no-bake apricot cranberry nut bars, gluten-free, vegan, dairy free, no added sugars, grain free
I’ve already written an intro this morning, wrote an entire post, and stayed up late editing a video. Unforteunly, hotel wifi is not suitable for uploading large videos to YouTube.😞 My meal-prep tutorial was planned to go live today, but sometimes plans change! I have about 45-minutes left on the upload, so I plan on getting the post up and live tomorrow morning. I’d love for you to have it just in case you’re looking for meal prep next week.
Like usual, I hate leaving the blog empty before the weekend, so I went into my queue and pulled a recipe to share! Today, I’m sharing my no-bake apricot cranberry nut bars!
These apricot cranberry nut bars were a fun experiment in the kitchen. I was showing my mom how to make the chocolate hazelnut protein bombs, and then we came up with this one right after. I don’t know why, but they taste like cherry pop tarts. I can’t explain it, but they are delicious. I think the almond extract was the perfect addition.
Using apricots and cranberries makes it a nice recipe to transition from summer to fall with. These bars pack a ton of healthy fats and energy for your day or activity!
If you’re looking for a great travel-friendly snack, these are a great choice!
I love how well they hold up! I brought a couple of them to Saturday morning tennis with me. It was nearly 95-degrees, and they held up so well. I didn’t have to worry about melted chocolate of mushy oats. I thought about the endless variations I could make like this bar! It also saved me from walking into Whole Foods hungry! That’s NEVER a good idea. Making a bunch of these ahead of time to eat throughout the week is a great idea. You’ll save a ton of money rather than buy the overpriced bars at the grocery store, they’re quick energy and filling. They are also a great grab and go breakfast choice.
Apricot Cranberry Nut Bars
- 2 Cups Roasted & Unsalted Almonds
- 3 Large Pitted Dates
- 1/2 Cup Dried Apricots (find ones without added sugars)
- 1 Tsp Almond Extract
- 1 Tsp Cinnamon
- 1/3 Cup Dried Cranberries (find ones without added sugars)
- 1/4 Cup Sesame Seeds
- 2 Tbsps Water
- Add almonds, apricots, and dates to the food processor. Chop until they are in tiny little pieces.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the chopped ingredients with vanilla, almond extract, cinnamon, cranberries, sesame seeds, and water.
- Use your hands to form the ingredients into bars, or balls. Store in the fridge, or in a container on the countertop.
Questions for you!
- Do you like to make homemade snacks for travel?
- Would you like to see a carrot cake version of these?
- Do you ever use a food processor?