Friday, May 25, 2012

Gluten Free & Vegan Apricot Coconut Power Bars

Recipe/  Gluten Free & Vegan Apricot Coconut Power Bars
Dietary Consideration/ Gluten Free, Vegan, Dairy Free, Low Fat, Sugar Free (and tasty!)

Gluten Free & Vegan Apricot Coconut Power Bars
Yield: 8 bars 

1/2 cup cashews
1 cup dried apricots
1 cup shredded coconut
1/3 cup rolled oats
2 tablespoons agave nectar or honey
2 tablespoons earth balance
3 tablespoons flax seeds
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 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, earth balance, sesame seeds, flax seeds, ginger and salt. Process until mixture comes together. Add the chopped cashews and pulse until well combined.

Pour the 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 in an airtight bag or container.

NOTE: Feel free to experiment with different nuts, toppings and flavors! ENJOY!

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