Organic Apricot Seed Bars

January 26, 2015

Organic Apricot Seed Bars

I’m loving these Organic Apricot Seed Bars. These bars are raw vegan, paleo friendly and free from grains, gluten, dairy, sugar, preservatives and additives, making them a fabulous addition to the school lunch box. They are also a yummy treat for the adults too! Try one of these if you’re feeling a little low on energy in the afternoon. Dried apricots are an excellent source of dietary fibre, potassium, iron and antioxidants.

I’ve been seeing a lot of ‘healthy’ fruit and nut bars in supermarkets and health food stores lately, and most of them only contain a few ingredients all blended up into easy to eat snacks on the go. Whilst this is a great idea, they are a little pricey and most of them aren’t organic, which means they may contain preservatives like sulphites. I’ve also noticed that most of these bars contain nuts, normally almonds, which means these can’t be taken to school. So this morning I decided to make up my own apricot flavoured bars that are quick and easy to make and don’t contain nuts, so my kids can take them to school and daycare in their lunch boxes.

Speaking of school lunch boxes, I feel like I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about school lunch box treats for my eldest son this past week. He starts Prep tomorrow and it’s a really exciting time for him and all of us. We’re so proud of what a big boy he’s becoming and I want to extend his excitement for school to his school lunches. When he opens up his lunch box each day, I want him to think, ‘Yum!’ I know this is a challenge, especially because his lunch box will contain different foods to most of his classmates, but I’m determined to do my best so he looks forward to lunch at school. I’m really confident that these Organic Apricot Seed Bars will be a hit!

Organic Apricot Seed Bars

Makes 8 large bars or 16 small bars

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups or 270g of organic apricots, cut in half
  • 6 organic medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/2 cup or 60g of raw organic pepitas
  • 1/2 cup or 60g of raw organic sunflower seeds

Thermomix Method

  1. Place all of the ingredients in your Thermomix bowl and blend on speed 8 for 30 seconds. By the end of this time the mixture will start to come together, almost like a dough.
  2. Line a 24cm by 13cm loaf tin with baking paper to make it easy to remove the Organic Apricot Seed Bar mixture after it has set. Pour the mixture into the lined loaf tin and press it down with your fingers until the surface is nice and flat. It will be a little sticky but it should press down nicely once you get used to the consistency of the mixture.
  3. Place the loaf tin into the freezer for one hour to allow the Organic Apricot Seed Bar mixture to set.
  4. Remove the loaf tin from the freezer and lift the mixture out of the loaf tin. Cut into eight bars width-ways. If you are making these for small children, I recommend cutting the eight bars in half to make 16 bars in total.
  5. Store your Organic Apricot Seed Bars in the fridge in an air tight container. To save you time, you can wrap each bar individually in baking paper before you store them.

Conventional Method

  1. Place all of the ingredients into a food processor with an S blade. Process the ingredients until the apricots, dates and seeds start to break down into small pieces and the mixture starts to come together, almost like a dough. This may take some time and be a little noisy but persevere until you get the right consistency.
  2. Follow steps 2 to 5 above in the Thermomix Method.

If you want to make more of these bars at once, then you can make a double batch and use a lamington tray to set them in the freezer. However, make sure that you only make one batch of these Organic Apricot Seed Bars at a time, as you do not want to overload your food processor.




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