Raw Apricot Hemp Seed Delight Bars

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Food is more than just satisfying hunger or cravings, it is even more than just nutrients… it can also feed the soul. So here’s a food for the soul by chef Amie Sue– Raw Apricot Hemp Seed Delight Bars!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups dried apricots, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup chopped dried prunes
  • 1 1/2 cups raw hemp seeds
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp Himalayan pink salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla seeds, scraped from vanilla pods (see below for subs)
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Prepare an 8×8″ pan. I used one with a removable bottom. I simply line the base with plastic wrap. This aids in removing the bars with grace and ease. If you don’t have a removable bottom, line the pan with plastic wrap.
  2. To soften the dried fruit (for mixing purposes), place the diced apricots and prunes in a bowl and cover with hot water. Once soft, drain and discard the water.
  3. In a food processor, fitted with the “S” blade, pulse together the hemp seeds, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and vanilla. This assures that the flavors are evenly dispersed.
  4. Add the drained apricots, prunes and lemon juice. Process until the batter starts to ball up as the blade goes around. Be careful that you don’t over-process.
  5. Press the batter into the 8×8″ pan. Spread evenly.
  6. Sprinkle 1/4 cup of hemp seeds on top and press down evenly with a spatula.
  7. Place into the fridge or freezer until solid.
  8. Remove and cut into squares. At this point you can enjoy right away or you can dehydrate them making them less sticky and “road worthy”. If you skip the dehydration process, store in the fridge or freezer. Dehydrate – place the brownie squares on the mesh sheet that comes with the dehydrator. Dry at 145 degrees (F) for 1 hour click (here) to read why, then reduce the heat to 115 degrees (F) and dry for at least 10 hours. Longer if desired.
  9. Store in an airtight container. Shelf life? About 1 month in the fridge and 3 months in the freezer.

Notes

 Vanilla substitutes:

  • 1 vanilla bean equal 1 tsp of pure ground vanilla
  • 1 vanilla bean equal 3 tsp extract
  • 1 vanilla bean equal 1/2 tsp vanilla Nectar
About Amie Sue

I am a certified raw food chef but my real training takes place daily in my home kitchen where I unleash my passion for preparing healthy dishes.  I personally believe that each person needs to discover how to feed their own body.  We don't live in a world were one diet fits all.  We are all so unique and individualized and our daily menus must cater to that if we want to live in optimal health.  I strongly believe that we need to add in fresh, whole foods into our day to day eating and in return this will automatically start to crowd out the not so ... optimal foods.  It is all a journey and that journey ought to be fun, exciting and filled with great tasting food!  Through my recipes I hope you find inspiration that will make your journey a positive and healthy one! Blessings, Amie Sue

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