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!