Naturally dried apricots have a sweet caramel like taste to them, so much better than the sulfured apricots, which feel like they are destroying my teeth if I just take one bite! These are a great snack to take with you on the go and they keep their crunch. I have replaced any breakfast bars that I used to buy ready made with these.
- 250g of millet flakes
- 200g of naturally dried apricots
- 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
- 4 tablespoons of maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons of water
- 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon
- 1 vanilla pod or 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon of ginger
First you will need to separate the dried apricots half and half into 2 separate bowls. Take half and make sure each apricot has been cut in half. Place in a bowl with hot water to soak and then leave to one side. Take the other half of dried apricots and chop them into small peaces roughly the size of small raisins. Place these to one side, you do not need to soak them.
Leave the bowl of apricots to soak for about 30 minutes.
Pre-heat the oven to 160C fan. Drain the dried apricots that have been soaking and place in a food processor with the maple syrup, coconut oil and water. Wizz for about 30 seconds, so that the apricots have broken down. The add the millet flakes, vanilla, cinnamon and ginger and blend for another 30 seconds. Make sure to scrape down the sides of your food processor so that everything mixes well.
Empty the mixture into a large bowl, add the chopped apricots that you put to one side, and then mix everything together.
Spread out the mixture onto a baking tray, roughly about 30cm x 25cm and press everything flat with the back of a spoon. Place in the oven for 25 minutes and then turn your oven up to 180C and cook for another 10 minutes just to brown off the top and to give it a nice crunch.
Leave to cool for 30 minutes before cutting into bars/squares. Keep in an airtight container for up to 4 weeks. Enjoy!