Fruit Snack Bars

20130428_071910 Keeping on track with my diet requires eating at least two snacks a day.  I am always looking for wholesome and easy snacks to take with me to work or to pack in the kid’s lunches.  I was buying a lot of cereal and protein bars. My criteria for acceptable bars to purchase was bars that were under 200 calories,  contained less than 12 grams of sugar, costs less than $2 a piece, and didn’t contain a bunch of crap.  I found myself spending way too much time in the snack bar aisle reading labels.  There were only a couple of brands that fit into my criteria, and even those all contained “soy lecithin.”

Apparently, soy lecithin is an emulsifier, and apparently it is a necessary ingredient in just about EVERYTHING. I had also heard and read a couple of articles about soy containing a compound that mimics estrogen, and that consuming large amounts of soy can trigger early puberty. (Yikes!)  Now, I try and take everything I hear and read with a grain of salt, and I’m not afraid to serve my family some tofu every now and then, or sprinkle some soy sauce on my rice.  I’m not kidding, however, when I say that soy lecithin is in everything, it is.  Start reading some labels, it’s even in the “healthy” foods.  So, I decided to save myself some money (and to hopefully spare my kids from early puberty), and make my own snack bars.

FRUIT SNACK BAR RECIPE

Dough:

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup whole wheat or spelt flour

1/4 cup rolled oats

1/4 cup oat bran

1/3 cup packed brown sugar

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp kosher salt

1/4 tsp cinnamon

4 Tablespoons coconut oil

1 tsp vanilla

2/3 cup almond milk

Filling:

1 cup dried fruit of choice

1/2 cup water

Note:  Our favorite is blueberry which can get a little pricey.  I’ve also tried fig, raisin, apricot, and cherry.  Be careful to buy dried fruit without a lot of added sugar.

Procedure:

1. Place flours, oats, oat bran, brown sugar, baking powder, and kosher salt in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse a few times to combine ingredients.

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2. Add the coconut oil.  Pulse the food processor five or six times to cut the oil into the flour mixture.  Note: I love baking with coconut oil.  It is solid at room temperature (like butter but better for you) and it gives your baked goods a nice flavor.

20130425_1706323. While the motor is running.  Add vanilla to almond milk, and slowly pour in the almond milk mixture until the mixture.  Pulse the mixture until it comes together in large clumps.

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4.  Dump dough mixture out onto a sheet of plastic wrap.

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5.  Pulling up the sides of the plastic wrap, form the dough into one large rectangle.

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6. Wrap the dough well with the plastic wrap, and set aside.

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7. Place the dried fruit and water in a saucepan.  Simmer slowly over low heat until the fruit incorporates most of the water.  Place fruit in the food processor and process until smooth.  Place the fruit mixture into a container with a lid.

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8.  Place the dough and the fruit mixture in the refrigerator and chill for at least two hours.

9.  Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Remove the dough from the fridge, unwrap, and cut into two equal pieces.  Dust your work surface with flour, and sprinkle the top of the dough with flour as well.

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10. Roll each piece into a 13 by 4 inch rectange.

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11. Spread half of the fruit mix evenly down each rectangle. Chef tip:  Get these little pastry spatulas, they come in real handy.  I have them in several sizes.

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12. Fold one long side of the dough over the fruit mixture. Brush the edge with water, and fold up the other side.  Press gently to seal the dough together.

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13.  Turn the whole package over, so it is seam side down.  Cut each package into seven rectangles, trimming up the edges.

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14. You should get fourteen bars. Place on a sheet tray lined with parchment paper.

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15.  Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes.  They should be golden brown and firm to the touch.  Enjoy!  Calories = 145 per bar.

3 thoughts on “Fruit Snack Bars

  1. Shelley

    Hi Katie! Wow, it has been a long time… How are you guys?! I can’t believe how old Will and Lydia are! I mean, obviously they are older, it’s just kind of crazy how time passes so quickly. The picture of them is so cute!

    So, I was just looking through facebook posts and saw your recipe, I can’t wait to try it! I recently decided to become vegan and more conscious of what we eat/buy. I have been doing the same thing as you in the snack bar

    aisle, trying to find healthy bars that don’t have a lot of crap and aren’t a fortune! I have been making my own granola bars which are easy, tasty, nutritious (minus the chocolate).

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    1. kfskinnychef

      Hey Shel! Hope you are well. We’ve just recently moved to Asheville, NC. You should try the bars – they are vegan! I saw Andy’s FB post of Macey playing the drums. Very cute!

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