No Bake Apricot Granola Bars
Serves: approx. 1 dozen squares
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • ½ cup unsweetened peanut/almond butter (use sunflower seed for a nut-free option)
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups toasted rolled oats* (you can also use un-toasted oats)
  • 1 cup finely chopped dried apricots
Instructions
  1. Process dates in a food processor for about 1 minute until paste-like.
  2. Combine nut/seed butter, maple syrup, coconut oil, and vanilla in a small saucepan over medium-low heat until warmed through and smooth.
  3. In a large bowl combine dates and oats, mix together well. Pour nut butter mixture over the oats and stir together until thoroughly combined (I like to use my hands here). Mix in chopped apricots.
  4. Press mixture down into a parchment lined 8x8 baking pan. Use your hands to evenly flatten mixture, a layer of saran wrap makes this easy.
  5. Chill in the refrigerator for 20 minutes until firm. Cut into bars or squares.
  6. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week.
Notes
* To toast oats, place in 350 oven on a baking sheet for 7-10 minutes.
Recipe by Red Kitchenette at http://www.redkitchenette.com/2017/04/17/no-bake-apricot-granola-bars/