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Apricot Energy Bars

Apricot Energy Bars


10 dried apricots, pitted

4 dried dates, pitted

1 mandarin orange, peeled

2 Tbsp. maple syrup

1 tsp. vanilla

1 tsp. cinnamon

3 Tbsp. ground flax or chia seed

2 Tbsp. orange juice or water

1 cup flaky cereal (Such as Special K)

1/2 cup walnuts (or other favorite nut)

2 Tbsp. nut butter

1 cup oats

1/4 cup chocolate chips

Serves: 12

Line a square pan with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Rehydrate the dates by placing them in warm water for a few minutes. Grind the first six ingredients in a food processor into a smooth paste. Add the flax or chia, orange juice or water an dpulse. Add cereal, pulse. Then add walnuts (or other nut) and pulse again. Turn mixture out into a mixing bowl. Add nut butter and oats and stir to combine. Place batter onto pan and spread out. Top with chocolate chips. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until firm to the touch. Let the bars cool then, remove parchment. Store in fridge.

Nutrition Facts (1 serving):
Calories: 191.25 kcal
Carbs: 26.42g
Protein: 5.33g
Sodium: 34.42mg 

Recipe: Priscilla Thornton, Nutrition Director at Active Generations