I’m not the biggest fans of snacks.
Probably because I spent so many years eating them exclusively throughout the day, thinking I was doing myself a (healthy) favor. Especially the granola bars. And just bars in general.
So now, as a actual meal lady (with actual vegetables and actual protein) instead, it’s a rare thing that I buy or make a lot of snacks for normal weekday eating.
However. You see that picture above?
That was 3 days ago, when I made these.
Scroll down for a second, will you? To the picture below.
Yup. That was them yesterday.
And I would say oops. But, I actually feel great about it.
Because, aside from the fact that these babies are grain free, gluten-free, dairy-free, no bake, will actually fill you up, and not spike your blood sugar, they also happen to be delicious.
Maybe even slightly addicting.
Cold, crispy, slightly salty and slightly sweet, a freezer stocked with these babies are all you might need this summer.
Vanilla Apricot Granola/Dessert Bars (grain free)
Inspired by PCC Trail Mix Bars
Notes: Of course, use any dried fruit and nut combo that you like (or already have in your pantry). The trick is 2 kinds of dried fruit, a few kinds of nuts and some sort of seed if you want the best texture.
2 cups cashews
1 cup walnuts
1 cup dried apricots
1 cup dried coconut flakes (large)
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup honey
2 teaspoons vanilla
Melt honey. Chop cashews, walnuts, pumpkin seeds and apricots (roughly or finely- it’s up to you). Add all ingredients to a mixing bowl and mix well.
Add mixture to a medium sized parchment lined square baking dish and press down evenly with the back of a spoon. Freeze for 1 hour, then remove to cut into bars. Store in the freezer until ready to eat.