Start your morning off right with our Almond Apricot Cacao Bites. All-natural, fresh, and completely vegan, these bites will have your taste buds singing for joy while satisfying your hunger cravings for hours on end. We love how the musky flavors of the dried apricots unexpectedly coalesce with the sweetness of cacao, cinnamon, and dried coconut! This combination not only tastes amazing, but thanks to the apricots, it’s full of nutrition, too. Apricots contain a number of potent antioxidants, and they are also a good source of vitamin A (from beta-carotene), vitamin C, and dietary fiber, which make them an ideal fruit to incorporate in your daily diet. Pair these little bite-sized morsels with our Acai Berry Smoothie Bowl for an easy, satisfying breakfast, or dip them into our Chocolate Hazelnut Spread for a decadent mid-day snack.
When picking out dried fruits, such as apricots, please be aware that some of these products may contain sulfur dioxide, as this compound is used as a preservative to prevent the fruit from spoiling. It also preserves the fruit’s appealing coloration and discourages the growth of bacteria. Although most people don’t experience any side effects when they eat dried fruits preserved with sulfur dioxide, about 1 percent of the population is sensitive to these chemicals and may experience potentially dangerous side effects. If you are among those who are sensitive to sulfites, you need to avoid foods that contain sulfites. In fact, both the European Union and the US Food and Drug Administration have regulated the use of sulfites, requiring foods containing more than 10 ppm (10 mg/kg) to be labelled to avoid any health problems (1). So go ahead and enjoy this simple, tasty recipe to start your day off the right way–with proper nutrition!
(1) Estimation of the distribution of the maximum theoretical intake for ten additives in France. Verger P, Chambolle M, Babayou P, Le Breton S, Volatier JL. Food Addit Contam. 1998 Oct; 15(7):759-66. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10211182.