Vegan Apricot Walnut Energy Bars {GF}

Vegan Apricot Walnut Energy Bars {GF}

This 7 ingredient vegan apricot walnut energy bars recipe is packed full of healthy vitamins and nutrients. Perfect for taking with you on the go or as a quick breakfast or afternoon snack. Ready in 20 minutes. Gluten Free. 

This 7 ingredient vegan apricot walnut energy bars recipe is packed full of healthy vitamins and nutrients. Perfect for taking with you on the go or as a quick breakfast or afternoon snack. Ready in 20 minutes. Gluten Free. | avocadopesto.com

Is the food processor the best kitchen gadget ever or what? I am seriously missing mine, and I mean really really missing it here in Colombia. Without a food processor wave goodbye to homemade pesto, home made dips, hazelnut truffles, energy balls, and yes energy bars too.

Sure the apartment I am renting in Medellin has a blender, but I mean, first of all it looks like the cheapest blender on the market and let’s be real blenders and food processors – not the same.

Not the same by far. So yesterday as D and I boarded a 2 hour bus to head out of town on a day trip (which subsequently proceeded to break down 20 minutes outside of town) I really wish I had these vegan apricot walnut energy bars to snack on during the ride.

Without the food processor, I was simply left with a bag of dried apricots and walnuts to munch on. Cue sad face.

This 7 ingredient vegan apricot walnut energy bars recipe is packed full of healthy vitamins and nutrients. Perfect for taking with you on the go or as a quick breakfast or afternoon snack. Ready in 20 minutes. Gluten Free. | avocadopesto.com

These energy bars I made at home last month and looooved them. I got the inspiration from my copycat larabars bites that I made years ago. Walnut + apricot + goji + lemons = match made in heaven.

These four are made to be together. The walnut is a light nut with a soft delicate flavor that blends nicely with the sharp zesty lemon, tart goji berries and smooth and sweet apricots.

These ingredients just work together. For a hint of sweetness I add a few dates – my favorite ingredient to add in place of refined sugar. Dates work like magic in terms of sweetening up a recipe. And for added healthy measure I threw in some chia seeds and hemp seeds because never take away from the taste and simply add bonus vitamin and nutrient points to the recipe.

Let the food processor do all the work, and stand back, hopefully amazed at home much better this is than a blender. Seriously my all time favorite kitchen gadget.

These naturally sweetened vegan apricot walnut energy bars make for a perfect on the go snack, or even an easy breakfast to grab on your way to work. They’re fruity and nutty and just bursting with flavor.

Definitely my new favorite snack bar.

Now if only I could make these in a blender for when I’m traveling….

Serves 1 bar

Vegan Apricot Walnut Energy Bars {GF}

7 ingredient vegan apricot walnut energy bars packed full of healthy vitamins and nutrients. Perfect for taking with you on the go or as a quick breakfast or afternoon snack. Gluten Free.

15 minPrep Time

15 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup dried apricot
  • 1/4 cup goji berries
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 4 dates, pits removed and softened in water for 10 mins
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon hemp seeds

Instructions

  1. Soak dates in warm water for 10 minutes to soften then a bit. Drain the water.
  2. Combine all ingredients in food processor and process until almost smooth (not completely).
  3. Pat bars into baking tray and freeze for 10-15 mins.
  4. Cut into bars and store in the refrigerator.
Recipe Type: Snack
http://avocadopesto.com/2016/02/29/vegan-apricot-walnut-energy-bars-gf/

Nutrition

Calories: 136 cal
Protein: 2.1 g g
Fiber: 4 g g

 

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Comments

  1. says

    These look so tasty! I’ve never tried goji berries before but I’m starting to see them everywhere. When I find some I’ll have to give these bars a go 🙂

    • Vicky says

      You’ve got to get your hands on some goji berries! They are super healthy for you and delicious :))

    • Vicky says

      Yes I find that the lemon really makes these super light and more refreshing. Bad blenders are the WORST!

  2. says

    I can’t agree more that the food processor the best kitchen gadget! Mine was broken the other day and was thinking to buy another one because I think that it is very handy and makes things easier for me when cooking. About your recipe, it is very easy to make… and the ingredients used are simple, yet tasteful.

  3. Nicole says

    I started making energy balls a few weeks back (usually only nuts/seeds, oats, dried fruit and no sugar or honey). I was intrigued by your recipe the minute I saw it and I finally tried it today. love it!!! the apricots are so sweet, might even leave the dates out nxt time. I cut it in little pieces – as the apricot are sweet only a tiny bit is enough. will def make them again, thanks for an amazing recipe!

    • Vicky says

      Yay so glad you enjoyed the recipe! Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment and let me know what you thought. I am sure these would be great without the dates too – just depends on how sweet you want them!

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