Fruit and Nut Bars

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
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
  • 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
  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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

  6. 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?

  7. 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!!

  8. 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!

  9. 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!

  10. 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!

  11. 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™‚

  12. 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!

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