No Bake Fruit and Nut Bars

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

This recipe was inspired by my almost daily KIND bar obsession. They are amazing all natural energy bars. I am the type of person who always reads the ingredient labels of whatever I buy. I realized that these would not be that hard to make yourself. So I came up with my own little version.

What you will need:
  • 1 1/2 cup of assorted nuts
  • 1 cup of unsweetened dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup of Honey
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut butter
I read that the best way to get everything evenly chopped up and blended together was to use a food processor. We HAVE one. We got one for a wedding present. It was still in the box and has never been opened...until the other day. I was SO excited to use my super nifty little chopper helper. I pulled every thing out and started reading the directions and thought, "Screw it this is WAY too confusing." I put it back in the box and did the ole chop everything up with a hammer method. Worked like a charm :)


Once all the nuts are nicely chopped (hammered) up, add the cranberries and honey. Blend everything together.

Stir in 2 tablespoons of coconut butter. This stuff is SO good for you by the way.

Evenly distribute the mixture and store in the refrigerator until it has hardened.

Cut up your little bars and enjoy!

60 comments:

{The Perfect Palette} said...

mmmmmmmm any recipe with the words 'no bake' in it is right up my alley!


xoxo, chrissy
The Perfect Palette

Mongs said...

haha..what a hilarious email. Could it be for real? Haha.. I never knew it's so easy to make a fruit and nut bar, I've been buying off the shelves and additives included. Thank you for sharing this important recipe.

love,mongs
mythriftycloset.blogspot.com

Juggling in Heels said...

I am a HUGE fan of Kind bars so this is right up my alley. I will have to try these out!

Sarah

Www.jugglinginheels.blogspot.com

Tonia @ TheGunnySack.com said...

You mean you are not going to help him out? What a shame ;) The bars look delicious as well as filling! A great snack!

sherri lynn said...

These sound so good! I like that I don't have to bake them! I need to try coconut butter. If it's healthy I'll try it :)

Oh and I get those emails all the time too! Sometimes it's from a random prince or princess too - so weird!

Traci said...

This sounds sooooo good!! I'm going to try them this weekend. I'm always looking for a healthy snack. I've never had coconut butter.

Christina said...

LOL! I mean really are these scams still going around?!

Anywho, I am SO making this recipe I know everyone will love it!
Thanks for sharing!
xoxo

Andrea@Fancy That! said...

I remember getting the same thing...like five years ago!

Delicious recipe. Too bad I'm quite allergic to many nuts!

A Northern Girl With A Southern Heart said...

That looks amazing. I really wish I liked nuts, I'll have to try something else haha

Shona said...

Wow! how thrifty! Sounds pretty easy too.....thanks for sharing!

SaffaKate said...

Congratulations on your fortune!
Coming from a South African, any Prime Minister of Zimbabwe would probably keep the money. LOL!
Those bars look yummy and probably perfect for my camping trip this weekend!

Frk. Smed said...

You could tell them to send the check by mail instead ;)

The recipe sounds really nice, I am looking forward to make this as a snack when school starts again.

Rebecca - A Daily Something said...

ahaha, re: the spam email. I've gotten a few, but def not daily. Your nut bars look so so tasty, and healthy!

Mindy said...

Hey, I've got some oceanfront property in Kentucky for ya too. :o)

Those bars sound amazing. I've never seen/bought/used/had coconut butter before.

Leslie *Fresh Out of Lemons* said...

Whoooooa! Those look GOOD! Pinning! (Must find coconut butter...)

Gentri said...

That is so awesome! Wow! I so need to try this!

Mary Lane said...

I've never even heard of coconut butter before! These look delicious.

http://www.stylish3.com/marylane

Alexa said...

Okay am definitely trying these. And I know what you mean about those emails. Just nuts (haha...no pun intended).
xo
Alexa

Amanda said...

These look YUMMY! Gonna have to try them!

Jennifer said...

Wow looks good and love that it is no bake. No heating that oven in the middle of a hot summer:) I get those crazy emails too. The sad part is as ridiculous as it looks to us there are still people out there who fall for that:(

Anne said...

These look fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

sarah said...

yumm... great recipe! :)

Danielle said...

no bake? those are my kind of recipes :)

Mom of 12 said...

Those look so good! I love coconut and chocolate.
Sandy

Lindsay said...

Yes, no-bake is my kind of snack. :) Yummy!

Ps--I just finished making some of your polymer clay earrings. Super cute, I think I need to make them smaller though. :)

elaine said...

yummy! will try! I hope you continue blogging after you receive your (mulitple) million dollar 'prizes'. ;)

Anna said...

They sound so good. I'm always amazed at people who make up their own recipes. Clever!
AnnaX

Andrea @ Strawberry Chic said...

Those look delicious hopefully I can try them soon! What a crazy e-mail...I am so glad I have yet to receive anything like that in my inbox!

Brandi said...

Those look so good! How do you get the pictures to come out so clear?

Stephanie said...

These looks so good! I have them "pinned"! :)

Meg {henninglove} said...

yum yum lindsay! great recipe in the summer when it is too hot and you don't want to heat up the stove to bake something!

Paislea Elyse said...

ahhhhh! these look amazing!!!! thanks for sharing! i'm going to the grocer tonight and i'll have to pick up ingredients to make these! so yummy!!!

thanks for visiting my blog as well! i appreciate your comment!!

allister bee blog

Anne @ Domesblissity said...

They look so good Lindsay and I'll be bookmarking this recipe for our summer. My sister uses that coconut oil and the naturopath reminded me of it yesterday too. I'll definitely be getting some.

Anne xx

Kendall and Luke said...

This is the perfect little healthy snack for my hubby and I...way better than the popcorn and movie candy we fancy :) And thanks for the comment on my blog! It makes my day when someone new leaves a message!

Sharstin said...

coconut butter--say what? sounds amazing~ these look fab girly!

Tereza said...

Thanks for visiting my blog :) These nut bars look delicious, I will have to try and make some! thanks for the post

Collins @ Life. Mostly Sweet. said...

Um, first of all I have to admit that in the beginning of this post I read kind bar as kind bud. Don't judge...just being honest. I am such a nerd!
As a side note those bars really do look delicious. My favorite are kashi bars and they look a lot alike! :)

Grace said...

Mmmhmm, YUMMAY! I love nuts and granola-type bars

xx Grace
Dream-Boating

Miss Lindsay said...

I can totally make this!! Saving this.
o0o0 the same Prime Minster has been contacting me ... must be targeting Lindsays? haha

Rachael said...

Get out of my head! I was just thinking, "Man, I'm always on the go, and I would love to have some kind of home-made, delicious, cereal-ish bar, like elves carry on long treks for energy." Actually, don't get out of my head cuz then I can't have super-spot-on/eerily well-timed advice/recipes like I do get from you.
When I make this, which I most certainly will very soon, I'll take pics and credit you.

Question 1: What's so good for you about coconut oil? My aunt puts it in an egg white mixture for a morning shake but it looks scary fattening to me.

Question 2: Do you have a recommendation for a cleanser for someone who doesn't wear makeup (i.e. my 11 year old sister?)

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Rachael- hahah!! You crack me up girl! Coconut butter is rich in lauric acid, which boosts immunity and destroys harmful bacteria and viruses. It has a ton of other health benefits but I don't want to bore you ;) Here is a good link..

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/023563.html#ixzz1UhArYRkq

Neutrogena has a newish naturals line that has a great cleanser that would be a perfect starting cleanser for your sis.

Here is the link
http://naturals.neutrogena.com/

Val said...

Lindsay, these look incredible!!! Thanks for sharing!

E @ Act Fast Chef said...

Wow! Awesome. I love KIND bars - I am addicted to them too :)

That's Ron said...

great idea!

Jackie said...

I hate getting those types of emails. I will have to try this out. I've been wanting to make something similar to this and even better when it's a no bake recipe.

Jackie

alissa {33shadesofgreen} said...

I LOVE Kind bars - yours look just as good if not better! Yum.

Brynn {chartreuse and a twist} said...

love this! i will definitely be making these at some point :) so perfect for hiking or bicycling! and LOVE your hammer method...totally reminds me of something i would do! p.s. i tried your honey-citrus sea scallops this week...YUM!!! xoxoxo brynn

Jo said...

looks great! you can serve them up to the prime minister with some tea if he ever comes by to chat :)

Veronica said...

your blog and photos are seriously amazing. love this recipe. thanks for sharing.

Amanda Browning said...

I made your zucchini fries and they were a huge hit...and now you have another awesome recipe for me to try! Sounds yum and great pics!

Chrissy Deming said...

Holy cow, those bars look AMAZING! I'm going to have to try these!!! :)

Carolynn Cecilia said...

These look delish!!! and if find a honey alternative they will be vegan friendly!

Katie said...

These look fabulous!! I'm totally trying this SOON!!! :)

www.StarHughes.com said...

First of all, I am totally with you on the hammer method!!! So much better than any fancy contraption :). And how funny about the random emails you're getting! So bizarre!! I'm glad to hear you aren't giving that fake email in Zimbabwe all of your bank account information :). Most importantly though, those bars look delicious! And really healthy too! Such a great idea girl!

Vickie said...

I just made these! OMG! All I can say is they are so easy and crazy delicious!

BellyGazer said...

Random question - will the bars stay together in one piece if they warm to room temperature, or do you have to eat them straight from the fridge?

arunareject said...

Perfect! Yours is the only F&N recipe I found without the "two cups of puffed rice cereal". Thanks for sharing. :) I'll play around with this.

arunareject said...

Thanks for sharing this simple, fun recipe. :) Nice photos. I never tried the store-bought fruit & nut bars, but I got turned on to making them, so I've been peeking at helpful blogs like yours. ;)

I just tried this with a 5oz box tropical fruit mix, orange peel of 2 navals, 1/2 cup white chocolate chips, 1/4 cup each of almonds & cashews. It came to roughly 2 1/2 cups of mix-ins. Then I added honey - about 1/4 cup - and about 1T of natural peanut butter because I don't have coconut butter. The mixture felt very wet even with half of your sticky ingredient ratio, so I was afraid to add more. Also added a sprinkling of cinnamon.

My mixture is chilling right now. I hope it slices up as nicely as yours did. If not, I'll have to eat it with a spoon again, and be careful with the portion size.

Unknown said...

Jennifer - Hi, can these be baked too? Now at the office found out the little squares (in tiny muffin paper cups) have fallen apart. Thank you for a very tasty recipe.

ayaan hussain said...

hey I dont have coconut butter ..what can i use in place of coconut butter

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