Monday, April 16, 2012
Recipe: Apricot Coconut Almond Bars
I saw this recipe in my my favorite magazine, Whole Living, and knew I had to try it. I've been trying to make 1-2 new recipes every week to add to my arsenal of kiddo/adult friendly fare (see last week's quiche here), and I loved the idea of making my own bars. I also love the idea of having something somewhat healthy yet still sweet to grab rather than a processed granola bar or cereal bar for Henry.
If you end up making these, let me know what you think. I just enjoyed a square with a cup of tea and it was delicious!
1 1/2 cups dried apricots
1/2 cup raw almonds (I used ones that were pre-sliced)
2 Tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut, toasted
1/2 oz dark chocolate, melted (this is optional- if I did it again I would omit the chocolate)
9-by-5-inch loaf pan
1. Pulse apricots, almonds, coconut, and a pinch of salt in a food processor until finely ground.
2. Line your loaf pan with parchment, leaving an inch overhand on all sides. Transfer mix to pan and press firmly to form a rectangle.
3. Drizzle with chocolate and sprinkle with some coconut. Use parchment overhang to remove from pan.
4. Transfer to the refrigerator and leave until firm, about 15 minutes or so. Slice into 6 bars, and then into 12 square pieces. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
Per serving (1 square): 88 cals; 4g fat (1g sat fat); 0 mg chol, 12g carbs; 28 mg sodium; 2g protein; 2g fiber.