These tasty fruit and nut bars are oil-free and contain no added sugar. They’re nutty, chewy, slightly sweet and make for a perfect grab-n-go snack!

Did anyone else grow up on fruit and nut granola bars? I won’t mention names but they are filled with so many crappy ingredients! Thankfully, I’ve created a homemade version that are just as tasty, super simple to make and muchhhh healthier!

Square pan with fruit and nut bars cut into 9 slices.

Just like my bird food bites, these fruit and nut bars are basically “Bird Food” in bar form. I love that these bars are oil free and contain no added sweeteners yet still taste incredible! Isaac said they were the best bars I’ve ever made! I’ll take that as a compliment because I think my tahini fig bars are quite good!

Mixing bowl with the ingredients to make fruit and nut bars.

Ingredients Needed

  • oat flour – you can make your own by blending oats!
  • old fashioned rolled oats
  • medjool dates or prunes
  • raisins
  • dried apricots
  • walnuts
  • cacao nibs

Ingredients to make fruit and nut bars in measuring cups, including oats, walnuts, and dried fruit.

If you decide to try out the recipe, remember that they aren’t super sweet but they are super versatile – I’m sure different dried fruits like cranberries, figs, dates, currants, cherries or blueberries would work great if you wanted to substitute ingredients. And, I liked the cacao nib addition, but I bet they were would be spectacular with a few chocolate chips in the mix.

Side by side image with dried fruit in a food processor. The first image shows fruit whole and then second shows fruit processed.

While you do need to bake these bars, they’re super simple to make! You’ll start by chopping your prunes, raisins and apricots in a food processor (affiliate link) until well chopped. Then in a large bowl, you’ll mix the flour, oats, fruit mixture, nuts, cacao nibs and water – kneading together until a dough forms. If needed you can add more water to accomplish this! Lastly, press into a pan lined with parchment paper and then cut into squares before baking (a trick to easier cutting after baking!). Bake the bars for 25 minutes and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Stack of fruit and nut bars.

Fruit & Nut Bar Stats

Like I mentioned, these granola bars are much healthier than packaged alternatives! But let’s break down the facts.

Oats – Studies have shown that oats may help lower cholesterol, may prevent type 2 diabetes and help control blood sugar levels. They have a good amount of protein and fiber and are a great addition to your diet. (Source)

Dates – Dates are a great natural sweetener! They are packed with fiber, vitamins and minerals and are high in antioxidants. (Source)

Raisins – While I wouldn’t suggest living off of dried fruit, they are by no means “off limits”! They are a good source of fiber, iron and calcium as well as an amazing source of antioxidants. (Source)

Apricots – Apricots are great sources of vitamin A and C and another great source of antioxidants! (Should I have called these “Antioxidant Bars”?!) They have been linked to improve eye, skin and gut health. A winning little superfood! (Source)

Walnuts – Walnuts look like little brains which always reminds me how amazing they are for my brain! These nuts are high in omega-3 fats and have a crazy amount of antioxidants. They have been linked to heart disease prevention and cancer prevention. (Source)

Cacao Nibs – Cacao nibs are a great way to get a hint of chocolate flavor without the added sugar. They are packed with protein, fiber, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals and… you guessed it: antioxidants! (Source)

Stack of fruit and nut bars.

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Stack of three fruit and nut bars.

If you make these simply fruit and nuts bars, please be sure to leave a comment and star rating below. Your feedback is super helpful for the EBF team and other readers who are thinking about making the recipe. 

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Square pan with fruit and nut bars cut into 9 slices.

Fruit and Nut Bars


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This versatile fruit and nut bar recipe is oil-free and contains no added sugar. These nutty, chewy bars are just slightly sweet and make for a perfect grab-n-go snack! 


Ingredients

  • 1 cup oat flour (spelt flour also works)
  • 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • ½ cup medjool dates or prunes
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ½ cup dried apricots
  • 1 cup walnuts, finely chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons cacao nibs
  • ⅓ cup water + 12 Tablespoons

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325ºF. Cover an 8-inch x 8-inch pan with parchment paper.
  2. Place prunes, raisins and apricots in a mini-chopper or food processor (affiliate link) and pulse until well chopped.
  3. Combine flour, oats, chopped fruit mixture, nuts, cacao nibs and 1/3 cup water in a large bowl and knead with your hands until a ball of dough forms. (Add more water if the mixture is too dry.)
  4. Press dough firmly and evenly into the prepared pan. Cut into squares with a sharp knife before placing in the oven.
  5. Bake for 25 minutes, until baked through but still soft (don’t over-bake them or the bars will be dry and tough).
  6. Store leftover bars in the refrigerator.

  • Category: Snacks
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 bar
  • Calories: 323
  • Sugar: 21g
  • Sodium: 4mg
  • Fat: 11g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 9g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 49g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

Keywords: fruit and nut bars

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  1. Thanks for this recipe! I’ve been searching for a granola bar recipe that’s not full of sugar and oil. This is just what I wanted. I made them last night (with whole wheat flour) and they turned out great. I’m sure I’ll be making these regularly to keep in my purse for emergency snacking.

  2. Has anyone made these yet. (Besides EBF) I made them with whole wheat and they were really “wrong” i could taste it was meant to be good. All the ing. sound fabulous to me but they DEFINATELY didn’t look like the photo. They actually looked greyish and uncooked instead of the nice color on your photo. Help, I have a bar that I buy that I would like to replace with these but I have to “fix” whatever went wrong.

  3. My family is gluten intolerant but I was dying to try this recipe so I used a gluten free flour mix from http://www.artofglutenfreebaking.com/:
    1 1/4 C (170g) brown rice flour
    1 1/4 C (205g) white rice flour
    1 C (120g) tapioca flour
    1 C (165g) sweet rice flour (also known as Mochiko)
    2 scant tsp. xanthan gum
    (you can also use the gluten-free flour mixture (not baking mix) of your choice–just be sure it contains xanthan gum. Or, you can add 1/4 tsp. xanthan gum per cup of gluten-free flour.

    Gluten free flour mixes tend to be a bit drier than regular flour’s so I had to use a little extra water but so far so good. I’m trying them with a little agave syrup just as an experiment. I’ve got some picky kid eaters and I think this is a brilliant way to sneak things like pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, and other super nutrient rich foods in.

  4. This sounds delicious! I think I will try it. It would be great if you could add the nutrition facts as well though. Like the amount of calories, carbs, and sugar, per serving!

    • Hey Elizabeth, here are the nutrition facts if you make 8 bars:

      Calories 303
      Total Fat 11.38g
      Total Carbohydrate 46g
      Dietary Fiber 7.26g
      Sugars 21.53g
      Protein 4.4g

      Remember the fat is a healthy fat and all the sugar is from fruit. 🙂

  5. I have been wanting to make homemade granola bars for a long time, my dad loves them. I will definitely be trying yours out first, they look fabulous! Thanks you for sharing them with us.

  6. These are a perfect snack for those sprints between classes, thank you! I’m jealous of your class. It sounds like so much fun! I’m always looking to learn new techniques, especially if it means cutting back on buying processed foods and making my own goodies.

  7. I made these last night because they looked soooo delicious and i’m always looking for no-sugar added treats for my office (theres a few diabetics and i try to bring in good for you treats for them)- but when I baked them they were still not really incorporated. I am wondering if the (very) small amount of water is a typo? I added 1/3 plus 2 T and it was not nearly enough to incorporate them all…but I am excited to try about because the baked bar that was falling apart WAS DELICIOUS!

    • Oh noooo Stephanie. I’m so sorry they didn’t turn out! The 1/3 cup of water is correct, however you really have to knead the dough with your hands for a good while to make sure all the ingredients are incorporated and the bars stick. If they are way too dry, you could try adding more water, but they turned out perfectly for me with the 1/3 cup + 2 T of water.

  8. These look soooooo amazing! I made a rendition of my own granola bars this past weekend – have you tried dried apricot and cardamom? My recipe has honey in it, so it plays nicely with the other ingredients 🙂

  9. i am going to make this recipe this week with some different dried fruits. i have been trying to find something to replace my luna bars, which i think contain too many ingredients. thanks!

  10. while I was reading the ingredients I immediately thought to myself that it was great/interesting that there weren’t any oils or added sugar! This sounds like a pretty easy recipe so I definitely will try it out. Thanks so much for sharing!

  11. Can’t wait to see your homemade yogurt! I had so much fun making it this summer in my crockpot – I should do it again soon.

    These bars look great! Nick likes having stuff like this on hand – I should make them at home more often.

  12. I make yogurt on a regular basis (I have a yogurt maker) and I LOVE it!!! It’s heaps cheaper than buying it in the store and I love that it’s so pure.

    Besides, in Canada we don’t have Oikos so until then I’ll make my own! 😛

  13. Thank you so much for the recipe! I can’t wait to try them out! I’ve been in a bet of a complex situation with college (6 hours in the class room with only a 5 minute break in between) so I’ve been needing something healthy and filling to make sure my tummy doesn’t go crazy in class!

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