Almond Apricot Coconut Bars (+first “vlog”-all about bars!)

I’m kind of into bars.

A few years ago, this statement would have been in reference to those places you go to consume alcohol, but today it’s all about quick, nutritious, portable mini-meals. Being an on-the-go gal, sometimes a bar seems like the only thing I have time to ingest. Unfortunately, there is no shortage of really unhealthy bar options out there. In fact, it is extremely rare to find a bar that doesn’t include sugar, and it’s like a miracle if you can find a refined-sugar free bar that is also vegan and gluten-free. There are some exceptions–(and you can learn all about them in MY FIRST “VLOG”! I’m super excited about this—making the video was tons of fun!)–but for the most part (like most things in packages), bars are not often an ideal snack choice.

Your best bet on finding a good bar that’s not full of junk? Make it yourself! And why not start by trying this recipe for DIY Almond Apricot bars!

You’ll notice that almonds and apricots were both featured in a recipe just last week. Sorry to be a flavor-repeater, but if you made the recipe, then you still have the ingredients hanging around, and I figured I’d help give you a use for the rest of those apricots.

Almond Apricot Coconut Bars

(all measurements are approximate; you can use more or less of whatever you want!)

1/4 c coconut flakes (unsweetened)

1/4 c oats (gluten-free if desired)

3/4 c dried apricots

1/3 c almonds

1/2 c dried apples

1-2 T hemp seeds

Put all ingredients in a food process and process until a sticky dough forms. Pour the dough in a small pan. The dough may be flakey and have loose parts, but just smash everything down in the pan until a solid form sticks. Freeze or refrigerate for at least one hour. Cut into bar shapes.

So maybe you’re reading this and thinking, “well if I’m going to eat a bar, it’s because I’m short on time, so this whole DIY bar stuff isn’t really useful for me.” I hear you. That’s why I made a video (!!!), so I could offer some of my favorite picks for store-bought bars. I’m sad to say that there is tons of static in the background, but it gets better after the 5 min mark, so hang tight!

Here are some of the bars I mention!

Vega bars
Larabars
Kind bar
Garden of Life
The Simply Bar!

I’m submitting this recipe to Healthy Vegan Fridays #7 and Wellness Weekends!

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11 thoughts on “Almond Apricot Coconut Bars (+first “vlog”-all about bars!)

  1. KatsHealthCorner says:

    I loved your video! You did such a great job!!!! :) I love protein bars, but it is so hard for me to find one that keeps me full and doesn’t have dairy products in it and isn’t SUPAH expensive. That’s one of the reasons I love making them myself too. Your recipes sounds absolutely DELICIOUS! What a great combination of apricots, almonds, and coconut. Btw, can you taste the dried apples in them, or are they more just for texture?

  2. absolutely ayurveda says:

    oh friend! so happy to see your first vlog and to be reminded of how sweet your voice is :)

    i love GoMacro bars (http://www.gomacro.com) as something between larabars and vega. they don’t have as much protein as the Simplys (and they have more “sugar”), but they are vegan, gluten-free, refined-sugar free and soy-free. i also like some of the bars from Amazing Grass (http://amazinggrass.com) since i am in LOVE with their Green SuperFood powder already.

    hope to see more videos from you!

    • raechel says:

      I’ve never seen any Amazing Grass bars in stores, but I love the powder too! And I have had GoMacro bars, totally forgot to mention them!

      and thanks for the video-love! : )

      ps: glad you’re back from your trip. i’ve missed your virtual presence. <3

  3. FoodFeud says:

    Nice post! I love bars. I also love making my own but I still find a lot of those to be pretty sweet for my taste. my latest favorite is the GNU bars (though not all are vegan – most are) because they are not as sweet or calorie-dense (I eat bars mostly as a snack – as AA mentioned, Amazing Grass bars are, well, amazing as a higher calorie meal replacement) but they aren’t as high in protein as I’d like.
    Anyway, really cute v-log!

  4. Kari @ bite-sized thoughts says:

    I’m kind of into bars too :) Also raw truffle balls but oftentimes it’s the same ingredients in them as in bars, just shaped differently! These look wonderful.

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