How to Make Nut & Fruit Bars

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Fruit and nut bars are a healthier option than chocolate or candy for those looking for something sweet. Use any type of dried fruits or nuts you prefer or happen to have on hand. The dried fruit in these is naturally sweet, and you need less additional sugar than in candy or dessert bars. The nuts will provide lasting energy, while the dried fruits will give you an instant boost. You can pack several of these bars into your camping pack to keep you going on the trail.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 8-inch square baking pan
  • Parchment paper
  • 1/4 c. whole wheat flour
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon, ground (optional)
  • 1/4 c. rolled oats (old fashioned oats)
  • Gallon sized zip top bag
  • 3 c. assorted dried fruit, chopped (raisins, dates, cherries, cranberries, apricots, etc.)
  • 2 c. roasted, unsalted nuts and or seeds, chopped (almonds, walnuts, peanuts, pecans, pistachios, etc.)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • Round bottomed bowl
  • Whisk
  • Spoon
  • Knife or pizza cutter

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Place the parchment paper on the inside of the baking pan and trim it to cover the bottom and insides of the pan. Preheat the oven to 162 degrees C.

  2. 2

    Place the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, ground cinnamon and rolled oats into the gallon sized zip top bag. Shake to thoroughly combine these ingredients.

  3. 3

    Add the dried fruit to the bag with the flour. Close the bag and shake again, being sure to cover all of the fruit with the flour mixture.

  4. 4

    Put the nuts into the bag with the fruit and shake the bag again to combine.

  5. 5

    Whisk together the egg, honey and vanilla in a bowl. Pour the ingredients mixed in the zip top bag into the bowl and stir to thoroughly combine.

  6. 6

    Transfer the fruit and nut bar mixture into the prepared pan, pressing down with the back of a spoon to flatten out the top.

  7. 7

    Bake for 40 minutes, until the sides pull away from the pan.

  8. 8

    Let cool before cutting into 16 2-inch squares. Use a pizza cutter to make cutting the bars easier. You can also use a sharp knife.

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