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Fruit and Nut Chewy Bars

Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Karen Shinto
Total time 50 mins
Yield Makes 16
These homemade fruit and nut bars are a refreshing alternative to packaged granola bars.  Be sure to use Medjool dates — the bars will be too dry otherwise. 

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup chopped almonds
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3/4 cup Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 1/2 cups regular rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried apples

Nutrition Information

  • calories 149
  • caloriesfromfat 24 %
  • protein 2.6 g
  • fat 4 g
  • satfat 0.4 g
  • carbohydrate 28 g
  • fiber 2.8 g
  • sodium 18 mg
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 325°. Spread nuts on a rimmed baking sheet and bake until light golden, 10 to 12 minutes.

    Measuring Honey
    Measuring Honey
  2. Warm honey in a microwave until the consistency of thin syrup. In a food processor, pulse honey, dates, cinnamon, and oats until oats are coarsely chopped.

  3. Scrape oat mixture into a medium bowl. Break up any clumps of dates and, if needed, chop any large date chunks. Stir in nuts, cranberries, and apples. Squeeze mixture into a ball. Line baking sheet with foil and oil foil. Using damp hands, firmly pat mixture onto foil into a compact 6- by 12-in. rectangle.

  4. Freeze until rectangle is firm enough to cut, about 20 minutes. Lift rectangle from foil to a work surface and cut into 16 bars. Wrap bars individually. They get moister and chewier after standing at least a day.

  5. Make ahead: Up to 1 week, chilled, or 1 month, frozen; for transport, pack in containers to protect them.

  6. Note: Nutritional analysis is per bar.

Terra Bistro, Vail Mountain Lodge & Spa, Vail, Colorado