Apricot & Cashew Energy Bars


Got some extra time this beautiful Sunday afternoon?

Why not make some healthy homemade energy bars?

These delicious bars are filled with wonderful healthy ingredients including apricots, cashews, hemp seed, unsweetened coconut, and oats; a great snack to send the kids to school with or take to work. Most packaged granola bars or snack bars are stuffed with artificial flavors, colors, added sugars, so these are a great alternative, and super easy to make!



Justin (the hubby) and I are in the midst of chaos trying to focus on work and get ready for our Europe trip which we leave on in a week from tomorrow! Eeeeek excitement!!

Both of us have been very busy with work so these energy bars are exactly what we need!

They are easy as…











4.8 from 9 reviews
Apricot & Cashew Energy Bars
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Serves: 8
  • 1 cup dried Turkish apricots
  • ½ cup raw cashews
  • ¾ cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • ⅓ cup rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons agave syrup
  • 1 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tablespoons hemp seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  1. Line and 8 inch baking pan with parchment paper or saran wrap, and set aside.
  2. Pulse cashews in food processor until crumbly, place in a separate bowl.
  3. Pulse apricots in food processor until finely chopped. Add all other ingredients to the apricot mixture and process until well combined.
  4. Add the chopped cashews to the mixture and pulse until combined.
  5. Firmly press the apricot mixture into the baking pan, using the flat surface of a measuring cup to create a flat even layer.
  6. Place pan in the freezer for one hour, then remove and cut into 8 rectangle bars (or more or less, depending on desired size).
  7. Place in an airtight container and store for up to one month in the fridge.
  8. Enjoy!

*Adapted from a great blog – Shutterbean 


Nutritionist in the Kitch


  1. Chris says

    They look very tasty, I would like to try this recipe.

    Would it be possible to get the measurements in grams? I don’t really want to much leftovers from the ingredients and it’s hard to estimate how much I would need to buy with the measurements in cups.

    • Christal says

      Hi Chris, I don’t have the measurements in grams, sorry! Use a regular sized coffee mug as your “cup” and it should work out fine! :)

      • Chris says

        Thanks for the answer, but that’s not really helpful. Since I only want to try it out at first, I only want to make a small batch. Unfortunately I don’t use any ingredients usually and I would have to buy all of them. I’m not sure if I would use the ingredients afterwards and I don’t like to waste them.
        So weight measurements would help figuring out how much I would have to buy with as little excess as possible.

        Another question regarding the recipe. If I want to substitute the apricots with a different dried fruit, are there any factors that would prevent a fruit from being used?

        • Christal says

          Hi Chris, I’d have to make the recipe again and measure it out myself to know the exact grams amount so I’ve googled some numbers and it would approximately be – 30g oats, 85g cashews, 190g apricots, 70g shredded coconut.

          You could substitute other dried fruit like dried peaches, pears, or dates would work well. :)

  2. Erin says

    Could I substitute cranberries for the apricots? This is my first time trying any homemade bars, I’m hoping to find a great recipe that is delicious and healthy for myself and my 3 girl’s… and they really love cranberries.

    • Christal says

      Hi Erin! I wouldn’t completely substitute cranberries but you could add some into the mix! Add in 1/4 cup of cranberries to the recipe and they should turn out great!

  3. lynne says

    Think i’ve converted the cup measures into grams incorrectly. My mixture is too small for an 8inch pan. Why do the measurements have to be in cups??? Are these US or UK cups?

    • Christal says

      Hi Lynne, it would be US cup sizes. That is the measurements that Deryn chose to use as it’s more common here in Canada to use cups for measurements.

  4. Katie says

    Turned out good. But I wouldn’t make again. I don’t like a bar mainly made up of apricots (regardless that I love apricots).

  5. Sachin says

    This looks scrumptious. I’m going to give it a try today.
    Although I dont have access to Rolled Oats. We do use Steel Cut Oats — Can i use the Steel Cut oats instead — or i could boil them a bit to make them softer?
    Also, did anyone try to add any additional natural ingredients to “increase” the “Protein” in these bars? I’d love to have them as a post workout snack if they had more protein.

    • Christal says

      Hi Sachin! I think you might have trouble with steel cut oats as they won’t blend in as easily. What you could do is blend up the oats first to create more like an oat flour, then use that with the rest of the ingredients! You could easily add in a scoop of protein powder if you wanted!

    • Kathy says

      I added 2 scoops pea protein 1/2orange fresh squeezed juice and 4-5 tablespoons water. You sort have to eyeball it to get the consistency. I’ve made this subbing dates and almonds. It’s now my go to bar recipe. I love it!

  6. Jim Hannoonen says

    Just made these over the weekend and they are delicious! I wasn’t able to find hemp seeds, so I used Chia seeds instead. Also used honey rather than agave syrup.

    Although they’re a bit on the crumbly side, these will be a staple in our house from now on.


    • Christal says

      Hey Jim! Thanks for the feedback! :) Next time try using a little almond milk or even water (about 1-2 tablespoons) in the mix and that should help them stick better!

  7. Monika says

    Christal, while I love the taste of these as is, I do find that my stomach is not a fan of the rolled oats. Can I substitute protein powder for the rolled oats, or something else?

    • Christal says

      Hi Monika! You could substitute half protein powder for half the oats! Or sub the oats for kamut flakes, or maybe spelt flakes?

    • Jess says

      These are a huge hit in our house but…what am I doing wrong!!!! I have tried a blendtec and a kitchenaid food processor and it just get all sticky and wont blend?? Any suggestions?

      • Christal says

        Hi Jess, do you try making the mixture in smaller batches? It might just be too much for your processor all at once!

  8. Monika says

    Just made these, and they are soooo good! Moist, sweet (but not overly), and just plain delicious. Can’t believe they are healthy too as they taste so good. Usually anything “healthy” does not taste so great, and you feel deprived. I didn’t have Hemp seeds, but I did have some Holy Crap cereal mix (which has hemp seeds in it, among other seeds), so I used that instead. Turned out great, and another healthy alternative to just hemp seeds, if someone already has this cereal in their pantry. This is a definite keeper, In addition to the Almond Joy bars (my husband can’t get enough of these!). Thanks for sharing these great healthy homemade energy bars!

  9. Holly Moss says

    Just wondering how many calories are in each slice? Protein and fat amounts as well if possible. Sorry to be a pain! Taste absolutely wonderful though!

  10. Laura m says

    Just made these and so yummy and easy, such a healthy but delicious treat, I cants wait to try the chocolate, date and cashew ones next week, thank you for this recipe!

  11. Aleksandra says

    I made these bars. They are very tasty. The problem is not as compact mass. Decompose.
    What can I do to be compact, as shown? Thank you.

    • Christal says

      You just need to firmly press the mixture into a pan, or add a little water while the ingredients are in the food processor to make the “batter” sticky!

      • Aleksandra says

        Thank you for fast reply. For a better sticky is it better that the ingredients are milled larger or smaller? Do you need to bake it in the oven?

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  13. Nikki says

    What a great combination of ingredients– I had to modify a bit based on what I had (honey instead of agave and no hemp seeds)– but these turned out FANTASTIC, and even my toddler who helped me make them thought so! Thanks! And, BTW, love your blog!

  14. Deb says

    I bought a food processor today. The first thing I did when I got home was to make two batches of these protein bars! I made one with cashews and another with pumpkin seeds as suggested by Wendy. I work at a school so the nut free version will be for school days. I sampled a little sliver of each version. They don’t taste much different and both are delicious! Looking forward to my afternoon pre-workout snack tomorrow :)

    • Christal says

      Yes, congrats on the buy – you are going to LOVE it – my food processor is one of my favorite kitchen essentials! The pumpkin seeds are a great idea for nut-free! A perfect pre-workout snack!

  15. D'Layne says

    For some reason I bought a huge bag of apricots from costco awhile back and I was starting to wonder how I would ever finish them. Sooo I made these last night and they are very good! I subbed half the agave with coconut sugar and added some cinnamon. They smelled so delicious it was hard to wait for them to freeze! Thanks for the recipe :)

  16. Wendy says

    These are AMAZING! I switched out the cashews for pumpkin seeds and the hemp for sunflower seeds (didn’t have any hemp seeds) and they became ‘nut free’ and perfect for school lunches. (Oh shoot–are coconuts ok??) This idea of using dried fruit as a sweetener for baked (and non-baked) goods is really cool. I’ve been using dates whizzed in the blender with the ‘wet’ ingredients for muffins and it works beautifully.

  17. says

    wow, nice that they only have 3 tbsp fat/sweetener. I’m surprised they stick together that well! look so fantastic… i am literally making every single item on your blog as soon as i off this DIET!!! lol

    beautiful recipe sweetness :-)
    the pictures are awesome and looks delicious!


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