no bake apricot bars

I have been a terrible blogger lately and for that I am sorry.

But to make it up to you I have a delicious, simple, and healthy treat you can make at home in no time!

Brian and I have been trying to reduce our sugar and processed food intake lately. So many boxed foods truly have too much sodium and sugar in them. Cooking for yourself allows you to be absolutely positive of the ingredients you’re putting into your body,but we all know it’s not always an easy feat to prep your meals and snacks.

Granola and protein bars were always one “healthy” thing we wanted to keep in our house but when looking at the label many of these bars are seriously crammed with sugar. Now sugar from fruits are no biggie, but the added sugar is really the kicker.

This weekend we decided to make our own homemade bars (recipe adapted from Cupcakes and Kale Chips). These were a hit in our house! I hope you enjoy!

No Bake Apricot Bars

Ingredients:

1 cup pitted dates

1 cup dried apricots

1 cup raw pumpkin seeds

2 tablespoons chia seeds

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

2 tablespoons mini chocolate chips

Instructions:

Line a 8×8 square ban with wax paper. If you don’t have wax paper, foil will be fine too.

In your blender or food processor combine dates, apricots, chia seeds, and cinnamon. Blend until ingredients are in one clump.

Separate the mixture and add in pumpkin seeds. Mix until the seeds are in small chunks.

Add in mini chocolate chips (if desired) and give a quick pulse. If you want to leave out the extra sugar, that’s fine too!

Press the mixed ingredients into the pan and spread evenly. If you have a second square pan, you can use the bottom to press the bars down. We didn’t have a second pan so we just pressed down with our spatula as evenly as possible.

Refrigerate for about 45 minutes and then slice into bars.

* Slicing tip- Use a pizza cutter to slice your bars! Much easier than a knife.

Yum!

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