- ½ raw walnuts
- ⅓ cup unsweetened raisins
- ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
Add the dates to a food processor or high-powered blender (I used my Vitamix) and blend until they’re broken up. Add the dried apples, raisins, almonds, walnuts, and cinnamon.
Pulse until combined - there should be small bits of nuts and raisins remaining, but not too big. Be careful not to over-process so it doesn’t get too sticky or greasy.
Press the dough into a small pan lined with parchment paper, or just place the date dough on the parchment paper and press into a square/rectangular shape, then use a rolling pin or glass bottle to flatten the top. Cut into squares or bars. (I made 6 Larabar-sized bars, but I ended up cutting those in half to eat.)
Store in a sealed bag or small lidded container in the fridge for up to a month, or in the freezer for longer term storage.