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Apricot & Grapefruit Toffee

As you read this we’ll be on a plane to Copenhagen. We are spending the weekend there with a whole bunch of family. Luise is showing us around. She has lived almost four years in Sweden now, but loves to go back and visit her old hometown. We are also meeting up with one of our favorite bloggers, Sarah B of My New Roots. Yay!

Before we left I prepared these treats. I actually started making them without knowing what I would end up with. My only plan was to pair apricots with grapefruit. And to make something very uncomplicated. Maximum four ingredients. I kind of expected that I would end up with raw apricot bars. But after blending the ingredients together, the consistency felt a bit too loose so I decided to bake them. A while in the oven was exactly what was needed. Out came these golden sticky bite-sized toffee bars. I chose to make them small since I think normal size bars can be a bit too heavy sometimes. These are the perfect size.

The flavors came out exactly as I hoped. Naturally sweet, flavorful and with just a hint of tartness. Pack them as a snack or for a children’s birthday party. I can also imagine that this recipe (minus the baking) would be perfect as a raw cake topping or filling.

Before we leave you with these indulgent snacks, we just want to say THANK YOU to all of you who have downloaded our app Green Kitchen. We are so grateful and overwhelmed by your support and kind notes. The Australian newspaper Sydney Morning Herald has recently included Green Kitchen in their list of the 25 best iPad apps. Apple has featured it on their New & Noteworthy sections worldwide. And right now it is App of the Week in the Scandinavian App Stores. We have already sent an update to Apple with 6 more recipes and we also corrected some sloppy spelling mistakes (sorry about that!). We expect them to approve it any day now. So more recipes are on there way.

We will be back next week with some photos from a (hopefully) sunny Copenhagen.

Apricot & Grapefruit Toffee
Makes around 40 bite-sized bars or 12 larger

You can of course swap the almonds for other nuts and the grapefruit juice for any other citrus juice. If you have a very powerful blender or very soft apricots, you don’t have to soak them.

1 1/2 cup (250 g) dried apricots
1 cup grapefruit juice (approx. 1 grapefruit)
1/2 cup (100 g) roasted almonds
2 tbsp dried shredded coconut (unsweetened)

1. Start by soaking the apricots in 1 cup grapefruit juice for 3 hours.
2. Roast the almonds on 300F (150°C) for 7-8 minutes. Remove from the oven (leave the heat on), and add them to a blender or food processor. Pulse for 20 seconds, until the almonds have turned into a coarse flour. Pour it in a cup and set aside.
3. Add the grapefruit soaked apricots to the blender, together with half of the remaining juice. Pulse until everything has turned into a sticky mess. If the apricots won’t blend, try adding some more of the remaining juice.
4. Add the almonds and the shredded coconut to the blender and pulse until everything is combined into a sticky mixture.
5. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the mixture out on it. Use a spatula to form the mixture into a rectangle, around 1/2 inch (1 1/2 cm) high.
6. Bake on 300F (150°C) for 20 mins. Remove from the heat, cut them into preferred size and put them back into the oven for 7-8 minutes more. Keep an eye on them so they don’t burn.
7. When warm they will still be a bit loose. But if you wait until they cool off they will become firmer.
8. Wrap them in wrapping paper and store in an airtight container in the fridge. Eat them within a week.

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45 Comments

  1. Posted 16 Mar ’12 at 18:52 | #

    Oh yum! Davids bästa Lördagsgodis <3

    • Posted 17 Mar ’12 at 23:09 | #

      Mmm precis, mitt bästa lördagsgodis. Men jag tror de funkar även som söndagsgodis…
      /D

  2. Posted 16 Mar ’12 at 19:02 | #

    GORG!!

  3. Posted 16 Mar ’12 at 19:44 | #

    This sounds fantastic, Such an interesting recipe. I am going grocery shopping tomorrow and i will be picking up these ingredients. Thank you!

    • Posted 17 Mar ’12 at 23:08 | #

      Hi Celia, I’m glad to hear that you are trying them out. Hope you will enjoy them!
      /David

  4. emily
    Posted 16 Mar ’12 at 20:29 | #

    They look absolutely phenomenal. Lovely lovely photos and such a perfect Friday treat.

  5. Posted 16 Mar ’12 at 22:08 | #

    I never would have thought to pair grapefruit with this blend, but I’m so interested to try! I just downloaded your app last week and have been savoring the gorgeous photos. Great job!

  6. Posted 16 Mar ’12 at 22:34 | #

    Absolutely lovely and perfect for spring time.

  7. claudia
    Posted 16 Mar ’12 at 23:22 | #

    Hi,Luise!
    I´m so glad I found your blog, love all your recipes and photos.Became a vegetarian about a year ago and I´m always searching for healthy vegetarian recipes. Yours are just amazing and delicious. Congrats on this beautiful and world known blog.

    Outstanding :))))

  8. Posted 16 Mar ’12 at 23:48 | #

    Never ceases to amaze me the creative recipes that pop up through GKS. What a perfect treat!

  9. Gracia
    Posted 17 Mar ’12 at 00:13 | #

    The pictures you took for this entry are absolutely stunning, I had to spend a good while just looking at them before actually reading the recipe! I don’t know where did you learn composition or anything, but your photos are always successful.
    I will surely try this recipe, looks (and sounds) delicious!

  10. karen
    Posted 17 Mar ’12 at 01:42 | #

    Love grapefuit….Since I dont eat pototo chips I needed a substitute. I slice sweet potatoes paper thin and marinate with grapefuit cubed. Sweet and sour….Enjoy :)

  11. Lonneke
    Posted 17 Mar ’12 at 09:12 | #

    Wauw, a great look and feel these cute toffees!
    Beside the content of the site i also like the lay out of the site a lot. Just the thing i am looking for, to start up my ‘favorite places’ blog. Is it a common grit or did you build it from scretch?
    Looking forward to your respons!

    • Posted 17 Mar ’12 at 23:16 | #

      Hi Lonneke, thank you for your comment. No, we haven’t built our site from scratch. We use a WordPress template called Autofocus, which we have tweaked a little here and there.
      /David

  12. Posted 17 Mar ’12 at 13:31 | #

    I have all these items resting quietly in my fridge at the moment. I’m a sucker for grapefruit this time of year. And with its season quickly drawing to a close I should probably get on the grapefruit toffee train asap. ;)

  13. Posted 17 Mar ’12 at 19:15 | #

    Fabulous looking recipe and photos. I don’t eat sugar so I’ve really missed the chewyness of toffee. Will definitely be trying these sometime.

  14. Posted 18 Mar ’12 at 01:18 | #

    What a great spring-like combination of flavors in these baby bars!

  15. Posted 18 Mar ’12 at 18:46 | #

    mhhhh,Yummie…looks really good.

  16. mona
    Posted 19 Mar ’12 at 21:27 | #

    Allready in the oven and my kitchen smells heavenly of warm grapefruit :-)

  17. Posted 19 Mar ’12 at 22:56 | #

    Nice one you guys! Those look soooo good :)
    It was great meeting you in person and I look forward to hanging out again.
    Until next time, peace and bless,
    Sarah B

    • Posted 20 Mar ’12 at 11:19 | #

      Thanks! GREAT meeting you too Sarah. Enjoy spring in Copenhagen!
      See u soon :-)

  18. Posted 20 Mar ’12 at 16:32 | #

    Yummi yummi yummi – i got love in my tummy!

  19. Elisabeth
    Posted 20 Mar ’12 at 17:17 | #

    Hi.
    I’m trying to make these, but I couldn’t get more than 2 dl (0,85 cups) out of the grape fruit. Can I just add up with water or will that not work?

    • Posted 20 Mar ’12 at 17:58 | #

      Hi Elisabeth, if the juice covers the dried apricots you don’t have to use more than 2 dl. If it doesn’t cover you can fill up with orange juice, lemon juice or water. Good luck!
      /David

  20. Posted 22 Mar ’12 at 00:07 | #

    Love your blog!! This recipe is so simple and looks delicious!

  21. Posted 22 Mar ’12 at 10:41 | #

    These look lovely! I recently made some apricot sweets from dried apricots and coconut – I love that flavour combination. I am definitely going to give these a try :-)

  22. Posted 22 Mar ’12 at 15:32 | #

    It’s a grapefruit sort of day. Snappy and tart with a hint of sweetness. Think I’ll make a run to the store so that I can make this later. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  23. Rachel
    Posted 22 Mar ’12 at 22:02 | #

    I’m not the hugest apricot fan. Would any other dried fruits work as well? Thanks!

    • Posted 23 Mar ’12 at 00:06 | #

      Hi Rachel, you could try making this with either dried figs or fresh dates but I am not sure that the grapefruit flavor would match those fruits. Therefore, if you are not fond of apricots I would actually recommend you to try one of these recipes instead: Raw Hemp Protein Bars or Sticky Nut Bars. Good luck!

  24. Posted 23 Mar ’12 at 14:58 | #

    Congrats on your app! I always become super happy and excited when it goes well for people who do wonderful things. :)
    Your mini bars will be the perfect treat when I need to persuaid Vera that it’s time to head home when we’re at the play ground.

  25. Emma
    Posted 26 Mar ’12 at 21:30 | #

    Åh, lika fantistisk som vanligt och jag håller verkligen med Ann-Louise!
    Jag undrar; hur kommer det sig att ni använder osvavlade aprikoser? Blev försvånad av att se det här, passar smaken bättre med grape?

    Allt gott!
    //Emma

    • Posted 26 Mar ’12 at 22:57 | #

      Hej Emma, det kan jag svara på direkt. Vi använder vanligtvis osvavlade mörka aprikoser, de smakar så mycket mer. Men när jag började göra detta recept så trodde jag att det skulle bli råa aprikos-bars som skulle få en vackert orange färg. Sedan ugnsbakade jag dem och då blev de lite bruna trots allt. Men det var enbart för färgens skull som jag valde orange aprikoser den här gången.
      /David

  26. Emma
    Posted 26 Mar ’12 at 21:32 | #

    Oj, nu blev jag förvånad igen; över alla mina stavfel i föregående inlägg :-)

  27. Marie
    Posted 28 Mar ’12 at 22:37 | #

    I had leftover grapefruit juice from this morning, and all the other ingredients were in my pantry, so I had to give it a try. :D I could have eaten the ‘dough’ just like that… Can’t wait ’til they come out of the oven. Thank you both for all your work and your willingness to share. My husband is from Finland, and so I love all of the Scandinavian treats you post. It’s nice to now I can send him on a healthier trip home! How we long for a beautiful summer there! I’ll just have to live vicariously through you. Thank you again! Tack and Kiitos!

  28. Posted 6 Apr ’12 at 19:04 | #

    Me and grapefruit doesn’t come along that good… but I’m working on it. At the moment I’m house guard for my grandparents (who’s away in Spain, lucky them!) and I just can’t keep ignoring those lovely grapefruits laying at the back in the fridge… so, a toffee recipe with grapefruit have to be a good way to work my way into to loving grapefruit… right? The apricots are soaking in this very moment… fingers crossed! :)

    • Posted 7 Apr ’12 at 10:16 | #

      Allright, update on the I-love-grapefruit-mission – at least I LOVE your apricot/grapefruit toffee now! Thank you so much for an awesome candy for Easter and happy Easter! :)

  29. Katey
    Posted 22 May ’12 at 03:36 | #

    Just made this and ate my first piece, so delicious! I love love the creative, healthy, delicious recipes you post, I can’t wait for your book to come out!

  30. Posted 1 Aug ’12 at 16:18 | #

    Grapefruit is my favorite fruit so I’m looking for some recipe to it, and I found yours, thanks for sharing! Grapefruit is very good in losing weight!

  31. Erika
    Posted 7 Oct ’12 at 12:30 | #

    Regarding the app: i LOVE it! but (there is always a but) i would like to turn the sound off. how do i do that?

  32. Emily Meegan
    Posted 2 Feb ’13 at 02:42 | #

    These are exactly the ingredients I always have on hand and
    I can’t wait to try these bars. I have been thinking about what to
    take on an airplane trip…this could be the ticket!

  33. Annabel
    Posted 15 Sep ’13 at 08:33 | #

    Hi everybody!
    We’re making the recipe right now – it’s looking great, thank you very much for posting! We’re under a bit of a time limit – so instead of soaking the apricots for three hours, we popped them in the microwave for one minute (as they were soaking in the juice) – which sped the process up really nicely!
    Brilliant blog, thanks again! XX

  34. Grace
    Posted 16 Feb ’14 at 01:49 | #

    Really nice, perfect for a sweet healthy snack. I love your site, its opened up a world of cooking using wholesome ingredients which I can bake and cook without any guilt :) Thank you

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