Paleo Apple Pie Bars

These easy, baked Apple Pie bars taste exactly like the comforting dessert minus all the guilt! Paleo, Gluten Free, Vegan and refined sugar free- These bars are the perfect snack between meals! 

Healthy Paleo Apple Pie Bars- These easy, baked Apple Pie bars taste exactly like the comforting dessert minus all the guilt! Paleo, Gluten Free, Vegan and refined sugar free- These bars are the perfect snack between meals! @thebigmansworld

Oh Jetlag. How I hate thee. I’m back on home soil and running on little sleep and two haagen daaz ice creams (the flight attendant found me charming and gave me an extra). 

Something I love doing when travelling, is without a doubt checking out what unique foods are in different countries or cities- especially when it comes to snack foods.


Even though it’s only been less than 2 years since my last trip over to America, I was shocked with how many new products had hit the shelves- and even rebranding of older products to keep with current trends.

The biggest eye opener for me was seeing how many paleo snack options were available! I remember during my wholeArman challenge, hard boiled eggs, jerky and more eggs were my go to choices. These days- you could have a multitude of snack bars, granola less granola (is that the right name?) and even an abundance of baked goods!

It’s amazing to see this variety- and something I truly hope Australia jumps on soon. Not just to Paleo snacks- but for diet lifestyle, including raw or vegan.


Ironically, during Niki’s paleo challenge which she (un)gracefully failed, I had two recipes made for her which never made it on the blog. After my recent jaunt up north, it inspired me to share it.

The first is a baked snack bar which after many failed attempts (trying to perfect the right amount of ground nuts to syrup) and many crumbled bars (I went through 4 tubs of Chobani 2% Yogurt with the broken bars as a topping), I finally nailed it.

I made a batch to bring to work and none of my colleagues or friends are remotely Paleo, yet they all thought it was delicious and ‘not healthy tasting’. (I seem to have that stigma attached to me).


These bars are delicious and smell amazing straight from the oven- a cross between an apple pie and a pannetone (this cake my Italian friend would gift me EVERY. CHRISTMAS). I went a couple of days eating two or three of them for breakfast with a coffee and they revved me for the day- full of warming spices and the perfect amount of sweetness without giving you a sugar rush- it’s perfection

And in full disclosure here- because we all know blogger authenticity is key here– Only four of my bars turned our puuuuurty. The other four….not so much.

Remind me to ask mother dearest for some new kitchenware come Christmas.

Paleo Apple Pie Bars

A delicious, baked bar perfect for breakfast which fits a paleo, gluten free or grain free lifestyle!
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Author: Arman @ thebigmansworld



  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius and line and grease a large baking tray with coconut oil generously
  • In a blender or food processor, combine the cashew flour, walnuts, pepitas, shredded coconut, flaxmeal, cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom and blend until a course powder is formed. Set aside.
  • In a microwave safe dish, combine the maple syrup, cashew butter and coconut oil and heat for 1-2 minutes, or until completely melted.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground up nuts/flour and add the egg and mix well. Add the liquid mixture and ensure it is fully incorporated. Pour into the greased baking pan and press firmly to ensure an even layer is formed. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until lightly golden on top.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely in the pan. Once cooled, remove and cut into even sized bars.


The cashew butter is preferred over almond, as it's mild flavour really brings out the apple pie flavour.
Cashew flour, butter and nuts can all be replaced with almonds or another nut.
For a vegan version, omit the egg and substitute it for an extra T of flaxmeal.
These bars can be left in an airtight container for up to a week or frozen for later snacking (my preferred method)

Speaking of snack bars, swing by Friday for some of my travel snacks (which could fit many diet lifestyles!). 


Have you noticed snacks trending with current dietary choices?

Have you ever eaten or been gifted the infamous Pannatone? 

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108 thoughts on “Paleo Apple Pie Bars

  1. Oh pannetone is amazing – I was only given it once, and since then I just buy it for myself. Because I’m not very good at giving, clearly. Best thing I did with it was turn it into a bread and butter pudding – sounds gross but ohhh heavenly sweet bread…

    These bars look awesome! I love dried apples rings, so this is an excuse to go buy them, eat half a bag, then may be make these…

  2. Jet lag is the absolute worst.

    I think half the reason I don’t bake and post it on the blog is because it turns out terrible looking LOL. I’m glad you were able to get four that look great. they look delicious as always.

  3. Why am I not surprised that the flight attendant found you charming? Well, good sir, that charm earned you more ice cream! Kudos to you for that! And this apple pie bars? Awesome! Although, I don’t think I would complain one bit about crumbling these up on top of yogurt. In fact, that’s pretty much what I eat for breakfast every day…but the apple is a nice change of pace.

  4. PANNETONE!!! My mom’s side is from Italy so yes, yes we do eat it. It’s the BEST dunked in chocolate (almond) milk. Love love love!!! I like the plain one the best as it has the perfect amount of sweetness to it.

    And I’ll take all of your “non-pretty” bars if you don’t want them… 😉

  5. I think it’s pretty rude of you not to have sent me a message the minute you put this post up. APPLE PIE is my LIFE, Arman. You can’t just go around nilly-willy with recipes like this and not tell me about it ;). I will take 123932 by express mail. Thanks, bud.

  6. Good mix of ingredients there Arman – could tuck into one of those bars right now! Love the inclusion of dried apples – one of my favourite dried fruits!

    I am desperate to go to the states to see what’s on offer! As much as its great that paleo snacks are available (and raw, vegan ones too) I very rarely eat them as they don’t tend to satisfy me for long. But as a treat, they are delish and full of flavour! Sometimes you just need something sweet and chewy!

  7. The “it doesn’t even taste healthy” is the ultimate fat guy stamp of approval. Or not so fat, just so out of touch with what they should eat… anything not infused with sugar or salt has a “healthy” taste. I’m proud of you for charming the flight attendant.

  8. Yummm these sound super good– and it’s true that it is pretty unbelievable how popular paleo foods have gotten over the last few years here. PS… come back. I miss eating kale and talking realness and sipping on organic cocktails and chatting about life with you.

  9. Wait a second, you get ice cream on airplanes? I’ve only ever been offered peanuts or pretzels. Maybe I wouldn’t be such a horribly terrified flyer if I could bury myself in an ice cream coma….
    Regardless, these sound awesome! I’ve only tried 1 brand of Palo bar, and I actually adored them.

  10. I’ve been back from Malaysia for a week and my sleep schedule is still so messed up. But I’ve been eating my weight in cheese so it’s okay. Cheese is paleo, right? I think I remember Niki saying it was…

  11. I’ve definitely noticed an influx of snacks based on the current diet trends… and protein -everything- seems to be the biggest one. I mean… protein chips? Protein pasta? I feel like there’s just waaaaaaay too much focus on protein these days. What about good old fashioned carbs?!? I love them!

  12. See I’m the one with the broken bars and big tubs’o’yogurt… even when I try to be good and actually follow the recipe bars that stay like bars just don’t seem to be my thing!

  13. Of course the flight attendant thought you were charming haha
    Also, I’ve never had pannettone, but my italian roommate brought panforte with her, so effin good. I must make one soon, cuz I dream of that cake.
    p.s. I’ve got the ‘healthy tasting’ stigma attached to me as well. Usually just means more awesome tasting food for me haha
    p.p.s Thanks for the birthday wishes <3

  14. Of course the flight attendant would give you TWO haagen daaz! Can you believe that I haven’t actually cooked with cashew flour before? I need to give these a go!

  15. Man America only feeds into these diet trends…literally! I can only imagine how “Paleo-filled” grocery shelves there have become. I am pretty sure just about everything there now has a gluten-free alternative. Although they aren’t always delicious as the real deal, it’s nice to know that those who eat a certain way can still enjoy old favourites (albeit slightly modified)!

  16. Awesome, I’ve been looking and looking for a recipe to use the cashew flour I randomly bought awhile ago. Of course it would come from you! 🙂

    Hope you had a fantastic trip!

  17. Hi Arman! Ohhh these look delicious. You know, I’ve never actually made any bars like this at home? It doesn’t sound too hard. And I’m glad you made it home safe. Hope you enjoyed your American travels. Have a great day!

  18. I bet you tweaked for the airline attendant, so that’s why she gave you an extra Haagen Daazs.
    But seriously, these look fantastic! I miss me some homemade bars. And you can’t go wrong with apple pie anything.
    I have a million Italian friends and I’ve never gotten a pannatone…..

  19. I haven’t noticed so many paleo options available as much as I’ve noticed the explosion of gluten-free options here in the US. But then I don’t always look for snack bars and such because I usually make my own. These look great! Thanks for sharing them at GFW!

  20. This recipe looks delicious, but doesn’t include what to do with the dried apples in the instructions. (Or the salt, but I assumed that just gets added to the dry mix). Please inform! Thanks!!

  21. my husband always flirts with the FA’s for the whole flight, and I always bring them treats, so we are taken care of too. makes the flight much better.

    these bars? WANT. now. NOW.

  22. These look amazing. I actually have zero clue what pepitas were before googling them 😛 Silly culinary people and their special names for pumpkin seeds. Can’t wait to make these! Will def eat with some frozen banana ice cream.

  23. These sound amazing! I’m having a hard time finding Paleo bars/ treats that don’t coconut in them. Can’t wait to try these!

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