totally cracked my spatula spreading pressing the mix into the pan
i typically take a granola bar to work to get me through mid-morning, but it's difficult to find bars with limited, healthy ingredients. i'm a big fan of larabar, kind, and two moms in the raw bars, but not a fan of the prices. the fruit and nut bars i'm sharing today are a great grain-free alternative to granola bars and easier on your wallet than packaged bars.
like many of the healthy recipes i have posted, you can substitute ingredients based on your tastes and/or allergies. unfortunately, if you're allergic to nuts, this recipe is not for you - nuts are a central ingredient. i use the golden berry blend from trader joe's, but any dried fruit will work.
a few tips for you:
the bars keep best in the fridge. eat them within one week or freeze for later.
you can substitute almond meal for flax meal, as well as the nuts listed for any others.
try adding 1 tbsp. of chia seeds or wheat germ for extra nutrition. or 1/3 cup chocolate chips; just make sure you add the chocolate chips after processing the rest of the ingredients.
fruit and nut bars
• 1 ½ cup sliced almonds
• 1 cup chopped walnuts
• 1/3 cup almond meal
• ½ cup dried fruit
• ¾ tsp. cinnamon
• ½ tsp. vanilla
• ½ tbsp. honey
• 4 tbsp. water
1. place almonds, walnuts, almond meal, dried fruit, cinnamon, and vanilla in food processor and process until combined.
2. pulse in honey and water until ball begins to form.
3. remove from processor and spread into 8x8” pan and refrigerate for 1 hour. cut into 2x4” bars and serve.
makes 8 bars.
click here for a printable recipe card!