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One Pot Apple Cinnamon Protein Bars

Many fresh ripe apples

The change in seasons calls for a wholesome and hearty recipe celebrating our seasonal bounty – and what else better to pair crisp fall apples with than heart-warming cinnamon. While protein bars can be a quick and nutritious meal addition or snack, they can also be loaded with added sugar – it was my mission to create a bar that did not fall into this category. When setting out to create a protein bar recipe with a sound macronutrient profile, I aimed for the protein content to be more than half the amount of the bar’s carbohydrates (for instance, if the bar had 24 grams of carbohydrates, I wanted it to have at least 12 grams of protein). The final product was incredibly moist and flavourful (which disguised the fact that it contained very little fat and was devoid of added sugar).

Highlights of making the recipe include:

  • This recipe contains many ingredients you may already have in your kitchen and the extra ingredients that you may needed to purchase are typically inexpensive.
  • As the recipe is made using a single pot, clean-up is quick and easy, and can be done while the bars are baking.
  • These bars store well in the refrigerator in a tightly sealed container for up to five days, or can be stored in the freezer for several months.

These bars are a perfect Saturday-morning-curl-up-near-the-fire-with-your-coffee treat packed with protein and fibre. With no-fuss prep and easy storage, these bars will leave you with plenty of time to enjoy the cozy vibes of the season.

Macros per 1/16 Recipe Serving

Calories: 164
Protein: 14 g
Fat: 2.5 g
Carbohydrates: 22.5 g
Sugar: 17 g
Fibre: 3.5 g

Bowl of sliced dried apple

One Pot Apple Cinnamon Protein Bars

Prep Time 50 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Course Sweet Snack
Servings 1 19 x 13-inch pan



  • In a large pot with deep sides, bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Add dates and reduce to medium heat. Simmer, covered for 30-40 minutes. Stirring occasionally.
  • While waiting for dates to cook, preheat oven to 350 Degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Coat a 19 x 13-inch cake pan with oil.
  • When dates have been stewed down, remove from heat.
  • Add remaining ingredients and fold until fully combined.
  • Spread batter into prepared pan and bake until golden brown, 25-30 minutes.
  • Cut into 16 bars (2 x 8).
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