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Almond Apricot Bars

May 2, 2013
After I got rave reviews for my Dark Chocolate Cherry Bars I thought it was about time I delve back into the world of snack bars. I’ve mentioned my obsession with snack bars and how I have a version of one with me at all times (at least until I eat it). This prevents me from entering into the “hangry” state.
almond apricot bars
I need a snack that is nutritious, tasty, portable and most of all, filling. These guys meet all of these requirements. They are also incredibly easy to make! Sometimes I roll these into balls rather than cutting them into bars. This is partially out of convenience but also because sometimes I just need a bite of something sweet without filling up on a whole bar. Then if I need a bigger snack i’ll just eat two (or four..)!
There’s not much else to say about these guys because I think they really speak for themselves. The ingredients are all wholesome and real so you can feel good about eating them. I’m telling you, just try them and you will never go back to those regular old quaker granola bars.

Almond Apricot Bars

by The Healthy Maven

Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 15 mins

Keywords: snack gluten-free vegan almond

Ingredients (Yields: 12 Bars)

  • 1 cup dried apricots
  • 1/2 cup dates
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds (or whole if you can’t get slivered)
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Spread coconut and slivered almonds on a parchment-lined baking sheet. If using whole almonds, chop into smaller chunks.

3. Bake for 5-7 minutes or until coconut and almonds have browned.

4. Line a 9×9 inch baking dish with plastic wrap.

5.Add apricots, dates, almond butter and almonds to food processor. Process until ingredients come together and form a ball.

6. Remove ball from processor and place in a bowl. Add in toasted coconut and almonds.

7.Using hands bring all ingredients together.

8. Flatten mixture into baking dish using hands or a small rolling pin.

9. Place in freezer for 15 minutes.

10. Grab plastic wrap and remove bars from the dish, cut into 12 bars.

12. Store in fridge for up to 2 weeks or in freezer.

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  • Reply
    Em Kathryn
    May 2, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    Those bars look awesome!!! Oh my goodness I am so the type that needs to have snacks with me always. I get hangry for sure. When I’m overly hungry I get all emotional haha… therefore I love snacks! 🙂

    • Reply
      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      May 3, 2013 at 8:06 pm

      Thanks Em! I have to have snacks on me at all times. I become a not so nice version of me if i’m hungry!

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    quincy Leah
    May 3, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    I love apricots! These are so much better than Quaker bars (;

    • Reply
      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      May 5, 2013 at 3:34 pm

      Thank you! Once I started making my own bars I found it hard to go back to some of the other ones out there on the market. Not to mention the high-fructose corn syrup…

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    ejelassi
    May 4, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    These bars look amazing! I love apricots…and with coconut – yummy! I go through a few stages (shaky; brain fog) before I get to hangry, but yeah, I’m not pleasant once I am. I always have snacks with me!

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      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      May 5, 2013 at 3:35 pm

      I totally get the shakes and brain fog too! It’s like the only thing I can think about is getting some food into me asap. Better to avoid this and always carry a snack around. Glad to hear i’m not alone!

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    erinstirr
    May 7, 2013 at 1:47 am

    I love dried apricots! These bars look so delicious and easy to make. They would be a great addition to 5-Ingredient Mondays (http://siftstirandsavour.com/2013/05/05/5-ingredient-mondays-sugar-free-cherry-citrus-popsicles-vegan-gluten-free/), if you’re interested 🙂

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    Frantzo Brinvil
    May 7, 2013 at 6:37 am

    I have just started eating snack bars to keep me motivated while studying. These look like they can be helpful to me..lol

    • Reply
      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      May 9, 2013 at 10:35 pm

      Sometimes I feel like I have to me eating to get any studying done 😉 I hope they are helpful to you! Thanks for dropping by 🙂

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    moicontrelavie.com
    May 10, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    These look delicious – I love creating tasty new snacks so this is a great option for me. Can’t wait to try them!

    • Reply
      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      May 10, 2013 at 8:01 pm

      Let me know how it goes! Many more snack bars in my recipe arsenal that should be poppin up on the blog in the next few weeks. Stay tuned 🙂

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    Heather @Gluten-Free Cat
    May 17, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    Ooooh, Davida, these look spectacular! I’m wondering if they could be made raw and just freeze them. Is the dough really gooey?

    • Reply
      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      May 23, 2013 at 7:57 pm

      You could definitely make these raw! I prefer the toastiness of the nuts and coconut but just mix them in without baking them if you want to keep it raw. The dough isn’t too gooey. It tends to stick together in a big ball so just use your hands to spread it out in a baking dish.

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    Cindy Gordon
    May 23, 2013 at 1:28 am

    Oh the perfect little snack! Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! 🙂

    Can’t wait to see what you are bringing to the party this week! We have another GREAT giveaway!

    Cindy from vegetarianmamma.com

    • Reply
      Davida @TheHealthyMaven
      May 23, 2013 at 7:58 pm

      Thanks Cindy! I’ve found so many delicious recipes through your twitter! I’ll be linking up tomorrow with a great new recipe. Thanks for hosting us!

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    Laura
    May 29, 2013 at 3:44 am

    I am featuring these oh so fabulous bars (I adore apricot!) on AFW this week 🙂

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    Alexis @ Hummusapien
    May 28, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    Ummmm i live my life hangry. I want to slam the whole batch of these bad boys! The turkish apricots from TJ’s are so freaking juicy….I die. You know I’ll make these and send ya a pic!!

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