Super crunchy and chewy peanut and apricot energy bars. A delicious, grab and go, breakfast, or snack choice made with real ingredients which makes it a great alternative for store-bought energy bars!
I know the first thing I will grape for breakfast or before lunchtime if I was running out of time is an energy bar! and what’s better than an energy bar when you need something to keep you going through the day. I absolutely love energy bars, they are not only healthy but also tasty and filling. One energy bar can cover your caloric needs as they are predominantly made with nuts, and nuts are rich in healthy fats.
There is no doubt that making your own energy bars is more affordable and you don’t have to run to the store every time you need one to munch on. In addition to that, making your own means you are in total control of the ingredients, and aware of what’s getting inside your body. For this reason, these peanut and apricot energy bars are my ultimate go-to post-workout snack, after a draining workout in the gym, I will grab one and refuel my body with nutritious ingredients from fats to healthy carbs! and it tastes absolutely delicious!
What I absolutely adore about this recipe is the texture! it is super crunchy but also gooey and chewy at the same time! Using dried apricot puree is a good trick, not only for the ingredients to stick together, but also to give it that satisfying texture which middles between chewiness and crunchiness.
I made this recipe with Spanish peanuts because they are my favourite. You can also use regular peanuts or any other nuts depending on your preference. This recipe is also customizable, you can definitely be creative and add or substitute peanuts with your favorite nuts!
How can I store these peanut apricot energy bars?
You do not need to store them in a fridge. A dry place and a storage container will do just fine.
Are these peanut energy bars gluten-free?
For a gluten free option, please make sure you are using gluten free oats.
Are these energy bars vegan?
The recipe I made is not vegan, but you can definitely make it vegan by substituting the honey with maple syrup or any plant based sweetener.
How to cut peanut bars.
Cut with a sharp knife after it’s completely cooled. Gently cut into medium to large pieces to prevent any possible breakage or crumbling.
If you like this recipe, you may want to check the following recipes as well:
Peanut Apricot Energy Bars
- 450 grams (3 cups) of raw Spanish peanuts
- 95 grams (1 cup) of rolled oats
- 84 grams (1/2 cup) of flaxseeds
- 84 grams (1/2 cup) of sesame seeds
- 200 grams of dried apricots
- 3 tbsp of organic raw honey
- 1 tsp of cinnamon
- water for boiling
- Take a small handy pot, add dried apricot and pre boiled water. Boil for 15 minutes on high heat or until the apricots soften.
- While the apricots are boiling, Take your food processor and blend the peanuts for 4 seconds maximum (we don’t want to over-blend them, we need a chunky texture)
- After the dried apricots have softened, drain them from any excess water, add raw honey and blend them until you reach a puree consistency.
- In a mixing bowl, add processed peanuts, rolled oats, flaxseeds, sesame seeds, cinnamon, and apricot puree, mix until everything is well coated and combined.
- Pre-heat the oven to maximum degree. Bring a baking sheet and parchment paper and spread the mixture on it with gentle pressing on the pan. Make sure that the mixture is firmly pressed without having pieces on the sides, that way you’ll prevent breakage when cutting.
- Bake on medium heat for 15 minutes or until it gets golden and solid
- After baking, let it cool completely before cutting into desired size. Bon appétit!