No bake apricot chia bars make a simple and healthy snack that can be made in minutes! These vegan energy bars are nut free, packed full of healthy ingredients and free from refined sugars, perfect for both kids and adults. Store them in the freezer for convenient school lunchboxes and healthy snacking, any time!
It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of simple and healthy no-bake snacks like bliss balls and energy bars. Because any healthy snack bar recipes that are freezer friendly and can be put together in minutes are not only convenient on busy mornings, they also save so much time and effort in the kitchen! And I am big on saving time in the kitchen, wherever possible!
Adapted from my apricot coconut bliss balls, these healthy homemade energy bars are packed full of apricot flavour and are naturally sweetened with fruit and a little brown rice syrup. The added chia offers protein, fiber, antioxidants and Omega-3 fatty acids, making them a great snack to keep tummies full and concentration levels up.
If you are looking for a healthy treat and convenient travel snack, give these chia energy bars a try! I think you’re going to love them.
How to make apricot chia bars
These raw energy bars are full of healthy, easy to find ingredients;
- Dried apricots. Regular dried apricots can be used. But for additive free snacks, dried apricots (and coconut) free from sulphur dioxide can be sourced from health food stores and some supermarkets.
- Medjool dates. Medjool dates are a rich, plump dried date enjoyed for their natural sweetness. Because they are larger and juicier than regular dried dates, they help the bars hold together. They can be found in most supermarkets and health stores.
- Chia seeds.
- Sunflower seeds.
- Shredded coconut.
- Brown rice syrup. 1 tablespoon of brown rice syrup is used for sweetness and to help bind the ingredients together. Brown rice syrup can be replaced with maple syrup or any preferred sweetener of choice.
The best thing about these no-bake snack bars is that all of the ingredients are thrown into a food processor to be made in minutes! No mess, minimal dishes!
To make these healthy bars, simply;
- Place all of the ingredients into a food processor and blend at high speed until all of the ingredients have broken down. This may take a couple of minutes.
- Firmly press the mixture into a lined baking tray and refrigerate until firm.
- Cut the mixture into bars of desired size and enjoy!
This recipe makes 10-12 bars. Want more? Multiply the ingredients for bulk school lunch snacks!
How to store chia bars
Store these healthy bars in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 10 days, or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Wrap individual bars in paper or separate with baking paper to prevent sticking.
To thaw, simply let them sit at room temperature for ten minutes. Place them straight from the freezer into lunchboxes and they will thaw by snack time!
Other chia recipes and healthy snack bar recipes that you will love;
- Healthy raw cookies
- Chocolate chia pudding
- Healthy banana bread
- Vanilla bean chia pudding
- Healthy raspberry chia jam
- Chocolate coconut slice
- Healthy homemade muesli bars
Or check out the recipes in my Healthy Freezer Friendly School Snacks e-book!
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Apricot Chia Bars
- 10 medjool dates pitted
- 1 cup dried apricots
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/3 cup chia seeds
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut
- 1 tbsp brown rice syrup or other sweetener of choice
- extra coconut for coating
- Place all of the ingredients together in a food processor.
- Blend on high speed until all of the ingredients are mostly blended and come together. This may take a couple of minutes. You may need to scrape the sides to completely combine all of the ingredients.
- Press the mixture into a lined 20cm slice tin or dish.
- Place into the fridge or freezer to set before slicing into individual bars. These apricot and chia energy bars can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 10 days, or frozen for up to three months.