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Square pan with fruit and nut bars cut into 9 slices. The middle square is sitting on top of the surrounding square pieces. The pan is sitting on a cooling rack.
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3.47 from 15 votes

Fruit and Nut Bars

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! 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fruit and nut bars
Servings: 8
Calories: 323kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup oat flour*
  • 1/2 cup medjool dates or prunes
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup dried apricots
  • 1 cup walnuts finely chopped*
  • 2 Tablespoons cacao nibs
  • 2/3 cup water

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 325ºF. Cover an 8-inch x 8-inch pan with parchment paper.
  • Place prunes, raisins and apricots in a mini-chopper or food processor and pulse until well chopped.
  • Combine flour, oats, chopped fruit mixture, nuts, cacao nibs and 2/3 cup water in a large bowl and knead with your hands until a ball of dough forms.
  • Press dough firmly and evenly into the prepared pan. Cut into squares with a sharp knife before placing in the oven.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, until baked through but still soft (don’t over-bake them or the bars will be dry and tough).
  • Leftover bars should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They should keep for 1-2 weeks.

Notes

  • Whole wheat, spelt or all-purpose flour will also work.
  • To save time on chopping your nuts, you can place them in your food processor or mini-chopper and pulse until well chopped.

Nutrition

Serving: 1bar | Calories: 323kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Sodium: 4mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 21g