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Fruit and Nut Chewy Bars

Fruit and Nut Chewy Bars

Be sure to use Medjool dates in these Terra Bistro “spa bars”—they’ll be too dry otherwise.

Fruit and Nut Chewy Bars
Photo by: Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Karen Shinto
  • YIELD: Makes 16
  • TOTAL:50 Minutes
  • COURSE: Snacks

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

Sunset JANUARY 2011

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