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Apricot Orange Energy Bars

Apricot Orange Energy Bars

This weekend I did some snack prep! Much more fun than dinner prep, right? I had some dried apricots that needed using and settled on these apricoty, orangey pecan and almond bars with a sinful orange icing.

Apricot Orange Energy Bars with Orange Icing

I’m eating one right now with some tea, and it’s quite the perfect breakfast. Not too sweet, not too nutty…with just a bit of orange accent. I adapted the recipe from Elana’s Pantry. I’m not one to bake, and especially to bake energy bars (raw is my go-to for snack bars) but these were so simple I will definitely make them again. I can easily use different ingredients to mix it up. I’m thinking dried blueberries and lemon zest next time or maybe some ginger? Yum.

apricot orange energy bars

I made the icing because I felt like they weren’t sweet enough for the husband (there’s no added sweetener in the recipe, just the apricots). It was definitely a decadent add-on, but really makes the bar special. Next time I might make a batch for him with a bit of real maple syrup or honey, but for me, they were perfect as is.

I also made some apricot granola, look out for that post later this week!

Apricot Orange Energy Bars

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dried apricots
  • 1 cup raw pecans
  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ teaspoon Celtic sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla powder or extract
  • ½ cup cacao nibs (or chocolate chips)
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • For the icing: 1 cup confectioners sugar, juice from 1 orange, zest from 1 orange.

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Combine apricots, almonds and pecans in a food processor. Pulse until well chopped, mix should resemble coarse sand. Add in eggs, orange zest, cocao nibs, salt and vanilla. Pulse until until mixture forms a ball. If using chocolate chips, stir them in at the end. Spread mixture into a greased 8 x 8 inch baking dish (or use parchment paper). Bake for 25 minutes. In a small bowl, prepare icing by stirring together the confectioners sugar, orange juice and zest. Drizzle over sliced, cooled bars.
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