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Fruit and Nut Bars – Healthy and delicious breakfast bars loaded with dried fruits and walnuts.

Fruits and Nuts

While the rest of you are all cookie’d out and working on a healthier menu, I haven’t even started on my sweets binge. I woke up bright and early (6 a.m.) this morning with a massive craving for something sweet. This Fast is really getting to me now (just 3 more days to go!) – I’m dreaming about cookies, steaks, cheese, etc… I bow to you, vegans!

Because I almost always have to satisfy a craving, I flipped through some of my ‘sweets for Fast’ recipes and came across these fruit and nut bars. The original bars are not Fast-compatible, but I used a banana instead of an egg and made them so. However, I did make another batch for the rest of this household by following the original recipe. If you are interested in trying them without the egg, just replace it with one whole mashed banana.

Fruit and Nuts Bars

Grab a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy!

Dried Fruits and Nuts

Fruit and Nut Bars
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Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
55 mins
 

Fruit and Nut Bars – Healthy and delicious breakfast bars loaded with dried fruits and walnuts.

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 bars
Calories: 218 kcal
Ingredients
  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups walnuts , chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 1 1/2 cup dates , chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried apricots , cut into pieces
  • 1 large egg OR substitute with 1 (one) mashed banana
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Line an entire 8 x 8 inch baking pan with aluminum foil.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  4. Stir in the brown sugar, walnuts, and dried fruit. Use your fingers to make sure that all the fruit and nuts have been coated with the flour mixture.
  5. In a separate bowl, with a wire whisk beat the egg and vanilla until light colored and thick.
  6. Add the egg mixture to the fruit and nut mixture and mix until all the fruit and nut pieces are coated with the batter.
  7. If you are using the banana substitute, mash the banana with a fork real well then add in the vanilla extract. Blend it all together and mix it into the fruit and nut mixture.
  8. Spread into the prepared pan, pressing to even it out.
  9. Bake for about 40 minutes, or until the batter has pulled away from the sides of the pan.
  10. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool.
  11. When cooled, lift the bars from the pan by the edges of the aluminum foil.
Nutrition Facts
Fruit and Nut Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 218 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 13mg4%
Sodium 68mg3%
Potassium 269mg8%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 23g26%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 395IU8%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 38mg4%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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58 Responses
  1. Cristina

    These fruit and nut bars are healthy goodness. Interesting subsituting the egg for a banana. Does it affect the texture at all? I look forward to trying that. Great recipe!

  2. jhowells0913

    Homemade bars is the perfect solution to a healthy go-to snack! I never ate store-bought bars because I was skeptical of the ingredients. The convenience is great and with all those nuts and dried fruit, I bet it would perk you right up during a mid-day slump! Fabulous idea!

  3. Monet

    These look healthy AND delicious. Perfect treats to indulge in after a month of holiday baking. Thank you for sharing such a fun recipe. I hope you have a wonderful Friday and a beautiful weekend!

  4. Maya @ Foodiva's Kitchen

    Can you believe that I’ve never been tempted to make my own fruit and nut bars before, until I saw these ones? They are the most delicious-looking health bars ever and I can just imagine how good they taste after a good workout session!

  5. 5 Star Foodie

    These bars sure look terrific, healthy and can totally satisfy a craving for sweets! I like the dried cherries and dates here!

  6. Jenna

    Mmmmm! Those bars look so colorful and delicious. I had no idea you could subsitute a banana for an egg–is it kind of like substituting applesauce for vegetable oil? My knowledge in the realm of baking is sadly lacking. =)

    1. Kate @ Diethood.com

      Oh I don’t have much of a clue about the chemistry of baking, either :). I just needed something other than an egg that would combine all of the ingredients together and a ripe banana seemed like a pretty good alternative.

  7. Stefanie

    Right when I saw the first picture, I just knew these bars would be fabulous!

    By the way, great job sticking to your vegan fast! Do you feel different/better or have more energy?

  8. Felice - All That's Left Are The Crumbs

    These look delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe. I am always looking for healthier snacks to make for my husband and his triathlon team after their Saturday rides. They are about to start training again so I am sure these will be appreciated.

  9. Kim - Liv Life

    I’m loving this one! What a perfect snack for my daughter during her long dance rehearsals. We will give these a try.
    Kudos to you on the fast… there is no way I could stick to it. Nicely done!!

  10. happywhennothungry

    These bars look awesome! The cherries, dates, and apricot combo sounds delicious. Will definitely have to try this one. Great photos too!

  11. scarlettabakes

    These look so fantastic – and I have been craving some crunchy fruit bars so I think these are DEFINITELY the ticket (better run into the kitchen ASAP to whip them up before the craving turns to french fries and/or ice cream and Magic Shell).

    Thanks so much for the awesome recipe – I can’t wait to try it!

  12. steph@stephsbitebybite

    These bars look fantastic! And who knew that a banana could be a substitute for an egg! Good job on holding steady πŸ™‚

  13. Chef Gerald@bistrogerard

    These are just adorable! With all the indulgences of the past few weeks, I have promised myself not to bake anything sweet for at least another month, but these look so healthy and tempting πŸ™‚

    1. Kate @ Diethood.com

      They are delicious .. they are sitting on the kitchen counter and every time I get near them, I reach for another … yum!

  14. Krissyp

    These look wonderful! Throw a little oat in there for some slow carbs and you have the perfect pre workout meal. Thanks for posting!

    1. Kate @ Diethood.com

      hehe πŸ™‚ This Fast is a vegan diet… that’s why for my portion of the fruit and nut bars I used a mashed banana instead of the egg.

  15. Annie

    I just found your blog browsing around and am so glad I did! I have made a commitment to myself to eat healthier and am in need of delicious but healthy recipes and it looks like you have tons! These bars look so delicious!

  16. Claire

    You can’t go wrong with cherries and those flavors. Healthy, delicious and full of good stuff. After all the crap I ate during the holidays, I need something good!

  17. Shea Goldstein

    These look awesome. They remind me of a cookie my aunt has always made. The combination of fruits and nuts, and the squishiness of the cookie is addictive.

  18. Mina @ Angellove's Cooking

    Kate, these bars are just great – great taste and great look!!! I love dried fruits and nuts combination!

  19. Hester aka The Chefdoc

    Oh my, these look fantastic! I loved dried fruits and nuts included in things such as bars. I’ve never made bars before so, this looks like a simple recipe to start with! Thank you for sharing with us πŸ™‚

  20. Patti

    Thanks so much for the comment! My son’s girlfriend is very interested in your site. I recommended you!. Those cookies look fantastic!

  21. Kori

    Yummy! I’m making spiced pumpkin granola right now with some of those same ingredients…I love dates and dried cherries! Thanks for this healthier treat πŸ™‚

  22. Christina

    These look amazing! With or without the egg! I often crave something fresh baked but find myself out of eggs… but not ripe bananas. What a great recipe to have for those times! Or whan I’m not out of eggs for that matter!

  23. The Mom Chef ~ Taking on Magazines One Recipe at a Time

    Ok, see, those may be a sweet treat, but with all those fruits and nuts in there, you can’t tell me they’re not healthy too! πŸ™‚ They do look fantastic and since I’m not vegan, no reason to change anything. Thanks!

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