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Almond and Apricot Bars

Energy bars can be a great way of bridging the gap from one meal to the next, especially if you are exercising or have a hectic lifestyle. Unfortunately, the shop-bought ones tend to be packed with sugar or other harmful artificial sweeteners. They can also be extremely expensive, leading to the temptation to opt for a bar of chocolate instead. Luckily it is quick, easy and cheap to make a large batch of your own, which can be stored in the fridge and used up over time.

Makes 16 bars


  • olive oil, for greasing

  • 75g almonds

  • 100g mixed seeds

  • 250g rolled oats

  • 8 Medjool dates

  • 100g dried apricots

  • 20ml maple syrup

  • 150ml water

  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted

  • 4 tbsp smooth almond butter


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Grease and line a 20cm x 20cm square baking tin.

  2. Chop the almonds, then scatter over a baking sheet with the mixed seeds and oats, and roast for 20 mins, turning occasionally.

  3. Meanwhile, de-stone and roughly chop the dates and apricots.

  4. Place the maple syrup, almond butter, dates, coconut oil and 150ml of water in a small saucepan over a low heat. Gently heat for 10 mins, mashing the dates with the back of your spoon, until you have a sticky sauce.

  5. Tip the oats, seeds, almonds and apricots into a large bowl and pour over the sauce mixture. Coat everything in the sticky sauce.

  6. Pour the mixture onto the baking tin, using a back of a spoon to press into an even layer.

  7. Bake for 15 to 20 mins, or until golden, then cut into portions.

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