Fruit and Nut Bars – Healthy and delicious breakfast bars loaded with dried fruits and walnuts.
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.
Grab a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy!
Fruit and Nut Bars
- 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
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- Line an entire 8 x 8 inch baking pan with aluminum foil.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
- 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.
- In a separate bowl, with a wire whisk beat the egg and vanilla until light colored and thick.
- Add the egg mixture to the fruit and nut mixture and mix until all the fruit and nut pieces are coated with the batter.
- 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.
- Spread into the prepared pan, pressing to even it out.
- Bake for about 40 minutes, or until the batter has pulled away from the sides of the pan.
- Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool.
- When cooled, lift the bars from the pan by the edges of the aluminum foil.