apricot & oat bars
These bars are permanently in my fridge at the moment as they are proving a big hit with my daughter who is taking them into school as a mid morning snack. With no nuts they are suitable for the school's no nut policy, and with a good combination of protein, fats and carbohydrates, and no hidden nasties they are keeping me happy too! They are so easy to make and then I store in the fridge ready for the week ahead.
Makes 5 bars
15-18 dried apricots (make sure they are unsulphured)
1 cup oats
1 tablespoon chia seeds
2 tablespoon sunflower seeds
1 1/2 tablespoon raw virgin coconut oil
Place all the ingredients in a food processor and mix until thoroughly combined and slightly sticky.
Line an enamel dish or glass container with baking parchment. I use an enamel dish that measures 18cm x 12cm
Press the mixture firmly into the dish and place in the fridge for 1 hour to set.
Remove from the fridge, slice up and individually wrap so they are ready to be taken out and placed in the school bag when needed.
The Health Boost Tip
Many of the bars in the supermarkets that are marketed at children are very high in dried fruit. This will often give the children a sugar hit followed by a sugar crash, which will leave them hungry or irritable – or both! I have tried to keep these as low in dried fruit as I can while still tasting delicious.