Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Do-It Yourself Fruit-and-Nut Energy Bars

This recipe was lifted from the pages of Family Fun Magazine. It's so simple it's fun to make with your kids! And they love watching the Cuisinart smash everything together too. By the way, there's probably nothing wrong with dipping them in chocolate... They're handy to pack for a hike.

To make apple-pecan bars: grind 1/3 pecans in a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Transfer the nuts to a bowl, then process 1/3 cup each pitted dates and dried apples. Add the nuts and a pinch of cinnamon, then process until the mixture holds together like play-dough. Divide it into portions and mold into bars or bite-size cubes, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate. Makes 6 bars or 18 cubes.

Other combinations:
Apricot muffins: 1/3 cup each dates, dried apricots and almonds
Cherry tart: 1/3 cup each dates, dried cherries and walnuts
Peanut butter snaps: 2/3 cup dates, 1/3 cup peanuts, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla, and a pinch of salt

Or make your own combo! Just use 1/3 cup nuts and 2/3 cup dried fruit (dates make a great "glue")

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