These Apple Pie Bars are perfect as a snack or healthy dessert option. Once cooled, they are quite sturdy and can be cut and wrapped individually for transportation. If you don’t have or like coconut, you could sub the coconut with ground almonds or cashews. Instead of the dried apples, you can use whatever dried fruit you like, cherry bars, mango, fig! The frosting can also be made as a thick icing. I used tri colored quinoa, which is why my bars are rather dark!
- 2 cups cooked quinoa
- 1 c dried apples soaked in hot water for 15 minutes
- 4-6 dates (I used 6, but the bars were on the sweet side)
- 1 c desiccated coconut
- 1/2 c chopped walnuts
- 1 t orange zest
- 1 t cinnamon
- 1/4 t nutmeg
- 1/4 t salt
- 1 t vanilla
Process all ingredients in a food processer except walnuts and quinoa until apples and dates are very fine. Add the quinoa and process again. Taste the mixture and adjust. Fold in the chopped walnuts and press into 8×8 or 9×9 baking dish. Bake at 350 F or 180 C for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool completely before cutting or frosting. Store bars in the fridge.
- 1 cup cashews (soaked for at least 4 hours)
- 3 T maple syrup
- 1/2 t vanilla powder
- pinch of salt
- 1 T lemon juice
- water to blend
- 2 T coconut oil (optional if you want it to be a frosting rather than a cream)
Blend all ingredients until smooth. Chill for one hour before serving. If you want the frosting to be similar to the Cinnamon Roll Bites‘ frosting, add the coconut oil let the frosting chill on the bars after spreading.
Submitted to: Wellness Weekend