Tuesday, September 13, 2011

No Bake Fruit & Nut Bars

I love LARABAR's.  Love them.  Best of all, they are so simple:  their only ingredients are fruit and nuts.  This was my inspiration to make my own fruit and nut bar.  The result was a moist chewy bar that was slightly sweet but also a little salty too.  They are the perfect snack at home or away.  In fact, I am snacking on one right now as I type.

Mix and match the nuts and fruits to suit your tastes

Sweet chewy bar with all natural ingredients:  the perfect snack on the go

1c roasted and shelled pistachios
2c raw almonds
1c macadamia nuts
1c dried apricots
1c dried cherries
1c dried mango
1/2c dried mixed berries
1/3c grapeseed oil (mine came out a little too oily... I would maybe try 3-4tbs and then add more as needed)
1/3c organic agave nectar

Press firmly into a pan prior to chilling
1. Place pistachios in a food processor and grind until coarsely chopped.  Repeat with almonds and macadamia nuts.
2. In a food processor (if you have a small one, do this in batches), combine nuts and fruit and pulse until it starts to come together into a sticky ball.  Add oil and nectar and continue to pulse until combined.
3. Press into a 9x13" cake pan lined with parchment paper or nonstick foil.  Press mixture firmly and evenly into the pan.  Refrigerate 1 hour before cutting into bars.  Then refrigerate overnight to set.

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