No Bake Apple Pie Protein Bars (Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free, Keto)

Just ten minutes is needed to make these delicious no bake protein bars which taste like an apple pie dessert bar, but so much healthier! Perfectly soft and chewy, these no bake apple pie bars are also paleo, vegan, keto and gluten-free.

Easy no bake apple pie bars with protein

It’s no secret that I share healthy recipes like protein brownies or protein bars which taste like cookies and cream dessert bars on here. However, I ensure to stipulate that they are NOT authentic brownies or dessert bars which are to savored for a weekly treat or dessert tradition. That would be ridiculous. 

I made these healthy No-Bake Apple Pie protein bars with that in mind- I wanted to make a sweet ‘dessert’ like tasting recipe but under no guise that they are dessert.

Personally, I love having snacks EVERY DAY which make me feel good but also taste like dessert. My intention was to eat these no-bake apple pie protein bars during the week as snacks and at night for dessert- The real deal with extra cream.

Healthy No Bake Apple Pie Protein Bars-ust 10 minutes and 1 bowl to whip these up- Soft, chewy and no refrigeration needed- They taste like dessert! {vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free + paleo option!}

Apple Pie Protein Bars

These healthy No-Bake Apple Pie Protein Bars taste like a dessert you can eat daily….multiple times. Not only do they only take 10 minutes to whip up, but they are also a one bowl wonder which is a no-mess, no fuss kind of snack.

They have a soft, chewy and doughy texture which is a common theme around here! Not only do each bar pack at a hefty protein boost, but they are also naturally gluten-free, vegan, paleo, low carb, and keto-friendly.

Storing Apple Pie Protein Bars

Apple Pie protein bars should not be stored at room temperature, as they will become soft and difficult to hold up as bars.

These no bake apple pie bars should be stored in the refrigerator, in a sealed container. They will keep fresh for up to 2 weeks, and maintain their thick and chewy texture.

Can you freeze apple pie protein bars? 

Apple pie protein bars are freezer friendly and can be stored in the freezer. Wrap each bar individually in parchment paper, and place in a ziplock bag.

Before enjoying, thaw overnight in the fridge or at room temperature until just firm.

Frozen protein bars will keep well for up to 6 months. 

Can I omit the protein powder?

You can easily omit the protein powder if you choose not to use it. Simply reduce the amount of milk needed to firm up the bars. Alternatively, you can leave it out completely and add extra syrup until a thick batter remains.

If the bars are too thin, add some extra coconut flour or almond flour. 

Healthy No Bake Apple Pie Protein Bars-ust 10 minutes and 1 bowl to whip these up- Soft, chewy and no refrigeration needed- They taste like dessert! {vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free + paleo option!}

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Want to see just how EASY these protein bars are to make? Check out the step-by-step video below!

No Bake Apple Pie Protein Bars Recipe

No Bake Apple Pie Protein Bars (Keto, Vegan, Paleo, Gluten Free)

Just ten minutes is needed to make these delicious no bake protein bars which taste like an apple pie dessert bar, but so much healthier! These bars are refined sugar-free, gluten free, vegan, dairy free, keto, and paleo.
4.58 from 14 votes
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: protein bars
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 12 Bars
Calories: 142kcal
Author: Arman



  • Line a large baking dish with greased paper and set aside.
  • In large mixing bowl, combine the flour, protein powder, granulated sweetener, cinnamon, nutmeg and mixed spice and mix well.
  • In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the nut butter and liquid sweetener and heat until melted. Pour the wet mixture into the dry and mix well. Add the unsweetened applesauce and mix until combined- The batter should be crumbly.
  • Using a spoon, add the milk of choice one spoonful at a time until a thick, firm batter is formed.
  • Transfer to lined baking dish and press firmly. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.


* Depending on the flour/protein powder combination, you may need more or less. I used up to 3/4 cup with the paleo version.
If your batter is too thin (brands VS homemade applesauce vary, add a dash more coconut flour until firmer).
Homemade no bake apple pie protein bars should be stored in the fridge and will keep fresh for up to 2 weeks. These protein bars are freezer friendly and keep well for up to 6 months. 


Serving: 1Bar | Calories: 142kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 10g | Potassium: 3mg | Fiber: 3g | Vitamin A: 100IU | Vitamin C: 2.5mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 0.4mg | NET CARBS: 3g
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Easy no bake apple pie protein bars that are keto, vegan, paleo, and gluten free

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147 thoughts on “No Bake Apple Pie Protein Bars (Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free, Keto)

  1. Hi, hi, Apple Pie! <- sung to the tune of a song from a popular German movie only there it's all about 'space taxis in the sky'. Maybe astronauts would like these bars, too? I digress. Apple pie bars sound good to me and I need to add I like that you started testing options not using coconut flour for many of your recipes. While I really like it I have a hard time finding it where I live.
    Whether I think certain people on Instagram or elsewhere in this fabulous little online world have a skewed perception of dessert? Definitely. I'm controlling myself not to comment on how far from 'dessert' some of those crazy high protein/low fat/low carb concoctions or bars are. Go and eat some real sugar, real flour dessert, please. I honestly hope these people at least treat themselves during the holidays because trying to tell yourself Greek yogurt mixed with protein powder was anywhere close to the deliciousness of actual desserts is sad.

  2. These are basically the baking version of a smoothie that I used to make (when I did smoothies, lol). So I’m on it (I need some new recipes). My dessert every night is ice cream with nut butter and cereal and then a bar of some sort. and a piece of chocolate. regardless of time of day or amount eaten, )I need my something sweet! Growing up we had fruit for dessert, so that can count as well.

  3. I was JUST talking about on Instagram how I LOVE freezing my bars!! They taste so good straight out of the fridge or freezer! I thought I was the only one who did this! Glad I’m not alone. Also, these look incredible. Apple season FTW!!

  4. I love that you make clear they are not REAL dessert. In the same way if you buy a protein bar at the store that says cheesecake or something, I hope you are aware you’re not in the bakery section 🙂 You would be my mom’s perfect son, she lives on protein bars since she works round the clock and would dearly appreciate these.

  5. I could not agree more about the dessert thing- for me dessert is a hot fudge brownie sundae (no added protein or lies)… a sweet treat might be considered a bar like this or a energy bite or something like that…

  6. Ah, I see you have been bitten by the apple bug…or the apple worm…or whatever apples use to bite! These bars look amazing, mate. And only 10 minutes? So I’ve seen the same thing on social media. But here’s the thing about blogging…too many people are just too fakely excited about new posts. (Ahem, kk, ahem) I don’t care whether you call this dessert, breakfast or a snack…I’m going to eat it and enjoy it all the same! Well done, my Ohio friend!

  7. Ugh, it frustrates me how we’ve turned “dessert” into any food that doesn’t completely epitomize health, and not what dessert used to be. Seeing someone have a “cheat meal” on social media of a protein bar or homemade protein ice cream or a 100-calorie Popsicle makes me feel guilty. I’ll be munching on my cheesecake or full-fat ice cream with all the toppings thinking I’m doing something wrong. Reading your post though showed me there are still other people out there who know the true meaning of dessert. Sure, your “dessert” can be anything you want. Maybe one day it’s a fruit cup, another a big hunking brownie covered in whipped cream. But the problem lies when we start labeling EVERYTHING as a guilty indulgence.

  8. AMEN. The worst is when I see someone posting a picture of a Quest bar saying that it is dessert. In what world is a protein bar with like 200 calories considered dessert?! Ours apparently…

  9. Bookmarking these!
    And yeah, a protein bar is NOT dessert. I like to eat healthy desserts (like cookies made from bananas, oats, and chocolate chips) or healthier alternatives, but that’s only because I like to eat a dessert almost everyday. I would also never say I’m “indulging” or going all out by doing so.

  10. There is a difference between dessert and a sweet snack. Dessert for me HAS to include chocolate, the darker the better. And wine. Both of which I have almost daily.
    I am not sure what fall flavor I love more, apples or pumpkin. Lucky for me that I don’t have to pick!

  11. It sounds like we have a similar perspective on dessert! A protein bar, whether it’s topped with “icing,” sprinkles, or microwaved so it tastes like “pie” won’t ever be a real dessert to me. A healthy sweet snack is always good in my book , though 🙂

  12. Arman these look incredible – did I mention how much I love you for having paleo options?? I can imagine that from the freezer these taste all kinds of fudgy!
    Dessert to me is a treat, not something I would have every day but something I save for a Friday or Saturday night – it is NOT, I repeat NOT a quest bar! My idea of dessert would still be grain free but has to include sugar, regular or otherwise. I love fro yo with those glace cherries on top but I also adore ice cream and life without real ice cream would be sad. Ben and Jerrys = dessert perfection!

  13. I love apple pie. It’s one of my favorite things to make in the Fall (i.e. next month; Ha) although I am going to an apple farm today so it might happen sooner. They also have the largest slide at this apple farm so expect ridiculous pictures of me and a bunch of 7 year olds. 🙂 I know how to rock.

  14. I like that you are saying these aren’t really dessert…I don’t eat dessert often (I’m usually a salty girl), but when I do, I’m quite happy with a fudgy brownie or key lime pie or something decadent. But it’s nice to have a snack that is a bit of a treat that you can eat multiple times throughout the day if you want!

  15. While I definitely can’t handle as much sweetness as I could when I was younger, I definitely know the difference between a healthy snack and dessert — and I love them both. Bites and bars and smoothies named after desserts are usually delicious, but there are some times where only the real deal will do. These look great, mister. Obvs 😛

  16. Hey, hey, hey… Don’t knock people for calling their protein concoctions “dessert”. Maybe doing so is what stops them from falling off the healthy eating wagon. Half of healthy eating is being mentally on diet too.

    No, I personally would never call a protein bar dessert, but, you also shouldn’t be eating 1 Quest bar a day. Your body doesn’t know it’s fake sugar so you still have the same insulin release, and when you’re trying to lose fat and stick to an eating plan, that insulin release triggers other cravings which can sabotage your efforts.

    Calling that nuked Quest bar a treat is a good way of keeping them as the occasional snack rather than a daily standard.

    Oh, and I happen to love Greek yoghurt with protein powder (with berries & toasted almonds!) although I call it a snack, I wouldn’t rain on someone’s parade if they wanted to tell themselves it’s a dessert so that they can keep eating clean and keep the real refeeds/cheat meals for another time.

    Don’t be so harsh, dude!

    Okay, that’s my rant-rebuttal done. 😛

    All that said. These look great! A bit high in sugars to easily fit into my daily macros, but will certainly try them out and keep them for every other day… or week 😉 🙂

      1. Hehe, no worries. I’m still sore from SA losing to Japan at the weekend in the RWC, so I thought I could at least stick up for those trying their best to shed some pounds (me being one of them 😛 ).

        Maybe our definition of dessert needs to change. Maybe dessert is any sweet meal that you enjoy and look forward to, even if it is a ruddy protein bar warmed up, lol. (Still not me, but I get it…)

        Hell, I would classify half of the breakfast cereals as dessert these days! Coco pops over ice-cream? So good. Actually, I used to often have cravings for a bowl of cereal like Crunchy Nut Clusters after dinner. That in itself says two things. 1) How on earth is that an acceptable breakfast and 2) What the hell is in cereal that it’s something a person can crave!

        Anyway, I didn’t mean to come off too strongly myself 🙂

        Thanks for the reply 🙂

  17. Dessert for me is basically anything sweet! It can be healthy or indulgent, but if you constitute something as a “cheat”, then it HAS to be somewhat sinful in some way! Homemade GF, sugar free brownies aren’t cheats!
    These protein bars are absolutely MANDATORY for me to make!

  18. These look wonderful, I’m definitely gonna make them soon! I’m just curious as to what type or brand of protein powder you used in your recipe? Thanks!

  19. Just trying to clarify some ingredients instructions for the Apple pie bars…new to coconut flour here! How much does this recipe need in total? And what does sifted mean! Don’t laugh, new to this lifestyle (and cooking simultaneously! 😉 )

    1. Don’t be silly, Meghan- Never laughing- Just at my sister.

      Are you planning on going the full paleo route? IF so, I’d say stick to 1 full cup total. Sifted just means shaking the flour through a sifter- The coconut flour can at times, be clumpy 🙂

  20. Hi Arman! My uncle spelled his name “Armand”. I was wondering if I could just use GF flour. Must it be oat flour? I have organic oats too. Thank you!

  21. This recipe definitely wins points for being forgiving. I didn’t have oat flour, coconut flour, apple sauce, or syrup of any kind. Instead I added oatmeal, shredded unsweetened coconut, a handful of dried mulberries, two chopped apples I quickly steamed in the microwave along with the rest of the ingredients listed in my food processor and voila: portable deliciousness. Thank you!

  22. hi! they look sooo nice. but on my place here, there is no (healthy) proteinpowder available. may i substitute it? 🙂

  23. I substituted milk with fresh apple cider, they are pretty nice, but like previous comment I’d like to know the nutritional value of each bar, I guess I’ll have to go get my calculator 😉 – thanks for the recipe 🙂

  24. Hi, first I want to say I love your recipes and have pinned soooo many of them! I would love to know if you have any ideas for a substitute for nut/seed butter in this recipe. My son is very allergic to nuts and seeds. Would coconut butter work? If not, have any ideas? This recipe looks so good and I would love to make it for everyone in my family to enjoy 🙂

    1. Hey Tara! Thanks so much for your kind words!

      Okay- For nut butters/seed butters- I’ve only really tried with soy nut butter and sunflower seed butter- Coconut butter might work but honestly, I’ve never tried it as my full nut butter substitute.

  25. How did you get them to be so thick?? I tried making these and they turned out nothing like the picture. I’m guessing, user error, but I followed the instructions to a T! Do I just need to use a smaller pan? More dairy free milk?

    1. hey Michelle 🙂 No worries- usually it’s the brand of protein powder or coconut flour which has this impact- Do you mind me asking which brands you use? Also, they should be formable using your hands, so any size pan should work. More milk won’t help unless the batter is crumbly 🙂

      1. I just used what I had on hand–Bob’s Red Mill coconut flour (same brand for oat flour) and then tera’s whey protein powder. Any suggestions? Thanks!

  26. Please clarify – can I use a total of 1.5 cups coconut flour (for the 2 cups oat flour & .5 cup coconut flour)? I’m not paleo, but must avoid oats. Thanks.

  27. This is about to become my savior. If I add a bit more protein powder, I should be able to get by using this for pre during and post wrestling. …I have been looking for something like this for a while, thank you!

  28. Morning, I just made some pumpkin pie breakfast cookies and they look and smell great! I’m sure they taste just as great as these apple pie bars and your coconut-cashew bars. They really are awesome! I look forward to my coffebreak because I got some cake batter bites, an apple or coconut bar in the evening. These are really great, all three of them. I will start to make more from your site, no-baking is soooo easy. I made coconut-cashew spread and put it in the bars, just to die for
    Love your site.

  29. I just made this and got lost somewhere in the directions.
    First of all what size is the large baking dish?I used 8-1/2 x 11″ and it was not as thick as your picture, nor did it fill up the container.
    Next the dairy free milk, if you used 3/4 of a cup in the paleo version, how much in the vegan one?
    And what is mixed spice exactly?
    Thanks, I appreciate your sharing!

    1. Hi Maureen!

      The beauty of these bars is that they can be any shape or form- You can use a smaller dish which will produce a thicker bar. The vegan version, just play it by ear- You only need to add enough until a thick, firm batter is formed.

      Mixed spice is a combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and all spice 🙂

  30. I couldn’t get the batter dry enough so I ended up rolling this into little apple pie energy bites. They are delicious if a little sticky. I had to make a lot of ingredients myself including the flours(Making oat and almond flour is a blender is beyond easy) and the mixed spice since it’s not a common thing here.

    I think you have to use coconut flour for these to work as bars. We don’t have coconut flour though and no one in my family likes coconut either way.

  31. I have been looking for ways to add more protein to my diet without relying on meat (my partner’s vegetarian, but I’m gluten free and soy sensitive, so meat substitutes are also not an option for me.) These look like they tick all the boxes and are something we could both enjoy. I’m excited to try these!

  32. I have been eyeing this for a while now and finally got the nerve to make it! I feel like I needed a lot of the almond milk-about 2 cups. is that right? I also wonder how many bars does this make? I just want to know for serving size, thanks! -Ruby

  33. Totally going to try these! I LOVE pinterest for this very reason! Question for you, I’ve never used any kind of protein powder, what kind do you use and where do you get it? Also, can you get coconut flour at a regular grocery store?

  34. OK so you eat fluffy pancakes for breakfast (waffels) and you think pumpkins are for making deserts/treats or whatever out of but you are actually having this conversation as to the true meaning of desert ?

  35. Sorry realised after you are not American, I was starting to think you had to be to food blog. Also noticed you have cookies as a breakfast though, humm. I am looking forward to testing out your waffle recipes though just got a machine.
    And to answer the confusion here as I know the answer I used to excersise alot and could eat whatever I wanted. Now I have a problem with both my legs and back and have to watch what I eat so I can either go without or choose healthy snacks and treat them as most active people do deserts. Just a matter of calories in calories out.
    The real question should be why would you make a soup and pie taste of the same thing PUMPKIN, dont get it never have Americans tut.

  36. Hi, I just made these but sadly they are way too sweet. I used ‘Naturals Crunch 100%’ a granulated sweetener (made from erythritol and steviol glycosides), and brown rice malt syrup. Seems a shame to throw it out but not sure doubling the recipe without sweeteners and adding to the batter will make enough difference. I used Sacha Inchi protein powder which is not sweetened. First time making a recipe like this, any help please?!

  37. Tasty! It really made me think of an apple spice flavored baked oatmeal, though, more than anything else.

  38. So glad I found this. Thank you for this recipe! Have the LSAT coming up June 6th and we’re suggested to bring a snack, (preferably a protein one, according to my prep instructor). Made a 2 batches of these, one with apple, and….one with pumpkin! Ladies and gents, no bake pumpkin pie protein bars are amazing! They’re just 10 more calories and a nice switch up from apple sauce to canned pumpkin. Now if only I could figure out a nice ” whipped cream icing or frosting” for my pumpkin pie. In no way are they actually dessert, BUT I’ve been wanting a carb binge for about a week now, and these with a coconut milk cafe Au lait quench the urge (full fat coconut milk, homemade cold brew coffee, and a scoop of protein). Can’t wait to experiment more and look forward to more of your recipes <3

  39. I made these using 2.5 cups of oat flour and mine came out really thin and sticky and darker than yours. I used a medium dish instead of a large one and they are still super thin. Still taste good but dont look anything like your pictures.

  40. First time to make these… trying first before I commit to bringing them for a gathering tomorrow. I used the paleo ingredients, but shocked I needed to use a full can of coconut cream. Oh, no! I hope it works. I’ll know in 30 min or so. By the way, it took me a lot longer than 10 min. I mixed by hand using a fork–should I have used a mixer instead? I’m a complete dork when it comes to cooking, so the ‘No Bake’ portion appeals to me. I’ll report soon how these come out. Thanks!

  41. I just made these and they are amazing!! I used only 1 cup oat flour (because it’s all I had) and 1 cup almond flour. My vega protein powder is sweet enough for me so I did not add any sweetener besides the syrup. I also used no sugar almond butter and it the bars taste perfectly sweet and balanced. These are going to be great on the go to keep me full or for a sweet tooth craving in place of dessert at night!

  42. Just tried this recipe. I think I’ve done something wrong. The texture is like pumpkin pie. Perhaps I put too much liquid in. I have them in the fridge now. Maybe I’ll try putting them in the freezer.

  43. Hi!
    This is not related specifically to these bars (which look delicious by the way, I can’t wait to try them!!) but to bars in general. I’ve found lots of recipes that use Medjool dates. Where I live they’re very expensive (which is a pity, since they’re delicious – and very useful and versatile, apparently!), do you think I could exchange them for prunes? They have a similar consistency, so I thought it might work.

  44. I made these using the coconut flour. Was simple to make and looked great when I cut them.
    Then I gave one to hubby. He choked and spit out. I tried and it tastes like sawdust. Not good texture at all.
    Maybe using oat flour works. I
    was disappointed as The breakfast brownies were delicious. Not much like a brownie but a delicious piece of fudge.

  45. These sound really good and I’m eager to try them out. However, before I can even attempt to make them, I need to know what size pan you used and what size did you cut the bars to. Thanks, looking forward to your reply.

  46. I follow you and have to say I think you are the BOMB DIGGITY 🙂 Everything I have tried has been gold, you’re a genius! Quick question, sorry to bother you, can I use all coconut flour you think? I dont have almond flour and hate to go buy it if I can just use the one? What do you think? ps….THANK YOU for all you do!

  47. I have a question. Can I sub Oat flour for the coconut and almond flours in your recipes. My body does not tolerate those two flours well, so I was thinking of subbing them for oat flour with a little bit more liquid if needed.

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