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I was a little unsure about the naming – are they energy bars? But why do all things to be functional? And no, they are way to delicious to be no more than energy bars…
Are they pop tarts? They are similar – but there is way more stuffing! (Which is the very best part…)
So… Apricot Bars it is. Because… that’s what they are, after all. And delicious, they are really delicious, of course. But delicious is not really descriptive…
Oh, don’t let those Bars deceive you. They are definitelly not the most pretty thing… But one of the most tasty ones I’ve made lately. And, remember, if things are not that visually appealing, you might not have to share that much…
For the dough:
- 225g / 1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
- 50g / 1/4 cup ground hazelnuts
- 100g / 1/2 cup margarine or vegan butter
- 2-4 Tbsp water
- soy cream or soy milk
For the filling:
- 225g / 2 cups dried apricots
- 250ml / 1 cup apple juice
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 50g / 1/3 cup raisins
Coat a baking pan with baking paper or slightly grease it with margarine. Mix the whole wheat flour and ground nix. Add the margarine and as much water as needed. Knead either with your hands or the food processor until combined. Put the dough in the refrigerator for about 30 min.
For the filling, put the dried apricots, apple juice and cinnamon in a pot and boil the mixture for a few minutes until the apricots are really soft. Let it cool down and blend in your blender (or food processor) until really creamy. Stir in the raisins. That’s your filling!
Roll out one half of the dough and cover the ground of your baking pan with dough. Put the filling on top of it, roll out the second half of dough and cover the bars. Brush some soy cream or milk on top (it adds a nice glaze) and bake for 20-25 min at 200 C or 350 F.
Remember this guy? Yes, he also loves apricot bars. Maybe it’s the golden orange color that appeals to him? And don’t worry, he didn’t need his axe to cut them… they are rather soft.
All those secret beauties! I am getting hungry looking at this picture, honestly! This is actually a really old recipe, an accidentally vegan one, which I already made before I was vegan! And I don’t know why I haven’t made those bars in such a long time…
The one and only female knight. I think she looks angry. She needs something to eat. People always get grumpy when they are hungry!
Casey Lindberg-Coghill said:
Wow, I’m not even a huge fan of apricot, but these look really amazing. Maybe it’s the awesome Lego men that are drawing me in, but this looks delish! :)
Playful and Hungry said:
Thanks! =) Maybe one could even try other fruit like prunes or even dried apples… Oh, and they don’t taste like pure apricots. The apple juice, cinnamon and raisins add some flavor!
These look amazing. I know what I am making next weekend now! This is my ‘go to’ energy snack http://herbifit.wordpress.com/2012/07/21/87/ Doesn’t look anywhere near as good though.
Sorry, you still have to share :-) They look absolutely delicious to me!
hahahhahahhaha! I love these tasty filled apricot bars a lot! :) Yummy!
I AM MAKING THESE!!! They look amazing.
Those look amazing! I am hosting a baby shower in the near future for a friend and I think all the ladies will love these!
Oh my gosh, yummy! Can these be made gluten free, do you think?
Playful and Hungry said:
If you use a good gluten-free flour mix, I’m pretty sure they should be fine! It’s just a flat crust and they don’t have to rise or get “fluffy” – so making them gluten-free should not be that hard!
(haven’t tried though….)