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Fruit and Nut Bars

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A quick, easy, and healthy snack for both children and adults, these come together in a matter of minutes if you have a food processor. I always take them on road trips, and I have to keep them on the highest shelf in the refrigerator to keep the kids from tearing into them. Use whatever combination of nuts and dried fruit that sounds good to you. My friend often uses dates and peanuts; I use figs and walnuts here but have tried at least a dozen different combinations, all with good results.

If you don’t have a food processor, you can still make these easily (though not quite as quickly) by using a knife to finely chop everything with a knife.

Ingredients

2 cups dried fruit (Turkish figs pictured above)

2 cups nuts (walnuts pictured above)dried fruit (Turkish figs pictured above)

Pinch of kosher salt

1. Line a small rectangular pan (an 8′ x 6″ x 2″ dish works nicely) with parchment paper and set aside. If the dried fruit is large and/or tough (like dried figs), roughly chop them and place them in a bowl and cover with hot water for 5 minutes to soften, then drain the excess water. If you are using something like raisins, this step isn’t always necessary.

2. Place nuts into a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Make sure not to process them too far into nut butter- stop once they are finely chopped. Remove to a medium bowl. Process the dried fruit until mostly smooth with a few chunks in it.

3. Add the fruit and salt to the nuts and mix well with your hands. Once the nuts and fruit are fully incorporated into each other, press the mixture into the parchment lined pan. Cover the dish and refrigerate for a few hours, then remove and slice into bars. Store the bars individually wrapped, in the refrigerator, for several days (if they last that long).


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