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Turkish Apricot Lemon Bars

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These bars are a mouthful of complex flavors.  Is that date I taste? Lemon, wait no, apricot?  Whenever I make raw treats I take them down to the coffee shop and have everyone test them  to see how the crowd responds.  These got all thumbs up and comments such as, “These are the money!”   They remind me of Fall time with the warm tasting apricot.  Please let me know if you try making them!

Ingredients: (double the ingredient quantities if you want to make both a top and bottom layer)

Crust:

  • 1 cup of raw almonds, soaked
  • 1 1/2 cup Majool dates
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup of shredded coconut, unsweetened
  • 2 Tbsp  fresh lemon juice
  • Zest of one lemon

Apricot jam:

  • 1 cup Turkish apricots (diced)
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, organic

Preparation:

Crust:

  1. Place the almonds in the food processor and blend to a meal consistency. Don’t over process, creating a butter.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and blend well.  Be careful to not over process though.  This will cause the oil in the almonds to come out too much.
  3. I usually make a double batch.  One batch for the top layer and a second batch for the lower layer.  Don’t try making both batches at the same time, it’s to much for your food processor.
  4. Firmly press the bottom layer in a rectangle spring form pans or use a rectangle shaped cambro.  Set aside as you prepare the jam.

Jam:

  1. Combine both ingredients in your food processor and blend well.
  2. This makes a wonderful jam for crackers and breads as well.


Assembly:

  1. Spread jam mixture on top of the bottom layer of the bars.  Then place the remaining batter on top of the jam.
  2. Press firmly, cover and place in fridge to chill.
  3. I like to slice the bars and wrap each one in cling wrap for the ease of “grab-in-go”.

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12 thoughts on “Turkish Apricot Lemon Bars

  1. Monika says:

    This was such an amazing tasting recipe! I served it to my family when they came over and they couldn’t stop talking about it. SOooo went ahead and made another one to serve to them the next day, and tasted even better since I left it over night in the fridge. I made some adjustments since I didn’t have all the ingredients at the time, but came out great. Thank you for your creativity and talent, and God Bless :)

    • amie-sue says:

      Monika… (love your name BTW) Thank you so much for sharing that with me. That is awesome!! Yes, I find that raw recipes tend to taste better the next day as well. It gives the ingredients time to meld to together! I really appreciate you. Have a blessed day, amie sue

  2. kym says:

    Hi Amie Sue, I love all your receipes and have made many of them. These are mine and my daughter’s favourite bars. Love them. Have a lovely day and thank you for making my transition to raw food much easier.

    • amie-sue says:

      Thank you Kym… I love the richness of these bars. So thrilled to hear that you like them! Thank you for sharing that with me. :)

  3. mari says:

    O my my husband loves the bar and I must keep the recipe and make more. Thanks you made my day.

    • amie-sue says:

      That is wonderful Mari. Isn’t is such a blessing to make some yummy and healthy foods for our loved ones?! Many blessings, amie sue

  4. Gayle says:

    I am anxious to try these. I have been buying bars for my husband and daughter’s lunches but wanted to do something healthier plus found that even in these “healthier” bars they had msg. :( After reading the comments and the recipe, this will be coming soon. Thanks so much!

    • amie-sue says:

      It is sad Gayle when I read the ingredients to so called “healthy foods”… nothing beats homemade where we can control the quality of ingredients and the amount of love that goes into them. hehe I hope your family enjoys these. Keep me posted. Many blessings, amie sue

      • Gayle says:

        I made these bars for potluck tonight. Fantastic and everyone loved them. The store was out of organic strawberries so I used raspberries instead.

        • amie-sue says:

          Perfect! Great job on using what ingredients you could get your hands on. :) So happy that they were well received. Blessings my friend, amie sue

  5. Craig says:

    Hello :) Love your website btw!

    I was just wondering what I could substitute the fresh strawberries with as it’s Autumn here and none to be found :(. Would love to try this!

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