One of our family’s traditional Christmas time cookies is apricot macaroon bars. It may seem weird, but I don’t know: I guess we’re just not that traditional type of family. This year I have been in search of revamping my traditional recipes into paleo recipes. So far, the ones I’ve made have been pretty good. I really loved these. I think they captured the original recipe pretty well. I mean, coconut, apricots, almond: where can you go wrong? Plus, they’re pretty good on the protein and fiber and low on the carbs. Okay, I’m in. Here’s the recipe:
Paleo Apricot Macaroon Bars
Ingredients for Crust:
½ Cup Coconut Oil
¼ Cup Ghee
¾ Cup Granulated Sweetener (I use Swerve)
¼ Tsp. Almond Extract
1 Cup Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
¾ Cup Almond Flour
½ Cup Coconut Flour
¼ Cup Tapioca Flour
½ Tsp. Salt
Ingredients for Topping:
1 Cup Chopped Dried Apricots
½ Cup Chopped Dried Cherries
1 Cup Water
2 Tbsp. Swerve
¼ Tsp. Almond Extract
¾ Cup Toasted Unsweetened Coconut Flakes
Preheat the oven to 350⁰. Oil a 9×13 pan well (I prefer to use a glass pan because it bakes more evenly and without burning on the bottom).
In a medium mixing bowl, combine the coconut oil, ghee, and sweetener. Beat until slightly fluffy. Add in the eggs and almond extract and beat until light yellow. In a small mixing bowl, combine the shredded coconut, flours, and salt. Beat into the egg mixture and beat for about a minute until all ingredients are thoroughly mixed. Let sit for a couple of minutes.
Scrape mixture into prepared pan and flatten out (to flatten out mixture, slightly wet your fingers and press mixture into pan, or you can use an oiled piece of plastic wrap and press down). Bake in preheated oven for 35 minutes, until slightly browned.
Meanwhile, prepare topping: in medium saucepan on high heat, combine apricots, cherries, and water. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium low, cover and let simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in sweetener and extract and keep warm until crust is done.
When crust is done, pour fruit mixture over hot crust and sprinkle with toasted coconut flakes. Allow to cool before slicing and enjoying.
Hope you enjoy them. Blessings….