CHOCOLATE CHIP APRICOT BARS (MAKES 10 BARS)
◗ 200 gm almond butter
◗ 90 gm dried apricots, chopped
◗ 75 gm applesauce
◗ 60 gm brown sugar
◗ 50 gm almond powder
◗ 45 gm chocolate chips
◗ 30 ml milk
◗ 1½ tsp baking soda
◗ ¼ tsp cinnamon
◗ A pinch of salt
◗ Preheat your oven to 1800C. Line an 8-inch baking pan with parchment paper, and set aside.
◗ In a bowl, stir the almond butter with a whisk to loosen up the consistency. Add in the applesauce and stir to combine.
◗ In a separate bowl, combine baking soda, salt, flour, sugar, and half the chocolate chips. ◗ Mix with apple sauce mixture and whisk till gooey dough is formed.
If it is too dry, add one teaspoon milk. It should resemble cookie dough.
◗ Add ¾ of the apricots and fold in very gently. ◗ Pour the batter into a 9” tin lined with butter paper. Smoothen the top with the back of a spoon.
◗ Top with the remaining chocolate chips and apricots.
◗ Bake in a preheated oven at 1800C for 15 to 20 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean, when inserted.
◗ Leave to set as is at room temperature for two to three hours or overnight before de-moulding.