Inspired by Finsmom at Latest Addictions, I went out and to see if I could buy hemp seed, not expecting to find it in our little city. However, I was proven wrong because in our downtown health food store, it was there ~ $10.00 for a little bag. I hemmed and hawed over the purchase and finally just went with it.
I knew how I wanted to use the hemp seed as I had found these Apricot Power Bars a while back and had dismissed them; they were just a little too earthy crunchy for this sugar and carb girl. Little did I know I would be revisiting them, preparing them, and liking them a lot!
I wouldn't say these bars have a big flavor; I think the recipe, for my taste, needs more cinnamon. However, that hasn't stopped me from snitching off pieces as I walk by them. The bars are chewy, nutty, and not too sweet. They are quite satisfying, and surprise, they are filling. They probably won't replace my favorite cookies, but I am very happy to be able to balance my sweets with a treat that has some true food value.
Apricot Power Bars
1 cup dried apricots
1 cup pecans (I used 1/2 cup pecans and 1/2 cup hemp seed)
1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 cup honey
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup rolled oats
2/3 cup flour (I used 1/3 cup all purpose white flour and 1/3 cup organic whole wheat)
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
apricot nectar (or apple juice)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
Chop apricots and nuts. Add remaining ingredients except the apricot nectar. Stir to combine and then add enough juice (2 to 4 tablespoons) to form thick batter.
Press firmly into an 8x8-inch square greased pan. Bake 30 minutes or until firm.
Cut into 12 bars and let cool in the pan. Prepared bars can be stored in the refrigerator for 2 weeks or in the freezer for up to 3 months.I may as well confide to you. While I was out buying hemp seed, I also bought an herbal face cream, guaranteed to plump out even my deepest wrinkles. I figure if I'm eating healthier for my insides, I may as well go for that youthful glowing skin for my outside. Ole Sweetie-Pi is still laughing.