No-Bake Sticky Apple Bars

Dreams are so weird. Well, mine are. Since I’m really weird. I had almost a nightmare the other night. Let’s psychological babble this stuff out. Ok, so Laura went out on the town on Saturday night. As did I, BUT I got home by midnight. So I passed out far before she got home. So when I heard her come back in the house, I woke up for a brief second then passed back out. Well I’m guessing this little awakening led me into a frightening dream. Here we go. So I dreamt that Laura came in the house with 5 or 6 friends, I got nervous they would come into my room so I got up, ran to my bedroom door to shut it, then fell head first into my hamper, butt.ass.naked. All her friends saw and stared at my bum and the goods as I flailed around hoping to get out of the hamper. Thank god none of this ever happened.

After all this jazz of a dream occurred, I woke up. And I woke up with a vengeance. I woke up choking. I think I literally scared the air out of myself. Straight up no air into my lungs. I couldn’t breathe. I sounded like a bugel horn. I don’t know what that sounds like. But that’s how I imagine it. Took me about 30 seconds to be able to breathe again. Then I sat there, frightened by the sound of myself, on the end of my bed, wondering what the f*ck just happened.

That story sucked.

I figured something out. Something I kind of already knew. Whole Foods on a Sunday night. OMGhotdudes. I stood in line and pretty much checked the guy out behind me approximately 46 times, none of which he noticed. I suck. I see why all the women in Whole Foods wear heels while at the store. They’re on the prowl. I need to work on what I dress myself in. I had a headband on, with spandex, no makeup, searching for some sort of delicious source of fat. That wasn’t covered in chocolate. I miss you chocolate. Only 3 more weeks.

OMG I’m excited to find out what the 3rd wod is for the CrossFit Open!! Are you?!


Sticky Apple Bars

  • Yield: 4-6 1x




For the toppings

  • 3 apples, cored and thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons coconut butter
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • pinch of salt


  1. First make your crust. Add all ingredients for the crust to a food processor. (you may need to heat up your coconut butter)
  2. Put crust ingredients in an 8×8 or 9×9 glass baking dish, press down until evenly distributed.
  3. Now heat up a large skillet under medium heat. Add your coconut oil then your sliced apples.
  4. Once apples begin to become soft, add your walnuts. Be sure to continuously stir so the apples and walnuts do not burns.
  5. Once apples are wilted, add your honey and coconut cream concentrate along with cinnamon and salt.
  6. When all ingredients are incorporated, pour mixture on top of crust and press flat. Put in the fridge to harden for 30-45 minutes.
  7. Cut into squares and serve!!

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I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


123 thoughts on “No-Bake Sticky Apple Bars”

  1. Awesome! your my go to for all Paleo food (outside of my standard roast meat, bacon and roast vege, oh and eggs). If it was not for you I would probably not be able to maintain 100% paleo… so cheers!

  2. looks super delicious… must make this soon as i am going to go for the Whole 30 and 21 day sugar detox…. must admit.. i really like my (or rather … your) adjusted recipes that make me feel like i dont need sugar and milk chocolate anymore.. but time to get this big butt to be at least a mediocre butt… so i’ll indulge in your scrumptious stuff this week and next week…. it’s game on!!!! Thanks for all of the wonderful food and your creativity… You really are a genius, even if you have wacky dreams!!!! lol.. have a great day J <3

    1. Thanks so much Dannielle! Hope you can try out the recipe soon but stick with the no sugar. I think that’s one of the best thing you can do for yourself! AND I will be writing a post about my thoughts of sugar consumption this week! Stay tuned!

  3. As a newbie to both CrossFit and Paleo, your posts have been IMMENSELY helpful and motivating with the added bonus of making me laugh! THANK YOU!

    I wish that I was so creative about food… but until then, I will continue to steal your recipes! Ha 🙂

  4. Gahhh! Another recipe I want to try but I lack the coconut concentrate to make it. I’ve looked in all my stores–I guess I just need to order it online. This recipe looks awesome.

        1. Coconut butter:
          1 tbsp of coconut oil for each 200-250grams of shredded coconut..
          Blend until smooth (Thermomix = ~5 minutes.. Breville = 10-15 mins with breaks so it doesn’t overheat 🙂

  5. If I were 6th in my region I would be stoked for 12.3! Eh never mind, I still am stoked haha…Anyhoo congrats on that!

  6. I have coconut manna (which i assume is coconut butter) and a creamed coconut in a small box with a vacuum pack I picked up because it looked interesting. Thoughts?

  7. Sounds stupendous! Our box is having a Paleo potluck Friday…o which Juli creation to make… sweet potato brownies or the new sticky apple bars?!?! Tough choice. Congrats on 6th place in our region!!! Can’t wait for regionals and watch you compete!

  8. Ahh, coconut cream concentrate has been on backorder on that tropical site for a long time and I can’t find it anywhere else…is that the only place you’ve bought it from?

  9. @ Amanda, I think coconut butter is the same as coconut cream concentrate… or at least close enough to get you through till it’s off back order. 🙂

  10. Hi Juli!
    So..I was looking at your recipe for coconut butter and you commented that coconut butter and coconut cream concentrate are the same thing. I think I will try making some instead of ordering it, so I don’t have to wait so long to try this recipe!

    Here’s my problem. I can’t get the coconut flakes like your, the only thing I can find here are those little dry flakes that you said would be less “liquid-y”. Is there a way to make it edible using those dry flakes? Adding some liquid or oil or something?

    I made your zoodles and squoodles recipe again today, I remembered the sundried tomatoes this time and I used pork instead of turkey, so damn good!

    1. Yeah just try making coconut butter at home!! It’s fun anyways lol. Just add some coconut oil to the flakes and that will give it more moisture!!

  11. Trycha, I make my own and use the small flakes if it’s all I have on hand at the moment……if it’s not getting as smooth as I’d like I add just a touch of melted coconut oil but it’s not always necessary! So much cheaper to make your own than purchase it too!

  12. OMG! That looks SOOOooo good! Must make it this weekend. Did you drink Celestial Seasonings – Sleepytime Tea? I’ve been having a cup at night before bed for the last week and I’ve been having some crazy f-ed up dreams.

  13. Yuuuuuummmmmm!!!!!!!! Just made this and have had serious issues in leaving some for the rest of the week. I also added pecans to the topping. Amazing. I LOVE these recipes, they fuel my new found nut addiction. I’ve been crossfitting and paleo for just over 3 weeks and I am hooked! 🙂 am
    Slightly concerned that nuts have replaced carbs in my diet but I’m guessing this will even out??? Please keep up the delicious recipes and crazy brain fart writing.

    1. Fat has pretty much replaced almost all carbs in my diet too Vicki, we’re in the same boat!! Glad you already tried them AND liked them!

  14. Hey Juli..

    1) These look amazing and will likely be created and destroyed by me with haste in the near future.

    2) I’m wondering.. how do you choose between the oil you use when cooking? Like coconut oil vs olive oil? I know coconut oil has a higher burn temp, but other than that is there any rhyme or reason to one or the other in certain recipes?
    Thanks Juli!

    1. Hey TC!
      Burn temp is definitely something I keep in mind, but it also depends on the flavor I want in a dish. I sometimes use olive oil to get a different taste then sometimes use duck fat or bacon fat for a more rich flavor. I just like using different sources of fat to spice things up a bit

  15. I’m laughing so hard, I’m crying. Wifey is also next to me, laughing her ass off.

    I <3 you so bad, Juli! These look incredible!!!

  16. Juli – I love all the recipes and my new way of eating but do ever feel like you are eating too much fruit or fat? I have lean protein in all my main meals but sometimes I feel like Im eating too many servings of fruits and or nuts and even “paleo treats”. What is your average servings a day of fruits and or “treats”?

    1. Well Alison, i definitely don’t eat a ton of these treats. I ate one bar then took the rest to my friends! I usually have MAYBE 1 piece of fruit a day depending on what I cooked for the week and try to limit my treats to just a couple times a week

  17. Wow – fruit is what keeps me sane! haha – if you don’t mind can you write down a quick typical “day” for you as far as what you eat? I am definitely seeing results but I am afraid since they are good treats Im allowing myself too many.

    1. I’m actually making a video about it today!! So I’ll try to post that next week so you can see what and how much food I eat!

  18. HAHA seriously maybe Whole Foods is the place to go to pick up guys. I was standing in the check out line once talking to a cute guy behind me who was wearing a Tough Mudder shirt (cute and active guys!) and the cashier thought we were together… uh no, unfortunately. Maybe we’ve been missing out.

  19. After I read this, I had a dream last night that this gym was haunted and the only way that the ghost would leave you alone was if you had no toe nails or eyebrows. So what did I do? Well I woke up before, but you can imagine haha. These bars look amazing!! I want to make some paleo ice cream to go with :).

  20. BAHAH!! That dream was hilarious! The part where you couldn’t breathe made me laugh so hard, LOL I know, that sounds horrible, but you know what I mean! Anyway, those bars look legit- I’m just out of coconut butter & broke, so I can’t make them this week. Boo. But I can’t wait to try ’em!

  21. Are you worried that I am a cyber stalker yet? I never leave comments. Until you. It scares me a little. Your dream made me laugh so hard, but I’m sure it was quite traumatic for you. My husband swallows things in his dreams all the time. He will wake up choking and then tell me what he swallowed — completely, seriously believing that he has swallowed it — and then asks me for a drink of water. A few things he has “swallowed” over the years: his glasses, a CD, a coffee mug, a freight train, and the cat. heh heh heh. The cat is my favorite. Can’t wait to try this recipe!

  22. I made these last night and brought them to my box this morning and they were an absolute HIT!!!! Everyone loved them – I made the morning coaches promise they would save some for the afternoon coaches because they were going so fast! Thanks for another amazing dish!

  23. Just made these tonight, sooo good! I had to make my own almond butter, which took forever, but they were delish. Thanks for the great recipes! 🙂

  24. Made these today using an 8×8. A bit too thick and almond butter tasting. I think the 9×9 would be much better. Easy to make and very good favors!

  25. This is in my refrigerator right now chillin’
    I can’t wait to try it. I’m thinking I am going to have to take the leftovers to work with me tomorrow. 🙂 I might have a piece for breakfast too.

  26. Hot damn, these are good. I omitted the honey from the crust and just used honey with the apple topping. Next time I’m going to leave it out entirely. All the flavor combos are AMAZING and don’t need extra sweetness, in my opinion.
    Thanks for a great recipe!! I’m definitely going to put this into rotation, for sure!

      1. I was craving these last night and made a special trip to the store for apples. I got home and found I was COMPLETELY out of dates. I too am a food hoarder, so this was kind of impressive…but still annoying.
        Anyway, I did have raisins, and I used about a cup of those. I also tried my “honey free” idea…and everything turned out a-ok. Thanks for such a solid recipe, that it can even stand up to subs like that.

  27. I made these last night and oh my are they easy, and DELICIOUS!!! Thanks “JB”! I also brought them into the office for two of my co-workers and then enjoyed my “weird Paleo treats” that they devoured instantly. Success all around

  28. Just finished making these, waited my 40 minutes, and they are awesome! Did take a bit of effort using the ninja blender in place of the food processor, but the end result is worth the work. Thanks for the recipe!

  29. LUH-HUH-VED this!!! It’s like an apple pie, but actually better!!! Gonna try it with some heirloom apples I have – can’t wait!! Thanks for the awesomeness!!

  30. Soooooo Good!! Another hit!!! Thank you soo much! Love the apples for this one! I didnt have raw honey, so I used creamed. love it!! I bought a jar of coconut cream and it was my first time to use it… it was weird to work with…. was i supposed to go below the oil level??? to the dryer part???

  31. This entire website is such a great way to keep the paleo diet fun and interesting, meats,veggies,nuts, and fruit do get old after a while, thank you for this contribution to the crossfit community this way and the humor rocks also!

  32. These are amazing!! First thing I’ve made of yours so far. Just transitioned from 5 years of gluten-free to grain-free/ paleo this weekend. Thanks!!

  33. I have been craving Apple pie since going Paleo and this has just satisfied that!! These are AMAZING! I raced down stairs this morning to have them for breakfast 🙂 Your recipes are creative, simple and best of all gourmet delicious! You Rock Juli!

  34. perfect…especially since my oven blew up!
    made this so many times now and have eaten it in place of a meal. i know…bad of me…

  35. Haha! I noticed the hot dudes at Whole Foods too but usually around 5pm during the week. I told myself that I need to dress up more in the future. Guess I’m not the only one with that bright idea.

  36. Made these for dessert for the 4th, doubled it into a 9x 13 since we were having a lot of family over. Unfortunately, or maybe not, only one other person tried them, so we have a ton of leftovers! They were so good. Hubby made some paleo vanilla ice cream, better than apple pie and ice cream! Thanks for another great recipe!

  37. Sneaking paleo into party settings is not always easy, but this one takes the cake. My 2yr old was crying because the bars/mixture by the end was gone. I am making another crust just for fun. I will tell you, I used peaches and apples on the first round….peaches were the winning fruit for me!

  38. I really want to try all your treat recipes because I’m a fanatical baker (I love making things for other people even more than myself!) but I am not a fan of coconut in the slightest. Is there something I could sub in these recipes for coconut? Already tried a few dinner recipes and they have been DELICIOUS!

  39. HOLY HELL! These were amazing & made me even cooler than I already am! Thank you thank you thank you for sharing your ingenious creations! 🙂

  40. Oops! I meant cooler because I gave them to all my friends and they also fell in love and thought I was amazing for making them!

  41. You are seriously the best Paleo recipe maker of them all!! I LOVE your recipes!! I’m so glad you are doing a cookbook, I’ll be first in line to buy one 🙂

  42. Holy crap these are good. I just finished my introductory 30 day paleo detox and these are the treats I made for my wife and I. They are fabulous. I have been eyeing all your treats for the past 2 weeks. I think I will try one per week. Don’t want to go overboard.

  43. My girlfriend had these served at her wedding last night. They were to die for! My entire drive to the wedding I was justifying why i got to eat wedding cake (that I hadn’t even eaten yet..). Well they didn’t even have a wedding cake, just a bunch of AMAZING paleo and non-paleo homemade treats. I was in heaven. I can’t wait to make this at home!

  44. I just read this and I’m at work so I was trying to hold in my laugh and so then I just exploded with laughter out of nowhere. So thanks for making me look crazy, thanks for making me laugh all the time and thanks for all your recipes. You make eating paleo easy and so good!

  45. I made this the first time with half figs and half dates because I only had 6 dates. I took it to work as a treat, and my coworkers LOVED it. The second time, I used the recipe for your topping, but used the crust from a Magic Coconut Bars recipe:
    3/4 cup almond flour/meal (I make my own and like it a little coarse)
    3/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
    1/4 teaspoon sea salt
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    1 tablespoon honey
    1/4 cup coconut oil
    It gave me just enough crunch, but was tough enough to withstand the weight from the apple mixture! Both versions were spectacular. Thanks!!

  46. Made these for dinner for Easter – thought it would be nice to have dessert but didn’t want to go over the top with all the other treats the kids will be eating. These were perfect, very sweet and very easy to make, we loved them.

    I substituted sunflower seed butter b/c we can’t have nuts which I guess doesn’t make them Paleo anymore, but they were still awesome!

  47. Saw these in your cookbook (which I now have and LOVE)! Made them today and….OMG!! Scrumptious!! Big hit with me, hubby and 21 year old son! Thank you!

  48. You have one of the best Paleo recipe sites out there! My family and I have loved everything we’ve made of yours – and I can’t wait to try all of the other recipes I’ve pinned from you. (Of which there are many!)

    These are so good! Such a yummy indulgent Paleo treat. (:

  49. I made these bars last night. They are beyond awesome!! I didn’t have enough almond butter so I used no sugar added cashew butter and I used up the last of my walnuts so I went for the pecans instead. Incredible texture and flavor! I have your cookbook, which, btw, is beautiful and mouth-watering. and I can’t wait to try all of your recipes. I love your website and blog too. You always make me laugh out loud with your sense of humor. Keep on sharing and spreading the smiles. You’re awesome!

  50. Hi Juli! I made this recipe last night and while it turned out AMAZING I had one question. When I went to cut into squares the form didn’t hold. We literally we eating it out of the pyrex with a spoon (which was still COMPLETELY AMAZING). What should I do differently next time? I kept it in the fridge overnight as well.

    1. hmmmm that is strange. you should try putting it in the freezer. with the amount of coconut oil and coconut butter that is in the dish, it should stick together pretty firmly.

  51. I made these for Thanksgiving. They taste amazing! I think I must have overcooked the apples or something, though, because they looked…grey. The whole thing looked grey and unappetizing. Which meant lots of delicious leftovers for me! Next time I would buy very bright red apples if they were available (selection was limited in Korea) and cook them for less time.

  52. I’m embarrassed to ask this but what is the difference between coconut oil and coconut cream concentrate? Thanks! I still made these not knowing the difference and LOVED them.

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