Dried Apricot & Applesauce Granola Squares (V)
Dried apricots. A never ending goodie in my cupboard. I’m really into dried fruits and eat them as a snack all the time. Dried dates, dried prunes, dried dates, dried cherries, dried apples, dried pineapple, you name it! Apricots are of course part of this long list of dried fruit favourites and I put them in my morning porridge, into cakes, eat them just like that or – put them in a granola bar! This treat is perfect for on the go, so there are no excuses for not having a delicious & nutritious snack with you at all times. Join me in prepping this quick goodie for your next dried fruit craving!
dry these apricots
Apricots, similar to prunes, belong to the rose family and are related to peaches, nectarines as well as other stone fruits. Drying fruits involves the evaporation of water without harming its nutritional value. As a result, we get the whole range of nutrients including calcium (bone density), potassium (blood pressure regulation), vitamin A (immune function and eye health) and non-heme iron (as it comes from a plant-based source. Non-heme is not as readily absorbed as animal-source heme iron, unless you consume it along with some vitamin C). However, the water-soluble nutrients such as vitamin C are higher when consuming the product in its freshest state. The other compounds become more concentrated through the drying process and yield a denser nutritional profile per serving. Dried apricots are also high in carotenoids (plant pigments that have an antioxidant function and decrease free radicals) and other potent antioxidants (including vitamin A). So while we all love fresh apricots, let’s switch to the dried ones every now and then to make these irresistible granola bars!
Prep Time: 10 min
Baking Time: 30-40 min
Total Time: 40-50 min
Servings: 12 squares
For this recipe you will need:
3 cups oats
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp ground flax seeds
⅓ cup sunflower seeds
⅓ cup pumpkin seeds
pinch of salt
2 tbsp coconut oil
4 tbsp peanut butter
4 tbsp molasses syrup (you can also sub with honey, coconut syrup or maple syrup)
1 ½ cups unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ cup raisins
½ cup dried apricots, roughly chopped
- Preheat the oven to 180ºC.
- In a large bowl, combine the oats, seeds, cinnamon and salt.
- Melt the coconut oil and pour over the dry ingredients along with the apple sauce, peanut butter, molasses syrup and vanilla. Give everything a thorough stir and lastly add the seeds, raisins and dried apricot chunks. Mix until the batter is smooth and sticky.
- Press into a rectangular oven dish and bake for 30-40 minutes.
- Cut into squares and serve with your favourite type of tea. Or if you take them with you for a snack on the go: take a break from your day when unpacking these goodies and enjoy a moment of gratitude.