I recently saw a recipe for Fruit and Nut Energy bars in Family Fun magazine and decided to make my own version. The combination of the fiber-rich fruit and the protein-packed nuts make this a healthy snack for morning, noon or night. Dehydrate your own fruits to keep on hand for snacks or to add to recipes like this. Help your kids come up with unique combinations like cherry and chocolate, peach and mango, or blueberry and banana.
Fruit and Nut Breakfast Bars (Apple and Raisin)
This recipe makes about 14 small bars. There is no right way to make these, you don’t even have to follow a recipe. It’s all up to your preference in taste and texture. You can make hundreds of versions of these bars.
2 cups dried Apples
1/2 cup raisins
1/3 cup pecans
1/4 cup ground flaxseed (optional)
2 tsp honey
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup powdered sugar
3-5 Tbls skim milk or until you reach a thick frosting consistency.
Grind the nuts and flax seed in a Food Processor or blender until you reach a fine consistency and set aside in a bowl. Next, add the fruits, cinnamon and honey and process until well blended.
Re-add the and nuts blend until all ingredients are thoroughly mixed. If you would like bars with more texture with chunks of fruit and nuts then you can add all of the ingredients in together at once and process until you reach your desired texture.
The mixture may be a little sticky, so you may want to spray a little cooking spray on your hands before shaping them into little bars.
You certainly don’t have to add frosting to these, but if you have picky eaters, the frosting will be enticing. I made about 2 Tablespoons of the frosting and it covered all 14 bars with some leftover, so a little goes a long way.
If you try this recipe I would love to hear your favorite combinations and please send photos of how they turned out!