Apricot Coconut Energy Bars

APRICOT COCONUT ENERGY BARS:

Tangy, sweet, crunchy, chewy, delicious, healthy, raw, nutty, vegan, scrumptious, simple, homemade.

apricot coconut bars

All you need is a few pantry items, a food processor and a bit of freezer time and you’ve got yourself a week’s worth of healthy snacks.

Who needs to buy expensive energy bars when you can make your own?

Sorry energy bar companies, I totally sold you out.

And we’re off!

Ingredient gathering time!

apricot coconut bars

Go melt your coconut oil. I put mine in the microwave (sans lid) and zap for 30 seconds.

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Nut chopping!

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Set nuts aside. I like chunks of nuts in my bars.

apricot coconut bars

Throw the dried apricots in the processor!

apricot coconut bars

After a few minutes you have this.

apricot coconut bars

Oats, coconut, hemp seeds, agave syrup, ginger & salt! RUN THE PROCESSOR!

apricot coconut bars

Add in the melted coconut oil while it’s running.

apricot coconut bars

Test out your “dough”

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Add in the cashews and pulse to combine.

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Dump the dough on your parchment lined baking pan.

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Press it in. Use the bottom of a measuring cup to help! Now pop it in the freezer.

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Cut up your bars. Eat the imperfect sides…

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Stack them up. It’s kinda fun.

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Put them in a little container for safe keeping.

sealed

Now you’re never far from a healthy snack!

Apricot Coconut Energy Bars

makes 8

(a Shutterbean original)

  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1 cup dried apricots
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons agave syrup
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 3 tablespoons hemp seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Line a 8 inch baking pan with parchment paper, set aside. Place cashews in a food processor and process until nuts are evenly chopped, set aside. Put dried apricots in the food processor and process for 3-4 minutes to finely chop. Add coconut, oats, agave syrup, coconut oil, hemp seeds, ginger and salt. Process until mixture comes together. Add the chopped cashews and pulse until well combined.

Put the apricot coconut mixture in the parchment lined baking pan and firmly press into pan. Cover the bars and place in a freezer for one hour. Unmold bars, trim ends and cut into even rectangles. Bars will last up to one month if stored in an air tight container in the fridge.

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  • January 23, 2012

    Love this so much! No more flaking out before training in the evening. Energy = win :D

  • January 23, 2012

    I love the orange color…. gorgeous!

  • January 23, 2012

    These look so perfect! I love the idea :)

  • These bars sounds amazing and really easy to make. I have no self-control when it comes to dried apricots (I have to hide them in the back of the cupboard so I don’t eat them all at once) and one of my favorite things to combine them with is coconut. These are absolutely going on my list of things to make this week!

  • January 23, 2012

    I love these! They look so healthy…although I think I’d eat more than one!

  • January 23, 2012

    These look freaking amazing! Just found your blog and I LOVE it!! :)

  • January 23, 2012

    SOLD…i can’t wait to make these!

  • January 23, 2012

    Yes! I’ve so been wanting to make my own energy bars. This motivates me to give it a try. Thank you!

  • January 23, 2012

    Oh thank you! I am going to make these today!

  • jenny
    January 23, 2012

    making these today! LOVE apricots and LOVE healthy energy bars. you are AWESOME!!

    • jenny
      January 24, 2012

      so I made them and they are FREAKING INCREDIBLE. I subbed maple syrup for the agave, since it was what I had on hand. I also used california apricots instead of turkish, as the turkish don’t sit well with me for some reason. I had to add about 1/2 cup more california apricots, since they come in halves, but other than that, I followed your directions to a totally scrumptious end. now I will just have to pace myself with these because I could do a lot of damage to my supply in one sitting. :) oh yeah, I also love the note the ginger adds right at the end. nice call with that. it made me think about trying cinnamon at some point, too.

  • January 23, 2012

    Thanks for sharing! My husband keeps a stash of energy bars at work and man are they expensive! I’ll be glad I can make my own :)

    • January 23, 2012

      Hooray! That also means you can put WHATEVER you want in it!

  • Valerie
    January 23, 2012

    Is there any substitute for oats and cashews I could put into these bars? They look so yummy! Thanks!

  • Amy M
    January 23, 2012

    Any ideas of what can be substituted for the hemp seeds? Everything else is a pantry staple! They look so yummy!

    • January 23, 2012

      You can totally do without! Just add a little extra coconut or cashews :)

  • January 23, 2012

    These look delish! I’m always looking for healthy and homemade granola bar recipes to fuel me for hiking. Yesterday, I hiked 13 miles and had to eat store-bought bars–it just wasn’t the same!

    Thanks for the recipe. :)

  • January 23, 2012

    i love this!! we’re always buying bars and it’ll be so great to make them at home. i can’t wait to try this one & other flavor combinations! thanks, tracy! :)

  • January 23, 2012

    Oh my!!! Looks so good. Love the post and you! Half way through your latest pod cast and so feel like we are friends…. I know it is the stalker in me! Sorry!

  • January 23, 2012

    Yum! I start school again tomorrow and these will be perfect to help get through the marathon that is my class.

  • January 23, 2012

    These are pretty! Like gold bricks of energetic heaven. And I was even give a snazzy food processor for christmas! So I think that means these are meant to be.

  • January 23, 2012

    What a delicious snack idea!

  • Molly
    January 23, 2012

    Beautiful! Do you think I could use another dried fruit such as dates?
    ps. I love your podcast with Joy :)

  • January 23, 2012

    Yummy! I have a couple very similar recipes, I love apricots and coconut together! Love the cashews in this though. I even sometimes press them into a pan and then cut them out into little heart shaped with a heart cookie cutter for my kids, or just animal shapes when I’m not feeling so mushy :D

  • January 23, 2012

    Tracy, these look fantastic! Any thoughts on how long they might keep?

    • January 23, 2012

      about a month if you keep them in the fridge! :)

  • January 23, 2012

    As much as I say I’m not a snacker, I totally need something small in the afternoon to tide me over till dinner. And so does my husband, but he normally goes for straight carbs, which I don’t like. These sound perfect for both of us! Also, you can self-portion! BONUS!

  • January 23, 2012

    Oh yum! What a great bar! Healthy, satisfying and yummy! Great recipe!

  • Jessica W
    January 23, 2012

    Alternatives to coconut oil and agave syrup? I would love to make these without a trip to the store. :)

    • January 23, 2012

      Maple syrup! Coconut oil was just for flavor you could do without!

  • January 23, 2012

    You’ve inspired me to try (again) to make energy bars! I’ll probably play around with the recipe to add a whole mess o’ protein (since I’m veg), but it’ll be way better than store-bought bars! I also love adding pureed pumpkin to stuff like this for added vitamins…of course not with the apricot-coconut flavor profile. But maybe with almonds and maple syrup? I’ll test out some recipes and let you know…Thanks for the inspiration!

  • January 23, 2012

    damn woman, how do you think of these things??? this sounds YUM.

  • January 23, 2012

    I heart coconut oil! So psyched Trader Joe’s started carrying it. Have you tried Leela’s recipe for cashew cream from The Kitchn? So. Incredibly. Good.

    • January 24, 2012

      No no no NO!!! I NEED TO!!!

  • January 24, 2012

    Heeey these would be fantastic for tramping! Lots of sugar – lots of energy. Never used coconut oil but seems pretty alright? Thanks for the recipe :D

  • I can’t wait to try these. Apricots are my A#1 dried fruit, and I love these sweet treats that are beneficial to our health too! They look amazing.

  • January 25, 2012

    Oh oh, I love this recipe!!

    • January 26, 2012

      Seems like it’s right up your alley!! YAY

  • January 26, 2012

    I think I have a weekend project. Should these be stored in the freezer? Or would that make them rock hard and impossible to eat?

    • January 26, 2012

      They can be stored in the freezer no problem. They will still retain a little bit of chewiness. If they thaw for a few minutes they’ll be perfect!

  • Grace
    January 26, 2012

    Hi Tracy,
    Really random question: I’m new to coconut oil and was wondering if the jar you have from TJ’s is of the same grade you would use for cosmetics. In your hippie podcast you mentioned putting coconut oil on the ends of your hair. Is the TJ stuff suitable for putting on hair? Thanks for the post!!

    • January 26, 2012

      Yes! It should work out fine. As long as it’s extra virgin that’s all that matters!

      • Grace
        January 27, 2012

        Perfect, thanks! I guess it’s time for hair therapy and apricot coconut bars!!

  • Hi Tracy! I really want to make these, but I live in the boondocks and hemp seeds are no where to be found. Is there a substitute I could use, or could they be made without them?

  • Wendy
    January 30, 2012

    Tracy—I was looking for a recipe for bars like this the other day—and you must have read my mind! Can’t wait to try them out!

  • Dawn
    January 30, 2012

    I made these this weekend and they were amazing! Thanks so much for the recipe!

  • February 2, 2012

    These sounds delicious! Putting them on my to-make lists!

  • Angela
    February 3, 2012

    These are awesome! I made some last night. Mine are a bit soft I would probably only use half the oil next time, or add some more oats. Other than I have been wanting to find a recipe for these kind of bars for a while. I pressed some dried cranberries and slivered almonds on top!

  • February 6, 2012

    oh my stars! These are delish! Thanks for the recipe.
    I made mine with brown rice syrup and rather than hemp seeds, (didn’t have any), i used sunflower seeds. SO good.

  • February 8, 2012

    Hi! Just finished making these and put them in the freezer…my boyfriend and I had some sneaky tastes when the mixture was ready (MMMMMMMMMMMMMMM) and not sure we can wait until they’re set!

    I used honey instead of the agave, peanuts, and linseeds, just as I didn’t have the exact ingredients…I’m an addict to coconut oil so upped the quantity of that a little too mainly just because I melted a little too much! (the cats got a good lick though too :)

    I can’t wait to try them. Love your website, I just started my own blog icanlikeit.com so I’ll be sure to post about these once I’ve tried them and taken a nice piccy to honor your recipe!

    Thank you in advance, Dani xx

  • Whoa! These are delicious! I just whipped up a batch using apple rings instead of apricots and chia seeds (1T) instead of hemp seeds…working with what I had at the house. They are awesome! Now I just have to make sure that I don’t eat them all in one go.

    Thanks!

  • May 18, 2012

    These are delish! I made some last night (subbed chia seeds for hemp) and doubled up on the apricots (just wanted to use the whole package sans the ones I snacked on while making!). So good! Thanks for the recipe!

  • Natasha
    June 27, 2012

    Wow, these bars are freaking amazing! The only subs I made were pistachios for cashews since I didn’t have any on hand. I also added a dash of cardamom and cinnamon in addition to the ginger. What a fabulous recipe! Thanks so much!

  • August 24, 2012

    this looks awesome! and uses the greatest ingredients. i LOVE coconut oil, dried apricots, hemp, coconut, oh man, cashews…

    i will be making these. cheers!

  • Lisa
    March 5, 2013

    Made these last night….they are wonderful….sweet with a tiny hint of salt! They are also very pretty. Love the recipe!

  • March 11, 2013

    Great recipe! I used honey instead of agave and subbed chia seeds for hemp seeds. Will post a blog with the recipe and a link tomorrow! THANKS!

  • mintyheart
    February 23, 2014

    Amazing recipe!. Tastes just like a larabar. I used about 1Tbsp of flax instead of hemp, a mix of honey and agave, and added some cinnamon and vanilla. My one complaint is that it became incredibly difficult to mix and I had to use 3 different processors.think I will add the honey towards the end next time.

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