Apple Pie Caveman Bars


Woo so what a week it was last week.  Had an amazing week at PaleoFX with a bunch of friends geeking out on the latest and greatest in Paleo with the biggest names in the community.  If you want to read about it you can in my PaleoFX Roundup.  It was definitely a much needed vacation for me but I can honestly say I am going to sleep a lot more now that I am back to work.

Well after all that I am posting this recipe because I wish I had made some of these prior to have them to snack on during lunch.  We were all so busy running around that most of the time I missed lunch or just didn’t prefer the one option being served and these things are like Paleo Crack.  I have had them taste tested by a few friends and their kids and they all tell me they taste like fruity pebbles.  Random I know but thats pretty bad-ass if they do.  Enjoy!

4.9 from 8 reviews
Apple Pie Caveman Bars
Prep time
Total time
Serves: 8
  1. Place your dates, macadamia nuts, apples, and almonds in a food processor or really strong blender.
  2. Pulse until your dates, macadamia nuts, and almonds are in small chunks and transfer to a mixing bowl
  3. Add in all remaining ingredients. Using your hands mix well to ensure an even coating of everything
  4. Once mixed, using parchment paper, flatten out your mixture to the size of bars your want or you can use individual ziploc bags and form them inside the bag
  5. Place in refrigerator and let cool, then enjoy
  6. If these don't taste like apple pie to you, then play with the spices, you can add some nutmeg or cloves and mix the flavors around. The possibilities are endless but make sure you come back and let me know what you used :)

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  1. The recipe sounds amazing. I was wondering however if I missed the nutrition facts or if they were provided? I’m mostly interested in calories and carb count per bar… thank you.

    1. To make perfect snack size apple bars, I pressed them tightly in an empty ice cube tray. Wrap and place in freezer for an hour. Take them out and Voila…perfect snack size apple pie.

  2. I made these, added 2 Tbsp. Coconut Manna(coconut butter) melted with the coconut oil, 1 tsp Cinnamon,1 tsp Apple pie Spice, 1/4 tsp cloves & 1/4 tsp ginger. FABULOUS!

  3. I am planning on making this, new to your site and enjoy looking at all the recipes. For this recipe, I am short on dates. What can I add to substitute

  4. I made these yesterday and they were delicious. Will be making them more often. I made the first batch in squares then rolled the rest which are great to pop in your mouth. Keep the recipes coming. Love them.

  5. I just found these the other day and made them yesterday. They taste yummy, but they fell apart rather than stick together. Maybe I didn’t use enough dates? Or could I add some water?

  6. Since I had no macadamia nuts and love flavor, I read the comments and this is what I ended up doing:

    I heated up 1/4 cup raw honey (it was hard) with 4 Tbls coconut oil, 2 Tbls almond butter, 1/2 tsp each nutmeg and clove, 1/4 tsp cardamom, 4 tsp cinnamon, and 1 tsp vanilla until just mixed smoothly. I then placed it in the food processor with 1 cup raisins, 2 cups dates, 1 cup raw cashews, 1/2 cup almonds and 4 Tbls freshly ground flax seeds. I pressed it all in an 8″x8″ pan and stuck it in the fridge. Of course I had a taste before it went in and it’s delicious! The only thing I might do differently next time is cut out the honey, as it is a bit sweet. Thanks for the recipe guideline!

  7. Made these last night but with cashews and not macadamia nuts and they are great!!!

    Cant wait to try out more recipes!!

    (already live on the banana pancakes for breakfast)

  8. I made these the other day…but they crumbled apart. The taste was delicious and I plan on putting the crumbles over homemade vanilla ice cream.

    Any ideas on why they crumbled? I put them in the fridge like you said…maybe I didn’t leave them in the food processor long enough. Was the coconut oil meant to keep them together?

  9. I made these yesterday and they were fantastic. Easy to make and delicious! I didn’t have macadamia
    nuta, so I used cashews and they were amazing!

  10. This is my new Favorite Site!! Been a month living the Paleo Life and LOVE it!! This recipe is AMAZING!!!!! It was hard not to just eat it straight out of the food processor! I did substitute dried apples for fresh apples! Can’t wait to eat all of them!!

  11. Oh man, George! I added about a teaspoon of cardamom – my new obsession – and a 1/4 teaspoon of ginger. Fantastic! i just crumbled some into my chia pudding and my stomach is very happy.

  12. I made a version of these tonight with my daughter. We substituted Trader Joe banana chips for the dried apples and pecans for the macadamia nuts. They turned out delicious. She and I will both be taking them to school for snacks. :)

  13. So. Good. Made one batch “by the book” and they were actually a little too sweet for me. Second batch I cut the dates in half and added 1 C. Raisins. Yum! So simple and so tasty. Might try dried cranberries next!

  14. These are amazing! I made a few substitutions b/c I couldn’t get to my pref store: 1 C dates + 1 C raisins. Unsalted mixd nuts instead of Macadamias. Dried pineapple instead of apples. Used only 1 Tbsp coconut oil & 2 teaspoons cinnamon. I mixed everything up in the food processor until it started to stick together. Yours are lighter in color than mine. I think I pulverized mine more! I rolled them out, sprinkled them with chopped nuts & cut them out with a heart cookie cutter. I’m in charge of taking treats to a get together, so had to make a treat that I could eat that others would like, too. I think this will work! Lots of Paleo recipes are edible, but if given the chance, most non Paleo eaters would take the grain/sugar laden ones. This one is more than edible. It’s tasty!

    Have you tried freezing these? I plan on trying it to see if they will save longer so I can make them in bulk.

  15. So tasty! My husband and I are about half way through our 30-day Paleo challenge and needed a sweet treat. These fit the bill perfectly. They were actually a little too sweet for my taste and I ate them for dessert, not snack. Made another batch tonight and cut back the dates to 1 Cup and used 1 Cup of raisins. Also used a heart-shaped cookie cutter to shape them for Valentines day!

  16. I haven’t tasted these yet. Though they are cooling in the fridge, I’m looking forward to trying them :D
    I do have to say that I had to put some honey in the mix in order for it to hold.
    I’m sure they are going to be GREAT!

    Thanks! :)

    1. Just a hint – I have found that adding a tablespoon or two of hot water will make a dry batch hold together really well, without adding more calories.

  17. I made a version of these today-used brazil nuts instead of macadamia, 2 small fresh apples instead of dried, and threw in some ginger and nutmeg with the cinnamon. They came out delicious! And I used the ziploc bag method which made it easier to bring to work :)

  18. I have just started eating paleo and this looks like a good substitute for the sweet cravings! Are there any foods you keep around that help with that?

  19. just made these. Except used bananas instead of dates. just got a couple of them and mashed them up with my bare hands with all the nut mixture. Will let you know how they go, in the fridge currently!

  20. Well! I just made these and am IN LOVE with them! Of course, Paleo sweet treats all tend to start with dates so I was dubious as to how these could taste more like apple pie than date bars, given the ratio of dates to dried apple! HOWEVER…the spice!! that’s it really isn’t it? Its that delicious cinnamon, and I also added about 1/2 a tsp of ground cloves as apple and cloves always go together in my book…and voila! it tastes SO delicious..and a lot like apple pie!! lol..kind of a cross between apple pie and Christmas fruitmince pies, an absolute favourite, which I am struggling to imagine not having this Christmas (first paleo Christmas for me)…but these might just fill the gap! thanks so much..just found your blog so am going to enjoy looking over it, for sure! (from Jessie, a Kiwi, living in Oz!)

    1. Thank you so much for the comment Jessie. I am so glad you love them and hope you try many more. You will also love your first Paleo Christmas. Hi from California and thanks for liking me all the way from Oz

  21. Doubled this recipe and pressed into a 9 x 13 for bars (treats) for my children’s lunchboxes this week. I used raw cashews and upped the spices-lots of fresh nutmeg, Vietnamese Cinnamon, Cloves and pinch of Ginger. We love a good spicy flavor in everything. Really delicious, easy to make. Thanks for the great ideas ( FYI- my 12 year old is making your paleo banana bread and I have your bacon/garlic studded beef roast in my pressure cooker as i write this so many thanks George for keeping my whole family on the a better path).

  22. OMG!!! Just made these! They are wonderful, don’t hold together too well but they are delicious. I made some adjustments. Used EVOO instead and also added dried apricots. Yummy! :) Thank you for a nice healthy recipe! :)

  23. I just made these, but with more almonds than macadamia nuts (didn’t have enough macs), dried cranberries instead of dried apples, and added some dried coconut, cacao nibs, and a pinch of nutmeg. Somehow it tastes like rum raisin! Weird, but yummy!

  24. i made these last night and found that they crumbled apart as soon as i picked them up. they were about 1/2-3/4 inch thick. maybe a little honeywill hold them together better? after they crumbled i placed the crumbles on a sheetpan and toasted the mixture up and put it ontop of my pumpkin coconut icecream!!!!!

  25. I LOVE these! I gave up gluten a year ago but have spent the past year substituting everything with the packaged gluten free alternatives. If the package said gluten free I was jumping up and down excited. Of course, I was just substituting gluten for sugar and soy (something I’m supposed to steer clear of). I’ve followed you on FB for awhile now but just recently stared really paying attention. I recently cut out processed sugars and basically stay away from any food in a package. I’ve been experiementing with paleo type recipes the past couple of weeks and so far, this one is my favorite. With fall on the horizon it is all the better. This is a perfect fall treat. My husband and my oldest son love them too. Thanks!

  26. Suck on that cliff bars.
    Dude these were incredible.
    I don’t have any coconut oil, so I used 1 Tbsp EVOO and 1 Tbsp Unsweetened Coconut Milk. I’m certain the end result was the same. Tasted like a nutty apple pie. I suggest 3 Tbsps of cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg.

  27. Made these the other day for a pre workout snack. I followed the directions exactly and they turned out PERFECT. I will never buy another packaged bar again.

    Next time I plan on trying one with cocoa powder and coconut flakes. The possibilities are endless with this recipe. Thanks a ton!

  28. These look awesome. How long do you think they would keep for? Would love to send some to my deployed hubby… Thanks!

  29. Did you use the dried apples that are like the mostly dried chewy kind or the completely dry apple chip variety?

  30. George, I am about to make these and the caveman crunch for the first time for an all weekend hiking/camping trip. I will let you know how everyone loves it! :)

  31. I Just made some of these. It was tough to do with a regular blender but doable. In the fridge now, can’t wait to eat them. Tried a taste of the mix and it was Awesome. Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  32. These are SO good! And I think the trick is you have to shape them into bars BEFORE you cool them…I pressed mine into a square shaped cookie cutter, worked like a charm! I also added a handful of flax seed to the mixture after I pulsed it. Thanks for this recipe, it’s a keeper around my house!

  33. Oh wow, these are sooooo good! I made a batch for my weekend trip with some friends and am excited to share the bars with them! You are my new favorite blogger/recipe site…thank you :-)

      1. Hello! Just wanted to update you that I’ve made these bars practically on a weekly basis over the past few months! I have people requesting the recipe after sharing them and even my picky-eater son loves them. These bars really worked out great for my weekend camping trip because they do not need to be refrigerated. Again, thank you so much for the recipe :-)

  34. How long can these be stored for, if refrigerated? I’m a college student so grab-and-go snacks in between classes are great. If I made a big batch, do you think it’d last the week?

  35. I made these again last night but mixed it up a little. I used the same ratios of dates and almonds, but I swapped out cashews instead of macadamia nuts, dried cherries instead of apples, lemon juice instead of cinnamon, and added a huge handful of shredded coconut. They are delicious! Thank you again for the inspiration!

  36. HOLY cow these are good. I’m never buying lara bars again!
    I doubled the recipe, added lemon juice, nutmeg & clove. Dang bangin!
    I can’t wait to try different combinations of fruit. Thanks!

  37. Mine don’t seem to stick together really well though….I don’t have a processor so I chop up apples and dates and do the nuts in a nut chopper, could this be my problem?

      1. I made these last night using a food processor and they crumbled when I cut them into bars (after they cooled). This is a rather simple recipe and I’m fairly compatent in the kitchen, so what could have gone wrong??

        1. When mine don’t stick, I add a few drops of water at a time until they get sticky. I store them in the refrigerator though, so I am not worried about them being totally dry.

  38. Very good, thank you! My 3 year old twins and hubby love these and your holiday bars. But my vitamix stops working every time…ugh! I guess I need to get a food processor before I start a fire. Any suggestions?

  39. Funniest thing. I had found a lara bar recipe with dried berries about a month ago, made them, fed them to my 11 year old son who then turned to me and said – “You know Mom, I think these would be great with apple”
    “Funny you should say that dearest child of mine – there’s this other recipe I’ve been waiting to try out :)”
    He prefers yours by FAR.

      1. I made 2 dozen, wrapped them individually for lunches and put them in a freezer bag in the freezer. 2 days later they were ALL gone. When I asked what happened I was advised to “make twice as much next time because the kids at school really like them”

  40. So excited I found your site! I made these sweet treats (and might I add they are so easy and fast to make)! I can’t wait to try a chocolate chip cherry version! I’m working on trying more of your recipes!

  41. Hello George,
    I have just read post at Deliciously Organic, which was really inspiring, and I had to stop by. I must say that you have done an amazing work here, Civilized Caveman is great. So, you got yourself one new regular follower. As for this recipe, I like it, It is sweet but very healthy.
    Have a nice day.

  42. These are so good! I decreased the amount of cinnamon to 1 Tbsp. because I added 1 tsp. of allspice and 1 tsp. of nutmeg. It turned out awesome! My 1 year old couldn’t get enough!

  43. I am in love. My family is in love. My co-workers are in love. I have to hide these when I make them to make sure I actually get some…… Um, ya – these are the BOMB!!!

  44. I make a recipe similar – coconut flakes instead of the apples and I use toasted almonds with the macadamias. For the spice I use a bit of pumpkin pie spice. I’m definitely going to try the apples – sounds delish!

  45. Just made these with my 3.5yr old and my 16 month old and they were eating the mix out of the bowl quicker than i could get it on the paper – Yumm!

  46. Hey there! These sound delicious – I have made something very similar in the past but gave them up – I found they were making me tired- think it was the sugar in the dates. No one else find this? Maybe just me!!

  47. Hi George, I didn’t realize you’re in SD also! Wasn’t that blackout something! Anyways I am making these tomorrow, but wanted to let you know your print buttom doesn’t include the ingredients. I’ll figure out how to get this printed. =)

      1. YW! Oooh, and I guess we chop the dried apples too? I’m adding apricots & unsweetened coconut and using all almonds to mine as well. I may use less cinnamon or I wonder if vanilla extract would be good?

        1. I added the apples to the processor with the nuts & dates. Otherwise I would have been chopping by hand. I just made these and didn’t read your “vanilla” comment until now and mine are already in the fridge. I think a little vanilla would be good. I actually added in 1/2 scoop of vanilla whey protein powder and a dollop of maple syrup. Sweet treat for my kiddos!

  48. George, Thanks for the receipe, I made these last night and loved them :) Hopefully I will see you at CF BoomBox…

  49. Just made these, I didnt even have them out of the food processor and my kids were eating it with spoons! so much more affordable than the store bought ones! And they are delicious!

  50. I made these today with a few substitutions. Used walnuts instead of macadamias, added 1/2 c. shredded unsweetened coconut. Only had 1 cup of dates, so used those & added 2 T. of honey, and used half the cinnamon. They are awesome and thank God, they don’t taste like fruity pebbles! I pressed them into a parchment lined pan and put them in the freezer for a couple hours, then lifted them out of the pan and cut them into bars. The real taste test comes when the teenagers get home!

  51. What would you recommend as a substitute for someone with a macadamia nut allergy? Also, would roasting the nuts be okay. I have an allergy to raw almonds, but not if they are roasted. Thanks!

  52. These look amazing! Would it be to much to ask if there was a way to add the “pinterest” button to your “Share the wealth”? I really want to add these to my paleo boards but can’t from my iPhone :). Sometimes I forget to add them when I get home to my computer!

      1. Yay!!! I didn’t know that you are on pinterest! I’m going to follow you now on pinterest too! That sounds kind of stalkerish!

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