These Apricot Tea Squares are simple to make, use wholesome ingredients and get this - contain NO SUGAR or sugar substitutes! The apricots and natural sweetness of coconut is all you need. That, my friends, is a winner in my book.
The other great thing about these squares is the easy preparation. Everything comes together in minutes with your food processor then you simply press the dough into a prepared pan.
Ok, so sure, they come together easily, they are sugar-free, but do they taste good? Ask my son who refuses to eat apricots or coconut but devoured 2 of these squares while still warm. As these also support my own personal clean-eating plan I had to indulge too. Yum! They have a great chewy consistency, are not overly sweet and the flavors of both the apricot and the coconut come through in leaps and bounds. I especially love their crunchy, golden edges. These would be fantastic topped with some cream cheese too. Lastly, they are perfect any time of day, especially mid-afternoon with a lovely cuppa Earl Grey but would even be a super breakfast treat.
If you like baking with almond flour and enjoy the benefits of a Gluten-Free diet, then this cookbook is for you:
It is food-processor time! Let's get to it.
*slightly adapted source recipe: Apricot Tea Squares, The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook
WHAT YOU NEED
1 cup dried apricots ( you want the fat, plump ones - leave out the harder ones)
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
2 cups blanched almond flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 large egg
1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste or extract
PREHEAT oven to 350F
SPRAY a 8" square pan with cooking spray
LINE the bottom of the pan with parchment paper
IN FOOD PROCESSOR, pulse together apricots and coconut until you have a crumbly texture with no large bits of apricot remaining
ADD in all remaining ingredients and pulse until combined
PRESS batter into prepared pan
BAKE for 20 minutes or until edges are golden brown
REMOVE pan from oven and place on cooling rack
LET cool 1/2 hr before slicing into bars