Very good taste but a little crumbly in texture. I used Noor dates instead of Medjool so that might be why they're less moist. I also used apricots instead of apples. I cut into 24 bars and can't wait to pack them in my lunches.
Fruit and Nut Chewy Bars
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.
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- Calories: 149
- Calories from fat: 24%
- Protein: 2.6g
- Fat: 4g
- Saturated fat: 0.4g
- Carbohydrate: 28g
- Fiber: 2.8g
- Sodium: 18mg
- Cholesterol: 0.0mg
- 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
- 1. Preheat oven to 325°. Spread nuts on a rimmed baking sheet and bake until light golden, 10 to 12 minutes.
- 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.
- Make ahead: Up to 1 week, chilled, or 1 month, frozen; for transport, pack in containers to protect them.
- Note: Nutritional analysis is per bar.
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