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Chocolate-Apricot Nut Bars

Making your own bars is surprisingly easy; this version requires less than 10 minutes of prep. Experiment with your favorite dried fruits and nuts. For snacking on the run, wrap bars individually in parchment.

  • yield: Makes 6

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups dried apricots
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut, toasted
  • Coarse salt
  • 1/2 ounce dark chocolate, melted

Cook's Note

Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Pulse apricots, almonds, 1 tablespoon coconut, and a pinch of salt in a food processor until finely ground.

  2. Step 2

    Line a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan with parchment, leaving an inch overhang on all sides. Transfer mixture to pan and press firmly to form a rectangle.

  3. Step 3

    Use parchment overhang to remove from pan. Drizzle mixture with chocolate and sprinkle with remaining coconut.

  4. Step 4

    Transfer to refrigerator and leave until firm, about 15 minutes. Slice into six bars.

Source
Whole Living, April 2012

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Reviews (6)

  • 25 Mar, 2013

    I made a double batch of these to bring to work and they were excellent. I did not have any issues with them falling apart. Mine stayed together great and maintained their shape. I used dried, unsweetened apricots and unsweetened shaved coconut. Instead of drizzling the chocolate I smeared a very thin layer over the bars. I used the exact amount of chocolate the recipe calls for, but I think creating a very thin layer of chocolate helped them stay together.

  • 16 Sep, 2012

    We eat a lot of bars so I'm curious to try this recipe, but I wish there was nutritional information so I could compare to our store-bought...

  • 1 Aug, 2012

    After reading your comments about them falling apart; I added pitted dates to mine as well as some agave and those both definitely helped them stay together!

  • 16 Jul, 2012

    I just made an alternate version for this muesli bar. You're right that this recipe lacks 'binding' ingredients to hold it all together. Honey and water simmered together in a pan is a good combination to hold it together. I added a tsp of butter to mine to caramelise it more as well as a tbsp peanut butter (because my partner wanted peanut butter to bulk up...not so great though, if you are trying to lose weight. Peanut butter is very fatty...albeit good fat)

  • 11 Jun, 2012

    Just tried to cut mine as well and they just crumbled. Going to keep all the pieces and eat it from there, but would love to know what I did wrong as this was a great, easy recipe to follow. I did use Cranberries (Craisins) and Walnuts instead - super yummy, but not in bar form for sure...

  • 10 May, 2012

    These bars taste great but crumbled when I tried to cut them. Anyone else have this problem? It feels like something is missing to hold it together.