New OPL with the Bensons

I’m always wanting to try new Larabar wannabes. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not a huge fan of the store-bought brand, but caved one day out of hunger and grabbed an Apple Pie Larabar. I actually liked it and decided I could make it at home. So I did, duh. And by making them at home, I can control the appley, cinnamony flavor to my preference. Because cinnamon is awesome and should be used in everything.

Apple Pie Bites

Apple Pie Bites

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Pecans
  • 1/2 cup Raw Almonds
  • 1-1/2 cups Medjool Dates, about 10-12 dates, pitted
  • 3/4 cup Dried Soft Apple Rings, no sugar added, not apple chips
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • Pinch Sea Salt

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients (except water), in the order listed, in the bowl of a food processor.
  2. Process until mixture resembles coarse gravel.
  3. While the processor is running, add a thin stream of water, about 1 tsp, maybe less depending on the moistness of your dates.
  4. Stop the processor and check the mixture inside. If it sticks together when you smush it, then you've got the right consistency. If it's still crumbly, add more water. You don't want to add too much water because the bites will be too sticky.
  5. When you've got the right consistency, roll mixture into tablespoon-size balls. Yield varies depending on how much you eat while you're rolling them.
  6. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a week or so, if they last that long.
10 comments
  1. 5 stars
    This sounds really cool. Did you use dried apples for a reason or just because you had them? Just wondering why I couldn’t use fresh apples…too mushy maybe? I made some apple chips last weekend and we killed them. I’m not sure I would have leftovers with which to make this. 😀

    1. I had dried apples on hand, and I thought that the fresh apples would add too much moisture. The dried apples I used were the puffy, squishy rings, not like the hard chips. If you use fresh apples, you probably wouldn’t need to add any extra water. Let me know how it turns out if you try it!

  2. I’m GF/Paleo but deathly allergic to pecans and walnuts…but love apple pie, that’s why I was so excited about a try your own lara bar recipe. Are there any nuts that taste/work the same as pecans or walnuts? I’ve completely forgotten what they taste like anymore, but I would love to try this recipe!

    1. I’m not sure about almonds, if they would fall under the same category as far as allergies are concerned, but I use them in any other date-ball recipe. I’m sure they would be just as good. If you’d prefer to go nut-free altogether, you could probably use unsweetened coconut flakes and maybe some apple chips (the crispy ones) as a replacement for the nuts. I couldn’t say for sure, because I haven’t done that, but if you do try it, let me know. I’d be curious to see how a nut-free version tasted. Good luck.

  3. 5 stars
    I just tried making larabar-type brownies in my brand new blendtec today. I had some issues. What jar were you using? Just curious. TIA!

    1. I have the Wildside jar, which is the biggest, so making small batches in it can sometimes be a hassle. I made 2 batches of date bars yesterday and one gave me trouble while the other worked perfectly. I think it may have to do with the quality of the dates as well, I had two different brands and the lower quality brand gave me a hard time. If it doesn’t go right the first time, I’ll just scrape the mixture to the center and keep working/blending it until it’s done. It can be hit or miss with small, thick batches like the copycat Larabars. I would like to get the Twister jar, I think that would handle the date bar recipes MUCH better.

  4. These were delicious! My kids (2 and 6) loved them, along with your brownie bites! 🙂 I added about a 1/2 cup more apples, a dash of nutmeg, and a 1/2 tsp vanilla. You have wonderful recipes, thank you!!

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