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Gluten-Free Dried Fruit Bars with Nuts and Dates on The Go


Dried fruit and nuts bars are made with naturally sweet fruit and nuts. They are sweet, crunchy and chewy.

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dried fruit and nut bars on a wire rack.

How long does it take to make Fruit Bars? 

To prepare dried fruit and nut bars you will need just 15minutes for preparation the rest is done in the oven, which will take a total of 3 hours.

a stack of dried fruit nut bars on a wire rack wrapped in paper and twine.

Preparing Dried Fruit and Nut Bars

Make date paste: Simply blend dates in a food processor til paste like consistency.
Chop nuts till fine chunks, in a food processor is best.
Mix dried fruits and lemon in a food processor.
Combine date paste, nuts and fruits and mix well together.
Roll our into a rectangle or square.
Bake for 10 minutes. Cut into bars- lower the temperature- bake for 2 hours- turn the bars over- bake for 1 hour- cool.

close up of fruit and nut bars two wrapped in paper and one unwrapped with more dried fruit and whole nuts sprinkled around.

Ingredients for Fruit and Nut Bars

Dried fruit: dates, apricots, raisins, figs and cranberries.
Nuts: I used almond and hazelnuts, but you could adjust to your taste.
Citrus: lemon.

dried fruit bars with nuts and dates ingredients- cranberries, apricots, hazelnuts, almonds, dates, raisins, lemon, and figs.

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stacks of fruit and nut bars on a wire rack with more dried fruit and nuts on the side.

Gluten-Free Dried Fruit Bars with Nuts and Dates on The Go

Dried fruit and nuts bars are made with naturally sweet fruit and nuts. They are sweet, crunchy and chewy.
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Allergy: Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 25 minutes
Servings27 bars
Calories: 75kcal
Author: Marina Rizhkov

Equipment

  • food processor
  • parchment paper
  • rolling pin

Ingredients

  • cup Medjool dates, pitted
  • cup apricots, dried
  • cup raisins
  • 5 figs, dried
  • ½ cup cranberries, dried
  • ¾ cup hazelnuts
  • ¾ cup almonds
  • 1 small lemon

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350F
  • Blend dates with a blender or food processor until paste-like consistency.
    ⅔ cup Medjool dates,
    a white dish filled with blended dates.
  • Chop nuts in a food processor into fine chunks.
    ¾ cup hazelnuts, ¾ cup almonds
    chopped nuts in a food processor.
  • Add dried fruits and chopped lemon and process again.
    ⅔ cup apricots,, 5 figs,, ½ cup cranberries,, 1 small lemon, ⅔ cup raisins
    dried fruit in a food processor with lemon.
  • Add date paste to the nuts and fruits and mix well.
    nuts and fruits mixed in a food processor.
  • Roll out between two layers of parchment into a rectangle or square, about ¼ inch (6 mm) thick.
    dried fruit and nut bar spread out in a big square on a baking tray.
  • Transfer the parchment to a baking sheet and place in a preheated oven for 10 minutes.
  • Then set the temperature to 140F. Remove the baking sheet, carefully cut  into bars, and return to the oven for 2 hours.
    nut and fruit bars cut into rectangles.
  • Carefully turn the bars over and dry them for 1 more hour. It can be left on a baking sheet until well dried for another day at room temperature.
    cut and separated fruit nut bars.

Nutrition

Calories: 75kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 145mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 95IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg
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