Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Karen Shinto
Total Time
50 Mins
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. 

How to Make It

Step 1

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

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 5

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

Step 6

Note: Nutritional analysis is per bar.

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

Ratings & Reviews

beverlyk1947's Review

October 27, 2013
I have not tried these yet but my Dr. recommended getting more fiber in my diet but due to have diverticulosis I need to watch out about consuming nuts as they can get caught in my colon an cause issues. Can I grind up the nuts finely and still have the recipe work out ok

Rikked's Review

June 24, 2011
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.

Sachimoto's Review

February 05, 2011
I made these for a recent ski trip and they were great for travel as well as on the slopes. SUPER easy to make and tasty.

Jazzbee's Review

January 13, 2011
This is a great snack bar and particularly tasty right out of the freezer! I didn't have apple, so I used apricots; very good. I will definitely make this again.

jsolveson's Review

December 29, 2010
So yummy - and easy to make. You can even add some chocolate chips as variation. Everyone in our house loves them. Great for a day of hiking.