Apple Pie Larabars

Homemade Protein Bars: Apple Pie Larabars

I love homemade Larabars.  They taste like a treat, but they’re really a healthy, energy-boosting snack.  They trick my sweet tooth into thinking it’s gotten what it wanted, and I appreciate that.  This apple pie version of homemade protein bars is truly delicious.  It tastes like apple pie, all the way down to the crust.  You can shape them into bars like I did here, or if you prefer a smaller portion size you can shape them into 1-inch balls.

Apple Pie Larabars

Apple Pie Larabars


  • 1½ cups walnuts
  • 1 cup dried apples
  • 1 cup Medjool dates
  • ¼ tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. ginger
  • 1/8 tsp. salt


  1. In a food processor, combine all the ingredients and chop them until a paste is formed. Don’t chop them so much that you can’t see little bits of walnuts, apples, and dates.
  2. Test to see if the mixture binds together. If not, add a couple more dates.
  3. Transfer the mixture to a 7 x 7 inch or 8 x 8 pan lined with wax paper. Press down evenly.
  4. Refrigerate for at least two hours and then cut it into 8 bars.
  5. Store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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Apple Pie Larabars Price Breakdown

The cost of this recipe is $5.23, or $.65 per serving.  This is about half the cost of a store-bought Larabar, and these homemade apple pie Larabars taste even better.

If you enjoy these apple pie Larabars, check out this post that includes recipes for chocolate, banana, and mango Larabars.  I also make Pumpkin Pie Larabars and Blueberry Lemon Larabars.  I do love these delicious snacks!

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  1. These look great and look super easy.

  2. Yum! I love Lara bar knock off recipes :) this one looks awesome, can’t wait to try.

    • Dana, I actually like these a lot better than the official packaged version of this flavor. I hope you like them!

  3. I made these yesterday- delicious! We gave up sweets for Lent and this is a very satisfying substitute!

  4. I tried to make these bars. They were still a litlle dry and would bind. I did use home dried apples that were almost like apple chips. I did add extra dates, almost anther 1/2 cup.
    They just crumbled. Great flavor, would work as granola, but would rather have a bar. Any suggustions of what to add? I was thinking water or Coconut oil.

    • Tonya, I use dried apples that are soft and chewy, so I think the crispy nature of your apples caused the crumbling. You could try adding a little water, but I think you’ll have better success drying some more apples and taking them out of the dehydrator when they’re still chewy. Also, when I’m making homemade Larabars and they’re too crumbly, I just roll them into balls and they bind better that way.

  5. Where do you find dried apples? I tried my grocery store and Target today and could not find them. I bought a dried fruit mixture that includes apples that I will try instead but love to do these with just dried apples.

    • Amanda, I get dried apples at Trader Joe’s. They’re the perfect chewy consistency for these bars. Trader Joe’s is a great store for dried fruit and nuts. Alternately, you could dry your own apples in the oven.

  6. Just made these….so good!

  7. I’m following the SCD diet, so these will be my new snacks on bike rides. In the fridge setting up–taste yummy!

    • Annemarie says:

      I’m so glad you like them, Bonnie. These are the perfect bike-riding snack. You may want to cut them smaller so they’re easy to grab while you’re on the move.

  8. These look good! Going to share on my Walking on Sunshine FB page today. Would love for you to join us on our Foodie Friends Friday linky party on my blog this week!

  9. I enjoyed making these bars, but didn’t have
    all the ingredients on hand. I substituted dried apricots for dried apples and added some flax seed and quick oats because I didn’t have enough walnuts. It is a tasty twist on the original!

  10. What kind of dates do you use?

  11. This recipe looks delicious. Have you swapped the nuts in these with any success? I have a walnut allergy, but was thinking I could use almonds, but wasn’t sure if the oil content might not make them work as well. Guess I could just give it a go {give it a grind??} and play around with it! Thanks for sharing!

  12. can these be frozen?

  13. I didn’t have dried apples and was too impatient to dehydrate them so I made these with fresh apples. They were super moist but delicious! They probably won’t form like they should but I rolled them into balls and we shall see! I can’t wait to make these again.

    • That’s so good to know! I’ve never tried these with fresh apples, but I’m sure they’d still taste good even if the texture isn’t as dry as it could be.


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