Let me start by saying that I’m not into dried fruit and nuts. Don’t get me wrong, I do know their nutritive value and how good they are for our health. So when I came across this interesting recipe from The Kitchn I said to myself that I should give it a try. I like the fact that it is super simple to make and it takes less than 5 minutes to put together. It’s the perfect company to a cup of coffee at breakfast or as a snack for when you’re going hiking. Did I mention you need only 3 ingredients? Crazy, right?
Before I start telling you about the things you need I have to confess that I didn’t follow the recipe as it was, I’ve played a little with it. I have used a mix of nuts and various dried fruit combination; I’ve also added candied ginger and a pinch of cardamom. I did use a cup of dates, but I plan to make another batch with figs, I’ll keep you posted.
- Nuts – 1 cup
- Dried fruit – 1 cup
- Dates – 1 cup
You will need a food processor set for chopping. All the ingredients go into the food processor and you mix it until it has a stickyand malleable consistency.
I love this one; it’s so versatile you can make these out of scraps you find in your pantry.
I used a mix of leftover nuts: almonds, hazelnuts, cashew and walnuts, in variable proportions but not more than a cup. If you want this recipe to be raw vegan you must use the nuts raw, I threw mine in a screaming hot pan for the sake of experimentation, but next I’ll try the raw version because it had a pronounced taste of roasted nuts.
I also used various dried fruits: gooseberries, cranberries, raisins, candied ginger and a mix of candied fruit (oranges and grapefruit) that we used to make the Easter cake.
When I reached the consistency I was pleased with I transferred the mixture onto a surface covered with plastic wrap, formed a cm thick square and refrigerated it overnight (it should stay in the fridge at least 4 hours before you cut it).
These bars are such a great alternative to “Fitness Bars” that I cansay I’vebeen converted.
Cook & Text: Stinga Simona
Photo: Ionela Stoica