Healthy Apple Pie Snack Bites are So Great We Bet You Won't Eat Just One

as delicious as apple pie

by: Paula Roy

With a tasty blend of fruit, oats and family-favourite spices, these protein-packed snacks are great for a breakfast booster, snack on the go, or to enhance the nutritional quotient of anyone’s lunchbox. Best of all, they’re no-bake, so they’re easy and quick to prepare and you can tuck a big batch in the freezer. Why not fuel those busy days with a homemade, healthy snack that offers protein and fibre with just a touch of sweetness?

These yummy bites really do taste as delicious as apple pie, and are so much better for you and your family than reaching for packaged, processed foods.

Healthy Apple Pie Snack Bites


1/4 cup (60 mL) almond, cashew or soy butter
1/2 teaspoon (2.5 mL) vanilla extract
3 tablespoons (45 mL) honey
1 teaspoon (5 mL) ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon (2.5 mL) powdered ginger
1/4 teaspoon (1.25 mL) salt
3/4 cup (175 mL) quick-cooking (not instant) rolled oats
1 tablespoon (15 mL) chopped cashews, walnuts or pecans
1 tablespoon (15 mL) finely chopped dried cranberries
1 tablespoon (15 mL) finely chopped pitted dates
1/4 cup (60 mL) finely chopped dried apple


  • Put nut or soy butter in a medium-sized bowl. Add vanilla, honey, cinnamon, ginger and salt and stir to blend well.
  • Add oats, nuts, cranberries, dates and dried apple to the same bowl. 
  • With a spoon or your hands, blend the mixture until the oats are fully incorporated.
  • Form the mixture into 12 balls, each about 1 inch / 2.5 cm in size. If the mixture seems too dry to easily stick together, add a teaspoon of honey and a tablespoon of nut or soy butter (different brands of oats can affect the dryness of the mixture).
  • Transfer to an airtight container or freezer-grade food storage bag and store in the fridge for up to 4 days or freeze for up to 6 months. 

Makes 1 dozen energy bites; recipe can easily be multiplied.



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Paula Roy readily admits that she’s obsessed with food. Typically, it’s the first thing she thinks of in the morning and the last of the day as well. She recognizes that not everyone shares her passion for cooking, so she channels much of her enthusiasm into creating family-friendly recipes that are easy to prepare and yield delicious results.

Although her husband and kids are eager taste testers, Paula knows she’ll eventually be paying for their therapy thanks to her constant cries of, “don’t touch that plate, I haven’t taken a photo yet!”

Paula loves to travel and explore whatever culinary treasures a destination has to offer. In addition to leading cooking classes and making frequent TV appearances, she’s also a busy freelance writer and serves as the food editor of popular style magazine Ottawa At Home. In addition to her contributions for YMC, you can also follow Paula’s edible adventures through her blog, Constantly Cooking, and keep up with her daily kitchen antics on Twitter and Instagram (@paulajroy).