I used to love Cherry Ripe bars when I was little. These bars reminded me a bit of them, except of course that I used dried apricots and they are reasonably healthy!
These are so simple to make and we found them to be a great snack on the run. Sylvia absolutely loved these bars - partly I think because I called it "chocolate slice" and she loves anything chocolate. Whatever works! She's pretty picky with her food these days, so I was happy that she liked something containing dried apricots.
Apricot Ripe Slice (adapted from Green Gourmet Giraffe's Apricot Delight)
250g dried apricots, chopped (I used organic)
3/4 cup boiling water
2-3 tbsp rice malt syrup (you can buy it at Coles)
1 1/2 cups dessicated coconut
1 cup vegan chocolate chips, melted
Place half the apricots, the boiling water and brown rice syrup in a small saucepan. Soak for about an hour. Bring to the boil and gently simmer uncovered for about 10 minutes.
Puree apricots in a blender and add the rest of the apricots and the coconut. Spread into a lined square cake tin.
Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave or on the stove and spread over the top of the apricot mixture.
Put in the fridge or freezer until set and cut into bars.
We kept these in the fridge, but they only lasted a day or so!