Healthy Fruit and Nut Bars

Yup, healthy!  I found this recipe turning through the pages of the April 2012 Whole Living magazine in a section devoted to healthy alternatives for afternoon snacking.  I must say these bars are satisfying and best of all, really hit that sweet-tooth spot.  At 176 calories per bar, they are nearly 100 calories less than a Snickers.   You’d have to walk at a 3mph pace for half an hour to make up the difference if you chose the Snickers instead. 

I think I’m in love…

These are super-easy-peasy and quick to make.  Make ’em Sunday night and have a bar for each day of the work week, plus Saturday!

  • 1 1/2 cups dried fruit (I used a combo of apricots and cherries)
  • 1/2 cup raw nuts, toasted if you want (I used almonds)
  • 2 TBSP unsweeted shredded coconut, toasted if you like
  • coarse salt
  • 1/2 oz chocolate, melted (I used white chocolate–just sounded yummy with the apricots.)

Line a 9×5 inch laof pan with parchment paper, leaving an inch or so of overhang.

Place fruit, nuts and a pinch of salt in the bowl of a food processor and process until finely ground.

Transfer mixture to the prepared loaf pan and press firmly.

Using the parchment “handles,” lift the bars out and drizzle with melted chocolate, then top with coconut.

Chill in refrigerator until firm, about 15 minutes.  Cut into six bars and enjoy!

So, so yummy!  Wrap individual bars in parchment paper for on the go snackage.  Experiment with different dried fruits or combos and different nuts.  So many possibilites!  The big challenge? Keeping the rest of the fam out of your fruit and nut bar stash!  Might need to make more….

The rest of the nutrition info per one-bar serving: 176 cals, 8g fat (2 g sat fat), 0mg cholesterol, 25g carbs, 56mg sodium, 4g protein, 4g fiber.  

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