Eco Tutorial: Nutty Fruit Snack Bars

Tutorial submitted by Janssendesigns


Nutty fruit snack bars

prep time: 20 minutes

yield: 12 snack bars

These snack bars can be made with lots of different ingredients. The key is getting the right consistency so they don’t turn out too sticky or too crumbly.

Here is my favorite version:

22 pitted organic dates
½ cup organic raisins
1 cup organic whole almonds
½ to 1 tsp. cinnamon (to taste)
1 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
chili powder to taste

I just toss everything into the food processor and grind it up. I only added about a ¼ tsp. chili powder but that was enough to give it a little bite without making them too spicy for my 4 year old daughter.

Mold them into bars and store them in a sealed container, layering them with recycled, unbleached wax or parchment paper. Or wrap individually with parchment paper. I originally just rolled them in to logs because that was faster but as you can imagine, they don’t look very appetizing that way!

Another variation I’ve made was using pitted dates, pecans and candied ginger (sorry, I didn’t write down the measurements for that one). After checking out the LÄRABAR website, I’ll be making some with dates, peanuts and unsweetened cherries!

These are wonderfully healthy and less expensive than buying the store-bought varieties (as well as better for the environment because there is no plastic wrapper to add to the landfill).

Enjoy!!

This post was written by

Karen Lee – who has written posts on Eco Etsy.
I live a simple life. But want to spread the message that green living is easy if you weave it into your life and choose the right products. So I co-founded Green Sisterhood, a network of green female content writers whose mission is to change the market and to introduce you to wonderful green companies. I also share eco tips, fun DIY's and enviro news on ecokaren. I sell handmade goodies in my Etsy shop and help others open Etsy businesses as a handmade educator. You can connect with me on Facebook , Twitter, Pinterest and on Google +. I'd love to hear from you.

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Comments

  1. Dats nice. i will try this. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. CurlyMonkey says:

    Yummy, we need to try this!

  3. Ooh yum! And a great alternative to granola bars!

  4. These are also good for Passover with all the dietary restrictions for the week – I'm going to give them a try!

  5. Fruit & nut granola type bars are my favorite variety but I never considered making my own. Though I am all about handmade for work / life / etc, homemade in the kitchen isn't always my strongest suit haha, I never even considered trying something like this. These sound super easy and delicious though, thanks so very much for sharing!

  6. Unni Strand says:

    Sounds good! Thank you for sharing!