Homemade Apple Pie Snack Bars
I’m going to admit something to you. It’s kind of a big deal. Please don’t judge me.
I’m not eating sugar.
Don’t worry! It’s not forever! Just for the month of April. You see, good people, my name is Carly and I am an addict. (Hi, Carly!) Unlike many people who have dessert only on special occasions or after stressful days, I have dessert every day…sometimes more than once a day. And while I don’t really think it’s a bad thing to have a little something sweet every day (I mean, come on), it might not be so good how much I need my sweets after every meal. And so I’ve pledged not to eat any refined or added sugars this month. Applesauce, dried fruit, fresh oranges, these will be my treats.
Of course, you can’t just quit an addiction cold turkey. You need to ease into it.
In search of some naturally sweet treats to curb my cravings, I came across Larabars. Have you heard of them? They are snack bars made out of nothing but fruit and nuts. Nutritious and delicious. They also run about $2 a bar…which can add up fast. Luckily, recipes abound on the internet as more and more people are recreating these tasty bars at home.
Here’s my flavor of choice:Apple Pie. Dried apples, dates, walnuts and spices blended together in the food processor. Soft, chewy, sweet and filling. Snack time!
Apple Pie Snack Bars
© Copyright 2012 Carly Sullivan, Tart to Heart
Yield: 3 bars
- 1/2 cup pitted dates, roughly chopped
- 1/2 cup dried apples, roughly chopped (make sure to get the pliable, soft kind, not the crunchy apple chips)
- 1/3 cup walnuts, toasted
- 1/8 tsp cinnamon
- dash of allspice and ginger
- pinch of salt
- water, as needed
- Add the chopped dates and apples to the bowl of your food processor. Blend until very finely chopped, almost to a paste.
- Add the walnuts and blend until the nuts are finely ground.
- Add the spices and salt, and blend to combine.
- If the mixture is too dry, drizzle in a tiny amount of water while the food processor is on until the mixture clings together and starts to form a ball.
- Remove the mixture to a piece of wax paper or plastic wrap. Use the wrap to shape the mixture into a rectangle about 1/2-inch thick or so. Use a greased knife to cut the rectangle into bars (the size and shape doesn’t really matter, so don’t beat yourself up about it!).
- Wrap the bars in plastic or wax paper, label and refrigerate. Just grab one when you’re heading out the door and you have a healthy, sweet snack when you need it! Enjoy!
Obviously, there are tons are variations possible here. Replace the apples with another dried fruit, the walnuts with a different nut. I plan to try apricots and almonds, pineapple and coconut, maybe even peanut butter and banana!