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


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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)

5 from 182 votes
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.
Servings: 12 Bars
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes



  • 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: 1BarCalories: 142kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 12gFat: 10gPotassium: 3mgFiber: 3gVitamin A: 100IUVitamin C: 2.5mgCalcium: 20mgIron: 0.4mgNET CARBS: 3g
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman
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Easy no bake apple pie protein bars that are keto, vegan, paleo, and gluten free

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Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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  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 actually rarely eat dessert. I reach for savory and salty first every time. BUT! When I do eat dessert, it’s legit. Like, molten lava chocolate cake dessert.

  4. 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!!

  5. 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.

  6. 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…

  7. 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!

    1. You sent me your apple disease minus the apples. How dare you.

      Don’t mention KK. I saw this VERY familiar recipe today.

  8. 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.

  9. All those strategically places photos made me want them more and more the further I scrolled down… haha! I definitely want to try these!

  10. 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…

  11. 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.

  12. 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!

  13. 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 🙂