About These Easy Fruit and Nut Bars
While I was home in Canada this year I became a little obsessed with a packaged whole food snack bar. It only had 4 ingredients. All whole foods. My kinda snack.
And since I can’t get these where I am now, I figured I would try and make a copycat version.
And I did!
And this is it!
Keep these in mind if you need an afternoon pick me up or a little snack on the go!
Only 4 Ingredients
Only 4 (I didn’t count salt).
These fruit and nut bars are made using the following ingredients:
- Raisins or dried cranberries (my fav!)
- Cocoa Powder
How To Make Fruit and Nut Bars
- You throw all the ingredients in a food processor and process until the mixture easily sticks together when pressed between your fingers. I suggest you pulse the mixture a couple of times first so that the cocoa powder gets incorporated.
- Transfer the mixture to a baking dish and press it firmly into the dish.
- I like to leave the fruit and nut bars uncovered in the fridge to set but you can just cut them and pop them in the freezer.
Cashews – Cashews are a great source of fiber, plant-based protein, and healthy fats. They’re also rich in the mineral copper which is good for your immune system and brain!
Dried Fruit – Dates are a natural, whole-food sweetener and they offer fiber and antioxidants. So not only do they sweeten your fruit and nut bars they also help with digestion! Raisins are also a good source of fiber and offer calcium and iron and dried cranberries offer vitamin C!
Cocoa Powder – A little chocolate goes a long way in these fruit and nut bars. While I wouldn’t say they are chocolate flavored, the cocoa powder does give them another layer of yummy. Cocoa powder contains anti-inflammatory polyphenols, offers magnesium, and can even boost your mood!
Nut Free Fruit and Seed Bars!
I know nut-free options are important especially if making these fruit and nut bars for kiddies. So for a nut-free version swap the cashews for sunflower seeds.
Easy Fruit and Nut Bars (copycat recipe!)
- Food Processor
- 1 cup cashews (unroasted and unsalted)
- 2 cups packed dates pitted
- ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- ½ cup dried cranberries or raisins
- Pinch sea salt , optional
- Line an 8-inch square pan with parchment paper so it hangs out over 2 opposing sides. You can also use a smaller pan if you want a thicker bar.
- Place the cashews in the food processor and pulse until roughly chopped and crumbly.
- Next add the remaining ingredients in the order listed. Pulse a couple of times to incorporate the cocoa powder then process continuously until the mixture starts clumping together or at least easily sticks together when you squeeze it between your fingers.
- Transfer the mixture to the baking pan and press it very firmly and evenly into the dish being sure to work it into the corners.
- Next place the pan in the fridge and let it sit, uncovered, for anywhere from 2 and even up to 12 hours. Letting it sit uncovered allows the bars to firm up. The longer they sit, the firmer they'll be.
- Remove them from the fridge and cut them into squares or bars. Keep them in a covered container in the fridge for up to 5 days or keep them in the freezer for up to 3 months.