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Hemp & Apricot Bars

Hemp & Apricot Bars

When we think of vegan foods that are rich in iron, we often think of the more common ones, such as legumes, leafy greens and kale. However, apricots are a terrific source of non-haem iron for vegans. If you’re aiming for a good dose of iron choose dried apricots, the drying process removes the water and concentrates the nutrients. You’ll receive more iron per 100g dose than fresh apricots.

For this recipe I have used dried organic apricots, these are dark brown in colour and free from any preservatives. Most dried apricots will contain a preservative (sulphur dioxide) to help keep their vibrant orange colour when dried.

I have also included hemp seeds and dates in this recipe, both of which are also great sources of iron.

Happy sprouting, baking and cooking!

x Danielle

Hemp & Apricot Bars

Ingredients

1 C almonds

½ C rolled gluten free oats

¼ C hemp seeds

1 C dried apricots (sulphur free)

6 fresh medjool dates, pits removed

Pinch of sea salt

Coating:

1 C desiccated coconut

Instructions

Chop the dried apricots into small pieces, add these to a high-powered food processor along with the remaining ingredients, except for the coconut. Blend gradually until the mixture starts to come together and comes away from the sides. Avoid over blending as it will become very sticky.

Line a small brownie tin with baking paper and tip in the contents from the blender. Push the mixture down into the corners of the tray. Place a sheet of baking paper on top, then using a cup press the mixture down further. Continue this process until you have moved around the whole tray and the apricot mixture has turned into a flat even surface. Leave the baking paper in place and put in the fridge to firm for 2 hours.

Remove your tray from the fridge, remove the baking paper, gently remove the slice and place on a chopping board. Cut into 10 pieces, you can cut them into any shape, I have done thin bar shaped pieces. Add the desiccated coconut to a bowl and add each piece one by one. Toss in the coconut until well coated, then set aside. Continue this process until you have completed all 10 bars.

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