No-Bake Apricot Chia Energy Bars

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Chia seeds are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, antioxidants, and calcium.

Check out Cupcakes and Kale Chips recipe for these easy to make no-bake energy bars. Full of texture, a bit of sweet, mess-free and gluten-free. A healthy-chewy-crunchy snack with chia and pumpkin seeds for the entire family.

Size: serves 12-16

Ingredients:
1 cup Medjool dates, pitted
1 cup dried apricots
2 tbsp chia seeds
¼ tsp cinnamon
1 cup raw pumpkin seeds/pepitas
2 tbsp white chocolate chips (use vegan, if desired)

Directions:

Line a 8×8 or 9×9 square pan with wax or paper.

Place dates, apricots, chia seeds and cinnamon in a food processor, and process until the mixture forms a large mass.

Break up slightly with a spatula, add pepitas to the mixture in the food processor, and pulse until there are small chunks of pepitas.

Break up the mixture one more time, add white chocolate chips and pulse a few times to slightly break and distribute the chips.

Press the mixture into the prepared pan. You can cover the top with more paper and press an equal sized pan to roll the top with a glass to flatten completely.

Refrigerate for 30-45 minutes, then slice into bars or squares.

Read more about Chia Seed: “A Tiny Little Seed Packs a Punch.”

 


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Author: Emily Sarah Downs

Cuisine Coordinator, Tips From Town, Ridgewood, NJ

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