NO BAKE APRICOT ENERGY BARS
Whether it's before a workout, a morning hike or to get through that 3pm energy slump, sometimes you just need a little pick me up. These apricot energy bars are not only simple to make, they require NO baking! Not only do these bars taste delicious, they are made with fruit and nuts to provide a healthy source of fat and sustain energy for a longer amount of time.
95g dried apricots
90g pitted dates
106g FlapJacked Buttermilk Protein Pancake Mix
1/2 tsp cinnamon
25g shredded unsweetened coconut
60g raw cashew butter
40g raw cashews
90g dark or semi sweet chocolate chips
Serving size: 1 bar
Place the apricots and dates into a food processor. Blend for about 20 seconds to break down the fruits a bit, then add in the FlapJacked mix, cinnamon and coconut and blend for 30 seconds. Scrape the sides if ingredients stick. Add in the honey and cashew butter and blend for another 30 - 60 seconds scraping sides if needed. Finally add in cashews and pulse a few times just to break them up a bit. Lightly coat a 25 x 25cm baking dish with non stick spray. Scoop out the mixture from the food processor and flatten down using a spatula to touch all edges of the baking dish. Place the chocolate chips in a glass dish and melt in the microwave. This will take about 2 minutes. Stir a few times. Pour the chocolate over the top of the apricot mixture and spread evenly to coat. Place in the refrigerator for one hour. Remove and cut into 16 equal squares. Store bars in the refrigerator in an air-tight container or wrap in plastic. ENJOY !