Oh So Good Fruit Bars

Looking for a not to sweet bar for Stella to take in her lunch or I could grab during the day when needed.  I tried this recipe out of a cookbook I have had for 25+ years, but it was too sweet and I wanted more protein – so I got to work on  changing it up to fit what I was looking for.

Have you ever gone to use your brown sugar and it was hard?  Well that is what happened to me when I went to make these bars.  A quick fix – measure out the amount that you need to use and place in a glass, oven proof bowl, sprinkle with water, mix and stick into a 300 degree oven.  Check regularly – this will soften the brown sugar for your use.  Do not put this back into your brown sugar stash.

Fruit Bars

Fruit bar done

Crust Ingredients

3/4  cup spelt flour (you could use white or wheat)
1/2 cup almond meal
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened

Topping Ingredients

2 eggs
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup spelt flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 cup seedless raisins, chopped
1/2 cup dried cherries, chopped
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
1/2 cup crispy pecans, chopped

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Blend together all crust ingredients.

Fruit bar crust ingredients

3. Press the crust mixture into the bottom of an 8×8 or small Pyrex casserole pan.

Fruit bar crust

Fruit bar crust firm

4. Bake for 10 minutes.

5. While the bottom is baking, make the topping.  Beat the eggs well.

6. Gradually add the brown sugar and then the flour, salt and baking powder.

7. Add the raisins, cherries, coconut and pecans mixing by hand and incorporate into batter.

8. Spoon the batter over the baked crust.

Fruit bar topping

9. Bake for another 25 minutes.

10. Cool and cut bars with a sharp knife, have to cut through the dried fruit.

Makes about 2 dozen bars, depending of the size you cut them!

These bars stay together, are chewy and not overly sweet.   They were a huge hit in our house and I think they will be in yours!  They freeze well.

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2 Responses to Oh So Good Fruit Bars

  1. Candace says:

    Good recipe adaptation. They sound good and nutritious. Good at a coffee shop. : )

  2. Jo says:

    I just read that if you put 2 marshmellows in the brown sugar it will stay soft!

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