Dried Fruit and Nut Bars.

There is so many advertisement about different energy, granola, snack bars now. A lot of companies assure you about their natural ingredients, health benefits and great taste.

Some of them really taste good, but what the companies hide behind the labels? We don’t know. We can not be sure about any food that we didn’t make. The best choice is to make your own bars. It is really easy and the result is definitely better than the bars from the grocery store.

This recipe I found at the book “The Eat-Clean Diet. Vegetarian Cookbook” by Tosca Reno. The bars are easy to make and they taste much better than the store ones.

Dried and Nut Bars.

This recipe is very flexible, as long as you keep proportions the same. Feel free to make it your own by changing up the dried fruits and nuts to suit your taste.

I used dried turkish apricots this time. Remember: when you buy dried apricots, they should be dark brown color. Bright orange color is the sign of added colors, sugar and chemicals to them.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup whole oat flour ( I used gluten-free oat flour)

2 tbsp oat bran ( I used gluten-free oat bran)

2 tbsp coconut sugar or any other sugar

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp sea salt

2 tbsp flaxseed

1/4 cup hemp seeds

1,5 cup combination almond, walnuts, and pecans, coarsely chopped

1/2 cup dried apricots, coarsely chopped

1/2 cup dried cherries

and any other dried fruit

1 whole egg+ 2 egg whites ( You can also use egg substitute)

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

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Preheat the oven to 325F. Line the square or rectangle pan with parchment paper, allowing a little extra to hang out the two opposite sides.

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, oat bran, coconut sugar, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Stir in flaxseed, hemp seeds, almonds, walnuts, pecans and dried fuit, and mix well.

In a separate bowl, beat whole egg, egg whites and vanilla extract until thick and foamy. Add to fruit and nut mixture and mix thoroughly.

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Scrape into prepared pan, pressing mixture into edges. Bake on center rack of oven for about 30 minutes. Remove and let cool slightly. Lift bars out of pan by holding onto edges of parchment paper. Let finish cooling on a wire rack. Use a sharp knife to cut into bars.

These bars are really one of the favorites at our house, and I am trying to make them every week. No more store bought for us!!!!

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