Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Chewy Fruit and Nut Bars

 1/3 cup chopped almonds
1/3 cup chopped pecans
½ cup honey
¾ cup dates, pitted
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 ½ cups regular rolled oats
½ cup dried cranberries
½ cup chopped dried apples

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spread nuts on a rimmed baking sheet and bake until light golden brown about 10 to 12 minutes.
2. Warm honey in a microwave until the consistency of thin syrup. In a food processor, pulse honey, dates, cinnamon and oats until oats are coarsely chopped.
3. Scrape oat mixture into a medium bowl. Break up any clumps of dates and if needed, chop any large date chunks. Stir in nuts, cranberries and apples. Then add honey. Squeeze the mixture into a ball.
4. Line the baking sheet with foil and spraying with cooking spray. Using damp hands, firmly pat mixture onto foil into a compact 6x12-inch rectangle.
5. Freeze until rectangle is firm enough to cut, about 20 minutes. Lift rectangle from foil to a work surface and cut into 16 bars. Wrap bars individually.

To Make Ahead: Will keep frozen for 1 month or refrigerated 1 week.

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