Fruit and Nut Bars

Kent likes fruit and nut bars.  I buy them all the time for his lunches for work.  I thought it would be nice to make some homemade bars.  They turned out to be way better than the store bought ones.  I found this recipe here.  I used her recipe as a guide.  You can follow her recipe, mine or make up your own. Here is my recipe for our family (this time around);

Fruit and Nut Bars

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Ingredients

1 1/2 cups (175 grams) chopped nuts.  I used pecans, almonds and walnuts
1 3/4 cups (235 grams) dried blueberries, dried cherry berry mix, raisins and craisins
1/2 cup (70 grams) dried apricots
1/3 cup all purpose flout
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 large egg, room temperature
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1.  Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Place rack in center of oven.  Have ready an 8 inch square baking pan that has been lined with foil.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the chopped nuts with the dried fruit.  (You can use chocolate chips but we did not opt for that.) February 004
  3. Add flour, baking soda, salt and sugar and stir until all the fruit and nuts are completely coated with the flour mixture.  Make sure to separate any clumps of dried fruits.
  4. In a separate bowl, beat (with a wire whisk or electric mixer) the egg and vanilla until light colored and this.  This take about 3-4 minutes using an electric mixer.
  5. Add the egg mixture to the fruit and nut mixture and mix until all the fruit and nut pieces are completely coated with the batter.
  6. Evenly spread into your prepared pan, pressing to compact the batter.
  7. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until the batter is golden brown and is just starting to pull away from the sides of the pan.
  8. Remove from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool.
  9. Lift the bars from the pan using the edges of the foil.  Use a sharp knife to cut into squares or bars.

You can store up to 10 days at room temperature or longer if refrigerated.

Believe me, these are simple and delicious.  You must give them a try.  Enjoy!

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