A new riff on classic Lara Bars: 3-ingredient lemon apricot bars, made with coconut flour! They are nut-free and seed-free, as well as vegan, paleo, grain-free and gluten-free.
Long ago, in a galaxy far, far away, I wrote this post about how to make your own Lara Bars.
It now seems hard to comprehend, but at the time, no other such posts, on any other websites, existed. It led me on a path to making all sorts of other power bars, balls, and more, which led to this.
Lara Bars have been good to me.
DIY Larabars without Nuts or Seeds
I cannot wait for you to sink your teeth into these lovelies. They are bursting with the sunny flavor of apricot and lemon, complemented by the unmistakable flavor of toasted coconut.
What is Coconut Flour?
Coconut flour is what remains once coconut milk has been rendered from fresh coconut meat. The remaining coconut pulp is dried and pulverized into a flour.
Coconut flour is extremely low in fat but high in fiber. In other words, a great option for making a low-fat, reduced calorie, fiber-rich energy bar without adding anything weird (have you seen the ingredients on some commercial fiber bars? yuck…) and only 3 ingredients.
- Vegan (dairy-free, gluten-free)
- Only 3 ingredients
- Quick & easy to make
The exact amounts of each ingredient are indicated in the recipe card at the end of the post.
- Lemons (you will use both the zest and the juice)
- Dried apricots
- Coconut flour
I like to add a pinch of salt, too (to enhance the flavors), but it is optional.
Step By Step Instructions
Note that the complete directions are also in the recipe card below.
- Grease or spray 8 cups of a standard muffin tin.
- Finely grate 2 teaspoons zest from the lemons.
- Juice the lemons; measure out 1/4 cup (60 mL) juice (add some water, if needed, to make it 1/4 cup.
- In a food processor, process the apricots into a paste, stopping to scrape bowl as needed.
- Add the coconut flour (plain, or toasted; see note below), juice, zest and (optional) salt. Pulse until blended, stopping to scrape bowl as needed.
- Divide mixture into 8 equal portions, rolling each into a ball. Press balls into prepared cups, smoothing tops. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before removing from cups.
Optional Step: Toast the Coconut Flour
You can add the coconut flour straight from the package to make these bars. But if you have an extra four or five minutes, consider toasting the coconut flour. It is so worth the (very minimal) effort!
To toast the coconut flour, place the needed amount in a large skillet set over medium heat. Stir it around for about 4 to 5 minutes until it is pale golden brown and smells heavenly. That’s it!
A bonus to these bars? They are not sticky. Super-absorbent coconut flour takes care of that.
May your day be as golden and glorious as these easy-peasy power bars!
How Should I Store The Bars?
Can I Swap the Dried Apricots for Other Dried Fruits?
Yes! An equal amount of any other moist, dried fruit can be used in place of the apricots. For example, raisins, cranberries, cherries, blueberries, or dates.
Can I Use Other Juices in Place of Lemon?
Yes! Other citrus fruits, such as lime or orange, can be used in place of the lemons. You can also use pre-made juices in place of the lemon juice.
My Dried Apricots Are Not Moist. What Should I Do?
You can soak the apricots in very hot water for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the are soft. Drain the apricots and pat them dry before using in the recipe.