I love trying new recipes for granola bars. With four kids we are always on the go (did I mention 3 of them play sports?). Granola bars are a great quick snack as we zip from lacrosse to soccer and back again.
I had some dried apricots in my pantry and I started thinking about how much I like the Apricot Almond Kind Bars. So I decided to create an Apricot Granola Bar. Since we go through granola bars pretty quickly I will definitely double the recipe next time.
Apricot Granola Bar
1 1/2 cups of dried apricots
2 cups of oats
1 cup of puffed grain cereal (such as Rice Krispies)
1/2 cup chopped nuts (I used almonds and walnuts)
1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup honey
Cover apricots with hot water and allow to soak for 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350 and grease an 8×8 baking pan.
Drain apricots and place in a blender or food processor (I use my trusty Vitamix). Blend until chopped into small pieces. Place coconut oil and honey in a microwave safe bowl and heat until oil is melted and the honey begins to bubble (this can be done on the stovetop in a pot as well). Add the oil and honey mixture to the blender and blend again. It will make a sticky paste.
In a large bowl mix the oats, puffed grain, nuts and coconut. Add the apricot mix and blend thoroughly. This takes a few minutes as the apricot mixture is very sticky and you want all of the dry ingredients well coated.
Scrape mixture into the prepared pan and press down with the back of a spoon or your hands (you may need to grease your hands a bit to prevent sticking). Bake in a 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes or until center is set. Allow to cool completely before cutting.