Pear, Apricot and Coconut Slice

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This slice is SO easy and really, can be made using whatever dried fruit you like. I love pear in all ways, shapes and forms (my friends think I’m weird because I drink pear juice) so obviously I had to make a pear slice. Keeping with the tropical theme, in the hope it will bring the sun out in the middle of winter, I added apricot and of course coconut because as you can tell from other posts – it’s my obsession.

This slice is super yummy by itself or with a dollop of yoghurt and a drizzle of coconut nectar (super yummy, golden-syrup-like, better form of sugar than your average cane sugar – but remember its still sugar).

1 cup dried pear, chopped
1 cup dried apricot, chopped
Zest of half a lemon
1 cup walnuts
1 cup roasted almonds
4 medjool dates, chopped
pinch of salt
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
1 cup shreded coconut

* When looking for dried fruit and dates etc, although its a bit expensive look for organic produce not treated with sulfur, a product often used to preserve colour. Really, who wants a whole lot of extra chemicals in with their dried fruit? Not the best side effects.

Line a tin the shape that you want your slice to be with baking paper. I used a square tin approx 20x20cm.

In a food processor blend the fruit, zest, nuts and salt until finely chopped. Add the coconut oil and continue to blend until combined. The mixture should be able to stick together nicely when pressed with your fingers.

Press the mixture into your prepared tin and top with shredded coconut, lightly pressing into the mixture to make it stick. I tend to score out the lines that I’ll cut into the slice before I put it in the fridge, just to make it easier later. Pop the slice into the fridge for approx 1-2 hours (however long you can hold off from munching on it).

Pull the slice out of the fridge and cut along the scored lines making squares, rectangles etc. Enjoy!

* This recipe can also make little truffle-like balls. Simply line a baking tray with baking paper. Roll the prepared mixture into balls and roll in shredded coconut. Pop into the fridge and then when set, pop into your mouth! xx

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