I have this thing that I do pretty much on a nightly basis, after dinner no matter how full I am I have to have a treat, it’s the fat kid in me.
That being said a very wise friend of mine once explained that dessert has a completely separate compartment in your stomach so there will always be room, what can I say… I surround myself with some pretty intelligent people, AD you are top notch in my books.
Most of the time this “treat” consists of chocolate in some form or another but lately I have been on an apricot kick.
I’m like one of those old ladies that carries mints around in her purse only my mints are organic dried apricots and lately I find I never leave home without them.
So this new found obsession got me to thinking… What else can I throw these bad boys in…
The one thing that I have always wanted to master is the granola bar.
Always use to make me kind of mad that on more than one occasion I would be out and about and all of a sudden would be very hangry (for those of you that have never experienced this, it is a combination of being so hungry that anger quickly ensues) and of course gluten free treats aren’t exactly waiting to be consumed on every street corner.
You know the pickings are slim when you’re willing to drive at least 25 minutes to get a single cookie, and yes I have done this on more then one occasion, and no I don’t buy in bulk because I deserve a fresh cookie every now and again. Plus my freezer is starting to look like i’m preparing for an apocalypse.
So what better way to keep hangry at bay then the good ol’ granola bar in the purse.
1 ½ cups of quinoa flakes
¼ cup ground flaxseeds
1 tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. ginger
¼ tsp. nutmeg
¼ tsp. pink Himalayan salt
¼ cup coconut oil
¼ cup honey
¾ cup chopped apricots
½ cup walnuts
Credit must be given where credit is due, this recipe is a variation from one of my favorite cookbooks
It’s All Good by: Gwenyth Paltrow, seriously is there anything this woman can’t do…
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl mix up your quinoa flakes, ground flax, spices and chopped up walnuts (I just quickly pulsed mine in my food processor for a second or two)
Next chop up your apricots and add them to the bowl (I also attempted to whiz these guys up in my food processor, but my food processor is older then I am so instead of chopping them it just took them for a ride. One last spin around the bowl before their chopped fate.
Then melt the coconut oil with the honey and mix all together.
In a square brownie dish lined with parchment pack your soon to be granola bars down into the dish and then into the oven for about 25 to 30 minutes. You want them to be slightly firm and a golden brown on top. I transferred mine right out of the dish and straight into the freezer so they would be easier to cut. Just heat up a knife with some hot water and slice.
All in the name of trying to get that perfect picture.
So get out your purses people and fill them FULL of granola bars, all the cool kids are doing it…