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Recipes » Snacks » Oat & Apricot Bars
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Reprinted from The China Study Family Cookbook (BenBella Books, 2017).

Ingredients

  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 ½ cups chopped pitted dates
  • ¾ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ¾ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 ½ cups dried unsulfured apricots
  • 1 cup water, or more as needed
  • 1 ½ tsp pure vanilla extract (optional)
  • ¼ tsp sea salt (optional)
  • Grated zest of ½ orange

Instructions

  • 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • 2. Combine the oats, dates, applesauce, vanilla (if using), cinnamon, and sea salt (if using) in a food processor, and process until the mixture forms a cohesive ball.
  • 3. Remove the dough from the processor and press two-thirds of it into the bottom of a nonstick 9-inch square baking pan.
  • 4. Bake for 10 minutes, then set aside to cool for 10 minutes.
  • 5. Meanwhile, combine the apricots, water, and orange zest in a small saucepan, and cook over medium-low heat until most of the water has evaporated and the apricots are tender, about 15 minutes.
  • 6. Transfer the apricots and any remaining water to the food processor and puree until smooth and creamy, about 3 to 4 minutes.
  • 7. Spread the apricot puree over the cooled crust.
  • 8. Crumble the remaining dough over the apricot puree and bake for another 10 minutes. Let cool to room temperature before cutting into 9 bars. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Cooking Tips

  • 1. You can replace the apricots with dates for a different flavor. Add 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon and use 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract instead of the orange zest.

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