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Apple Cinnamon Energy Bars

Apple Cinnamon Energy Bars

These easy to make, no bake, apple cinnamon energy bars mix up very quickly and are the perfect healthy snack. The kids will love them!

apple cinnamon energy bars

These apple cinnamon energy bars are full of good for you ingredients.  They’re sweetened with dates and honey, and are filled with oatmeal, dried apples, and peanut butter, to make them wholesome and hearty.  Plus some crispy rice cereal to give them a bit of crunch.

They are super fast to make, as most of the mixing is done with a food processor. Once you get everything mixed together, simply press the mixture into a parchment lined baking dish, and let it chill for 3-4 hours.

So easy to make, good for you, and the kids love them. They make the perfect grab and go snack!

apple cinnamon energy bars

How long do homemade energy bars last?

These apple cinnamon energy bars will keep well in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 2-3 weeks. If they last that long. They only last for about a week at my house, if I’m lucky!

I think they would freeze well too, but haven’t tried it yet, as they disappear too quickly to bother. If you want to try, I would wrap them individually and then put them in an airtight container or plastic bag and freeze them for up to 3 months.

apple cinnamon energy bars

What makes homemade energy bars stick together?

This recipe uses peanut butter, honey, and processed dates to bind the bars together. The mixture will be quite sticky when it’s ready to press into the baking dish, but they will be less sticky after they chill.

When pressing them into the baking dish to chill, you want to press them down very firmly so they stay together. Since it’s so sticky, you will want to use either a damp spatula or damp hands to do this.

Once they’ve chilled for 3-4 hours, they will firm up and it’s easy to slice them into bars. Store them in the fridge so they don’t get too soft and sticky. When kept cool, they stay quite firm, but will get a bit sticky if they warm up a lot before eating them.

apple cinnamon energy bars

How to make Apple Cinnamon Energy Bars:

  • You will need a food processor for this recipe – I have and love this one.
  • Make sure you soak the dates before mixing everything up, they process much easier if you soak them first.
  • This recipe will work just fine without the flax meal if you prefer to leave it out.

Here are some more healthy snack recipes for you:

apple cinnamon energy bars
Yield: 16 bars

Apple Cinnamon Energy Bars

apple cinnamon energy bars

These easy to make, no bake, apple cinnamon energy bars mix up very quickly and are the perfect healthy snack. The kids will love them!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 1 cup (200 g) medjool dates
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 cups quick oats
  • 1 1/2 cups Rice Krispies cereal
  • 3/4 cup chopped, dried apples
  • 4 tablespoons flax meal


  1. Place the dates in a bowl and cover them with hot water. Let them soak for 10 minutes.
  2. Line a 9x9 inch baking pan with parchment paper, leaving an overhang, and set aside.  
  3. Drain the dates and add them to the bowl of a food processor.  
  4. Add the peanut butter, honey, vanilla, salt, and cinnamon, and process until everything is finely chopped and mixed well.
  5. In a large bowl, stir together the oats, Rice Krispies, dried apples, and flax meal.
  6. Add the date mixture to the oat mixture, and stir until everything is evenly combined. It will be very sticky.
  7. Press the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Using a damp spatula is the easiest way to get it evenly spread in the pan as it’s very sticky.
  8. Cover the dish tightly, and chill for 3-4 hours.  
  9. Lift the bars out of the dish with the parchment overhang. Slice into bars.
  10. Bars keep well in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.


Source: Adapted from A Virtual Vegan.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 bar

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 119Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 104mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 2gSugar: 9gProtein: 3g

Nutrition Information is estimated based on ingredients used and may not be exact.

I’ve also shared this Apple Cinnamon Energy Bar recipe over at Food Fanatic.


Monday 1st of May 2017

I was wondering what size food processor you have. I have been wanting to try recipes like this but I need to get a machine first.


Wednesday 3rd of May 2017

Hi Tiffiny, I have a 7 cup Cuisinart food processor and I like that size. It works well for small batches and I haven't often found that I want it to hold more than that. I actually just bought the one that was available at Costco, and I've had it for almost 17 years and it's still going strong!

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