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.
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.
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
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
- 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
- Soak dates in warm water for 10 minutes to soften then a bit. Drain the water.
- Combine all ingredients in food processor and process until almost smooth (not completely).
- Pat bars into baking tray and freeze for 10-15 mins.
- Cut into bars and store in the refrigerator.