Apricot Almond Chia Energy Bars

by mary on April 2, 2014

almond apricot chia treats- bars, balls, and cookies

almond apricot chia treats

I’ve been wanting to get this recipe up on Fit and Fed for a while, finally it’s here! I’ve made these apricot almond bars several times for friends and family and they’ve been well liked. Tangy apricots blend with sweet dates, ground almonds, chia seeds, and warming cinnamon and cardamon, while a touch of almond extract brings out the almond flavor. In case you wonder what the white seeds are in the bars, they are chia. Sometimes I use white chia seeds instead of black ones when I think that will look better in the final product.

Rather than try to make these treats look even and manufactured, I played with the dough and made not just bars but also thin strips, balls, and cookie shapes. I especially liked the looks of the little cookies with an almond pressed in the middle.

Afternoon sun was streaming into my kitchen when I took this photo of the almond-apricot creations on the cutting board. The sun was very welcome after our March deluge (the rainiest ever here in the Seattle area) and its associated disasters and gloom.

Next time I make these (it won’t be long) I’ll try to get a photo of these goodies stacked on a plate. I wasn’t fast enough this time!

Apricot Energy Bars
 
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Ingredients
Dry ingredients:
  • 1 slightly scant cup almonds (5 oz.)
  • ¾ cup shredded coconut (2.5 oz.)
  • ⅓ cup hemp hearts (1.7 oz)
  • ⅓ cup protein powder (I used Soy-Free Veg)
  • 4 Tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1.5 Tbsp. cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. cardamom
Wet ingredients:
  • 9 oz. Medjool dates, pitted (13 dates)
  • 9 oz. dried apricots (1.75 cup not packed)
  • ¼ tsp. almond extract
Instructions
  1. Blend dry ingredients into a fine meal in a blender or food processor.
  2. Transfer the meal from the blender to a bowl and set aside.
  3. For chopping the wet ingredients and for blending them with the dry, I recommend a food processor, not a blender. The mixture is too thick and wet for my Vitamix to handle. Process the dates, apricots, and almond extract until the dates are blended and the almonds are very finely chopped.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients a bit at a time and continue to process, until they have all been added.
  5. Using a Cuisinart, the final product will be moist, shiny, and fairly homogenized though the chia seeds will not have blended.
  6. Place a parchment paper in a baking pan or on a baking sheet.
  7. Roll/pat the mixture out to a flat sheet.
  8. Chill in the refrigerator for at least half an hour.
  9. Cut into bars. (alternatively, shape into balls or cookie shapes).
  10. Yield: about 1# 11 oz. (perhaps slightly more, there was a little snacking involved before I got out the scale)
  11. This will make about 27 0.8 oz. small bars or balls of about 100 calories each, or 16 1.7 oz. bars of 200 calories each.
Notes
Per 1.7 oz. serving: 203 calories, 9.8 g fat, 3.3 g saturated fat, 5.8 g protein, 20.4 mg sodium, 27.2 g carbohydrate, 5.6 g fiber, 20.1 g sugar, calcium 77.7 mg.

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Marcia April 3, 2014 at 1:57 am

These look absolutely delicious! And I have all the ingredients. Thanks for sharing!
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mary April 3, 2014 at 2:30 am

You’re welcome, I hope you will enjoy them!

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Alexis April 11, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Mmmmmm cardamom! Never cooked with it, but I know I love the flavor. These look so great!

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mary April 12, 2014 at 6:47 pm

Cardamom is one of my favorites! I have the ground spice and I also have green cardamom pods tucked away with my lesser-used spices (yes, that’s a whole area of my cupboard in itself).

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Wendy April 14, 2014 at 11:41 am

These bars sound delish!

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mary April 15, 2014 at 3:42 am

Cool! I’m following you on Bloglovin’…

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Joanne April 14, 2014 at 1:45 pm

Delicious recipe. I love making my own energy bars. It makes one feel so much better knowing the exact ingredients.
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mary April 15, 2014 at 3:43 am

That’s definitely one of the big advantages of home cooking, and it extends to energy bars too.

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Tina April 16, 2014 at 10:24 am

I like to make my own bars, too, and to use almond flavoring. I like the whole almond on top, too!
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mary April 17, 2014 at 3:47 am

I’m sure you need an ample supply of bars for your running, it is so nice to have ones that you’ve made yourself!

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Brittany April 21, 2014 at 12:40 pm

Wow! The flavor in these looks amazing! MUST try!
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mary April 24, 2014 at 10:58 pm

I hope you will like them! They could be a quick snack while you are on the go with baby.

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