Apricot Almond Energy Bars

Author: Canadian Living

With no added sugar and lots of fruit, these soft, chewy bars are a nice alternative to store-bought granola bars. Although they take a little time to make, they are not at all difficult, and we're sure you (and your body) will love the results.

  • Portion size 24 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: June 2012

Ingredients

  • 3 cups whole dried apricots (about 1 lb/450 g)
  • 1 cup whole almond
  • 1 1/2 cup large-flake rolled oats
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Method

In bowl, pour 2 cups boiling water over apricots; let soak at room temperature until almost all liquid is absorbed, about 12 hours.

Meanwhile, cook almonds on rimmed baking sheet in 350°F (180°C) oven until fragrant and toasted, about 10 minutes. Let cool and coarsely chop. Set aside.

Toast oats on rimmed baking sheet in 350°F (180ºC) oven until fragrant, 8 to 10 minutes. Set aside.

In food processor, purée together apricots, soaking liquid and dates until almost smooth. Scrape into heavy-bottomed saucepan. Bring to boil over medium heat, stirring constantly; boil, stirring, until very thick and mixture can mound stiffly on spoon, 10 to 13 minutes.

Add oats, cinnamon, ginger, salt and cloves; cook, stirring, until mixture becomes solid mass that is difficult to stir, 8 to 10 minutes. Fold in almonds.

Scrape into parchment paper–lined 9-inch (2.5 L) square cake pan, smoothing top. Bake in 200°F (100°C) oven until dry to the touch, about 1 hour. Let cool in pan on rack. Turn out onto rack and remove paper. Let dry for 12 hours.

Cut into 2-1/4- x 1-1/2-inch (5.5 x 4 cm) bars; wrap each in plastic wrap. (Make-ahead: Store in airtight container for up to 3 weeks.)

Nutritional facts Per bar: about

  • Fibre 3 g
  • Sodium 51 mg
  • Sugars 15 g
  • Protein 3 g
  • Calories 123.0
  • Total fat 4 g
  • Potassium 331 mg
  • Cholesterol 0 mg
  • Saturated fat trace
  • Total carbohydrate 23 g

%RDI

  • Iron 8.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 2.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 3.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 7.0
  • Vitamin C 0.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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