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Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Karen Shinto Photo by: Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Karen Shinto

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. 

Sunset JANUARY 2011

  • Yield: Makes 16
  • Total:50 Minutes

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

Preparation

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.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • 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
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