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
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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. 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)

  2. 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?

  3. 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!

  4. 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!!

  5. 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.

  6. 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. :)

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

  10. 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.

  11. 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 :)

  12. 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?

  13. 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!

  14. 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

  15. 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).

  16. 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! :)

  17. 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!

  18. 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!!!!!

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