Friday, March 23, 2012

Apricot-almond-coconut energy bar

This is a truly simple and delicious home-made power bar! I saw the recipe for "Chocolate-Apricot Nut Bars" in April's Whole Living magazine and had to try it. It is vegan, requires no cooking, and the best part of all: it's a quick energy bar that you can grab on the go! 

1 1/2 cups dried apricots
1/2 cup raw almonds, toasted (you cans substitute these with walnuts or pecans too)
2 Tbspn unsweetened shredded coconut, toasted
Coarse salt
1/2 oz dark chocolate, melted

What to do?
1. Pulse apricots, almonds, 1 Tbsp coconut, and a pinch of salt in a food processor or blender until everything is finely ground; 2. Line a pan with parchment paper, leaving an inch overhang on all sides. 3. Transfer mixture to pan and press firmly. 3. Drizzle mixture with chocolate and sprinkle remaining coconut. 4. Transfer to fridge and leave until firm, about 15 minutes. Slice into bars. Store in airtight container for up to 5 days. 

Enjoy a dose of energy with every bite!

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