June 21, 2022

Maple Spice Bites with Baked Apples

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Almost any food that includes maple syrup always puts a smile on my face. There is something nostalgic about this delicious syrup that can be robust or delicate, earthy and not too sweet. It has the perfect balance and is an ideal substitute for sugar.
Maple Spice Bites

What you’ll need to make this recipe

  • Fresh apples or apple chips
  • Dried apricots
  • Water
  • Oats
  • Almond flour
  • White chia seeds or black chia seeds
  • Hemp hearts
  • Mandoline (helpful but not necessary)
  • Food processor
  • Maple Syrup
  • Cashew Butter
  • Apple Pie Spice (find my favourite store bought here!)
  • Salt, caramel chips *optional
Maple Spice Bites ingredients

Fun Fact

Maple syrup in Canada

As the world’s leading producer and exporter of maple syrup, Canada makes up 80% of the global market. Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick are the provinces in Canada that are the contributing producers.

The first documented information on the collection of sap by the Mi’kmaq was in 1606 by Andre Thevet who wrote about the 1557 voyages of Jacques Cartier.

The production of maple syrup by the Indigenous Peoples of the First Nations is a process that has been passed from generation to generation so it is likely that this delicious syrup was made long before the documentation by Mr. Thevet.

Thank you to the First Nations Peoples for sharing this process so that we can continue to enjoy maple syrup all over the world. My favourite maple syrup is from an Indigenous women owned business called Wabanaki Maple. Read about their story and find their products here!

The maple syrup season is quite short and takes place during the “sugar moon”. Quebec is the highest producer of maple syrup with a season lasting from four to six weeks starting in mid March to the end of April. New Brunswick is the third largest producer. Vermont in the United States is the second highest producer of maple syrup. There are many health benefits of using maple syrup when appropriate as a sugar substitute because it is not highly processed like refined sugar. There are quite a few yummy products that come from maple sap. Taffy, jam, sugar, butter, barbecue sauce, craft alcohol, vinaigrette, candy and the unforgettable maple syrup.

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Maple Spice Bites

Maple Spice Bites with Baked Apples

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  • Author: Jordana Eloise
  • Total Time: 30-150 Minutes
  • Yield: 1618 Bites 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


I used to wait patiently for the maple season to arrive because I knew that our class would be going on a school trip to the maple farm to see how maple syrup is made. The best part of the trip was making maple taffy in the snow. Yum! I have tried to recreate this fond memory in these spice bites with maple syrup and baked apples.


Units Scale
  • 23 medium sized apples or if you are pressed for time, a 1/2 bag of Bare apple chips-total of 2 cups.

    I have not received compensation for this recommendation. The flavour and quality is the closest to baking apples from scratch.
  • 23 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup dried apricots or approximately 11 whole dried apricots
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 tablespoon white chia seeds *if you do not have white chia seeds, use what you have. I use white chia seeds in this recipe for colour. Using a mix or black will not change the flavour, texture or consistency.
  • 1 tablespoon hemp hearts
  • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice, store bought or homemade
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup cashew butter
  • caramel chips *optional


*If you are using pre–made apple chips, skip to step 7 on the instructions list.

  1. Line two baking trays with parchment paper, set aside. Line a freezer friendly container with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Preheat the oven to 275 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. Wash and slice apples by hand or with a mandoline and place on the prepared baking trays.
    Sliced apples on tray
  4. Measure 2–3 tablespoons of maple syrup and put it in a small bowl. Spoon maple syrup over the apple slices.
  5. Put the baking trays in the oven on the middle and lower racks and bake for 60 minutes. After 60 minutes, switch the trays. The tray that was on the bottom rack goes onto the middle rack and the baking tray that was on the middle rack goes on the lower rack and bake for another 30 to 40 minutes until the apples are golden and dehydrated.
  6. Remove the apples from the oven and immediately take them off the trays and put them on a cooling rack. If you let the apples sit on the tray for too long they will stick to the tray. 
  7. Measure and chop dried apricots, place them in a small bowl and pour over 2 tablespoons of water. Set aside.
  8. Measure the dry ingredients and place them in the food processor. Pulse then mix until everything is blended and well combined. Remove the dry ingredients and place in a large bowl. Set aside.
    Baked apples in processor Pulsed baked apples
  9. Measure apples if using pre baked apples then put them in the food processor or put the apples from the cooling into the food processor. Pulse then blend until the apples are partially broken and are about the size of medium peas. Place in a bowl and set aside.
  10. Put dried apricots in the food processor. Pulse and blend until the apricots are the size of small peas. Add the blended apples back to the processor and blend until combined.
    Baked apples and dried apricots in food processor Blended baked apples and apricots
  11. Add the dry ingredients to the food processor. Pulse then blend until the mixture is fully combined.
    Dry ingredients and fruit in food processor Dry ingredients and cashew butter in processor
  12.  Add the cashew butter to the food processor and pulse then blend the mixture until it is completely combined. About 2 minutes.
  13. Roll the mixture into balls and place them in the prepared freezer friendly container. Layer with parchment paper if needed. Place in the fridge for up to two weeks or in the freezer for up to two months. 
    Bites rolled into balls


Q: What substitutes for the nut butter can I make?
A: Use any nut butter that you like. Peanut, almond, sesame (tahini).

Q: What if I don’t have time to bake apple slices?
A: Use premade apple chips. Just follow the recipe as per the instructions for the substitute.

Q: Can I use more maple syrup in this recipe?
A: Yes, just remember that by adding more than the recommended amount may change the texture of the bites. Also try using maple sugar if you have some on hand.

  • Prep Time: 30-150 Minutes


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