Strawberry and Apricot Delights

finished 3 stack

A beautiful combination of strawberry and apricots, with chocolatey undertones from the cacao butter. A deliciously healthy twist on an old favourite – Apricot delights!

Commercial Apricot delights

Apricot delights are a personal favourite of mine. As a kid they were the healthy treat I got in my school lunchbox. I was allowed to eat as many of these as I liked, because after all they were good for me…they’re just apricots, aren’t they?

WRONG!

I was quite shocked when I bought a packet of apricot delights and found out that apricot delights aren’t just apricots after all.

Let’s have a look at what they’re actually made from.

Golden Days Apricot Delights

Apricots 50%, Sugar, Glucose Syrup (Derived from Corn), Vegetable Oil, Acidity Regulator: (330), Emulsifier (Soya Lecithin), Corn Starch, Natural Colour: (160b), Natural Flavour, Preservative: (220).

A lot of sugar and numbers in there. Not to mention the soy and vegetable oil!

Now, let’s take a look at my recipe for strawberry and apricot delights

Strawberry and apricot delights

Dried apricots, strawberries (fresh/dried), dessicated coconut, cacao butter.

Hmmm not to shabby!

Real fruit, no additives, preservatives or sugar. These apricot delights are yummy and just, well…..berry good for you!

Substitutions

Because I know sometimes we can’t always get the ingredients that we need, forget to buy some of the ingredients (ahem); or I’ve just found a few toothsome alternatives that you might like to try!

Can’t find dried strawberries?

Add another 1/2 cup of dessicated coconut

No cacao butter?

Again add an extra 1/2 cup of dessicated coconut.

Want to go a little nuts?

Add 1/2 of raw macadamias to the recipe. This tastes amazing but I wanted to keep the standard recipe allergy free.

diced straw apricot

Ingredients

Makes approximately 40 squares

  • 250g apricots
  • 250g fresh strawberries
  • 3/4 cup filtered water
  • 1/4 cup melted cacao butter (20g solid cacao)
  • 1 cup unsweetened desiccated coconut
  • 1/2 cup dried strawberries
  • 1/2 raw macadamias (activated is best), (optional)
  • Extra desiccated coconut for coating finished strawberry and apricot delights.

Instructions

  1. Roughly chop apricots and fresh strawberries.  Place in saucepan and add water.
  2. Bring to a boil and then simmer for approximately 10mins until the mixture forms a soft paste. Leave to cool.
  3. In a food processor, combine strawberry and apricot mixture with all other ingredient and blend until well combined.
  4. Line a baking dish (mine was approximately 23 by 18) with baking paper. Pour out mixture and spread evenly into baking dish. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight to set.
  5. Once set turn the mixture out onto a board and cut into squares. Dust with  extra desiccated coconut. Refrigerate.

This recipe was lovingly adapted from the Green Gourmet Giraffe http://gggiraffe.blogspot.com.au

2 thoughts on “Strawberry and Apricot Delights

  1. This is a really interesting take on a classic treat – love how you simmer the fresh fruit to add to it – makes all sorts of combinations possible – thanks for letting me know you had tried the recipe

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