• Helen Phillips

Apricot Energy Bars

I cant believe it’s September already. I’m sure we have an Indian Summer on the way, but today definitely feels like autumn. And come autumn we’ve got all the autumn halves to look forward to.

I’ve been training for a marathon over the summer months and D-day is looming. So to pick myself up I made some Apricot Energy Bars. Although you will see from the pic they’re more slabs than bars! These are great for fuelling hard training sessions, full of fruit and seeds as well as oats, sugars and fats to fuel your workout.

They are quite sweet, so go sparingly. Enjoy!

Chop 150g dried apricots and boil to rehydrate with 150ml water for 10 mins until they are soft. Then process in a blender until they are a smooth paste.

Then measure out 50g butter, 150g sugar and 75g honey into the pan and warm gently until the sugar has dissolved. Stir in the apricots, 200g oats, 50g raisins, 50g pecan nuts and 50g seeds (I used pumpkin). Mix together, spoon into a tin lined with baking parchment and bake for 15 mins at 170C until then flapjack mix is golden brown.

Cool in the tin (if you remove from the tin before cooling and try to cut everything crumbles!) and when cool remove from the tin. De-parchment and cut into 12 pieces. I find it easiest to cut these bars on a chopping board to get even slices.

The bars are really sweet and I have used them to sweeten my porridge, by breaking them up and stirring with oats and milk. It's delicious!

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