Miss G. and I did a little messing about in the kitchen yesterday afternoon and came up with these gorgeous apricot coconut squares.
The flavours were definitely inspired by last weeks apricot coconut breakfast cookies. Grace enjoyed the breakfast cookies so much I just had to find another recipe to weave apricot and coconut into and these bars were just the place.
These little darlings are chock full of natural goodness and are a simple mix of bananas, oats, dates, natural peanut butter, maple syrup, vanilla bean paste and of course apricot and coconut. Pictured below are flaked almonds, however I decided to leave them out of the batter and replace instead with extra shredded coconut. Doing so created a much more friendly baby led weaning texture and these squares are suitable for bubs approximately 8 months and older. Younger bubs may find the dried apricot a little too challenging.
Thanks to the food processor the apricot and coconut studded batter comes together in just moments and can be baking away to golden perfection in less than 10 minutes. Grace really enjoyed making these bars and made sure she was in charge of measuring the ingredients, popping them into the processor and of course turning the processor on (her favourite thing to do in the kitchen). She also managed to flatten the dough into our prepared baking tin thanks to her pint sized rubber spatula.
Once the squares had baked to golden perfection and cooled we stirred together a little melted white chocolate with greek yoghurt and vanilla bean paste to create a luscious drizzle to adorn the cooled squares with.
Along with a few fresh strawberries these apricot coconut squares make the perfect baby led weaning morning or afternoon tea snack.
To make your own batch of apricot coconut squares simply…