Carob and hemp chewy bars

Bursting with energy and nutrients, these bars were the answer to my husband's recipe for Raw Apricot and Date Chewy Bars (see post 19.10.11), in a kind of "Bar Wars" :) I am on a quest to develop the ultimate yummy but healthy snack bar! They were a great addition to my lunchbox at work, though they drew some curiosity from colleagues. If you don't have a dehydrator, you could try a low oven- equivalent to145F or as near as you can get; it might take a long time, though. The following quantities made 8 bars:

100g semidried dates (called "fresh", but they come in a cardboard box)
100g sultanas
200g (including stones)whole  dried apricots (the small ones from Asian shops that look like Hunza apricots)
1 tab date syrup
1 tab carob powder (makes it quite strong- you may want a little less)
4 tabs hemp flour
4 heaped tabs desiccated coconut
200ml warm water

  • First, pre-prepare the dried fruit by soaking in the water and stoning the apricots when soft enough- keep the water.
  • Blend the soaked dried fruits with their water until you get a paste-like consistency.
  • Combine with the other ingredients 
  • Spread evenly onto a Paraflexx sheet and dehydrate at 145, turning onto the mesh tray and cutting as soon as they are dry enough. It takes around 10 hours, maybe a little more, but remember the thinner the bars the less time they will take. Remove from dehydrator when they are drier, firmer, and chewy.


  1. I am now your newest follower. I found you on Miriam's site. Wonderful blog!

  2. Thanks JJ hope you continue to enjoy the recipes, and let me know if there's anything in particular you'd like to see here :)


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