We often find ourselves craving something sweet and baked during the workday. One alternative to a cookie or brownie? Bringing in a snack that both satisfies the craving and lets you feel good about what you're eating—like these fruit and nut bars! They're the best of both worlds, with added protein and omega-3s with the nuts and fiber from the dried fruit, light on added sugar and fat! Recipe from Joy of Baking.

8 Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 cups dried fruit (use a mix, such as apricots, dates, and cherries)
  • 1 1/2 cups dry roasted nuts (again, mix it up! Try pecans and almonds)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line an 8-by-8 inch baking pan with parchment paper, or coat with nonstick spray.
  2. Coarsely chop fruit and nuts until most pieces are relatively uniform in size. Set aside.
  3. Whisk flour, baking soda, and baking powder together in a large bowl until evenly combined. Add sugar, fruit, and nuts, and mix to coat all fruit and nuts with the flour mixture.
  4. In a separate bowl, beat egg with vanilla until frothy and thick, about 2 minutes. Stir egg into flour mixture until evenly mixed. Spread mixture into prepared pan, using a spatula to smooth out the top.
  5. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until golden brown.
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