Trail Mix Energy Bars
By Judita Wignall
Author of Raw & Simple Detox
Makes 12 servings
Soak time: 30 minutes
Prep time: 20 minutes
Drying time: 12 hours
Kids love these sticky, chunky bars. Great for athletes or for when you’re on the go.
2/3 cup (87 g) dried apricots, soaked 30 minutes
3/4 (109 g) cup Medjool dates
2 tablespoons (40 g) thick raw honey
1 tablespoon (15 ml) vanilla extract
1 1/4 cup (181 g) almonds, soaked 8-12 hours and dehydrated
3/4 cup (60 g) shredded coconut
3/4 cup (60 g) rolled oats
3/4 cup (90 g) dried cranberries
1/3 cup (47 g) pumpkin seeds, soaked 4-6 hours and dehydrated
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
Place apricots, dates, honey , and vanilla in a food processor and blend until it becomes a paste. Use a spatula to scrape down sides as needed.
Add the almonds, coconut, oats, cranberries, pumpkin seeds, and salt and pulse several times until incorporated. Depending on the size of your food processor, you might have to do this in two batches. Don’t over process. It’s nice to see large pieces of fruit and nuts.
Press the mixture firmly into an 8 x 8 baking pan lined with parchment paper.
Put pan in dehydrator and dry at 110 degrees for 6 hours.
Flip onto a mesh dehydrator tray and dry for another 6 hours.
Cut into desired size pieces.