Apricot Squares for a Virtual Vegan Potluck

One of the things I like most about potlucks is their ability to build and strengthen a community. They are an amazing venue to network and meet our neighbors. So when I heard that Annie from An Unrefined Vegan was putting together not only a virtual potluck, but a vegan one, I couldn’t wait to sign up. A virtual gathering of blogging “neighbors”, brilliant idea!

When choosing a dish, I decided to make something that I would bring to an in-person potluck. This means (for my sanity and convenience) that the dish yields a decent quantity for my effort, is easily portable, can be pre-sliced (or is made in individual servings), no additional work is required once it arrives at the potluck (just put it on the table), and of course I must like the dish.

So I settled on Blondies… or so I thought I did. Just before mixing them, I was doing a final review of the recipe, and had a last minute urge to swap the flour for whole wheat, which led to the addition of almond flour. Suddenly, chocolate chips didn’t feel right, I spotted the apricots and it all fell in place… Apricot Squares.

 

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Apricot Squares

1 cup Whole Wheat Pastry Flour

1/3 cup Almond Flour

2/3 cup Brown Sugar

1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder

1/2 tsp Ground Ginger

1/2 cup Pureed Banana

1/4 cup Melted Margarine

1/4 cup Baby Food, fruit blend (I used an apricot blend)

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

1/2 tsp Butterscotch Extract (optional)

1 cup Dried Apricots, roughly chopped

1/4 cup Sliced Almonds (approximate)

 

Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare an 8×8 inch baking pan by lining it with foil and lightly greasing it.

Stir together the flour, almond flour, sugar, baking powder, and ginger. Set aside.

Blend the banana, margarine, baby food, and extracts until thoroughly combined. Blend into dry ingredients, then fold in apricots.

Spread into prepared pan, smooth top, and garnish with sliced almonds.

Bake for 20-25 minutes, until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Cool completely before slicing.

Makes 16 squares.

 

 

   

28 thoughts on “Apricot Squares for a Virtual Vegan Potluck

  1. This looks good. Can you use fresh apricots in place of dried? I like your use of almond flour…so tasty and nutritious!

    • Thanks :-) … I can’t say for sure that fresh apricots wouldn’t work, because I haven’t tried them. I would, however, be reluctant to swap them in because of the added moisture they would bring.

      • Good point! I will have to get some dried ones or use some other dried fruit because I really want to make these! I pinned them!

    • Thank you :-) … I would have suggested simply using an equal measure of applesauce. However, if you have the apricot preserves, then a blend of the two would probably be ideal.

  2. Just making my way through the virtual vegan potluck and wanted to say hello :-)

    • I’ve always felt that I could take ‘em or leave ‘em. But this recipe’s converted me, I’m a dried apricot loving girl now :-D

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