Whole Grain Fruit & Nut Bars for Healthy Plant-Based Snacking


This Whole Grain Fruit & Nut Bars recipe was originally shared with us by Jennifer McCann, back in her Vegan Lunchbox days. It’s amazingly oil-free, added sugar-free, dairy-free, and plant-based, but still enjoyed by kids and adults. These bars are also very easy to make. In fact, your kids might want to join in when making the dough. It’s a simple measure and combine process that encourages using your hands!

Whole Grain Fruit & Nut Bars Recipe - oil-free, added sugar-free, dairy-free, egg-free, and plant-based

Special Diet Notes: Whole Grain Fruit & Nut Bars

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, plant-based, oil-free, added sugar-free, and vegetarian.

Whole Grain Fruit & Nut Bars
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These easy bars are just sweet enough, and don't need any added sugar, in my family's opinion.
Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: American
Serves: 16 bars
  • 1 cup whole spelt flour (can sub whole wheat flour)
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped
  • ½ cup currants or finely chopped raisins
  • ½ cup dried apricots, chopped fine
  • ⅓ cup water
  • ¼ cup prune purée or 1 (2.5-ounce) container baby prunes
  1. Preheat your oven to 325ºF and lightly grease an 8x8-inch baking dish.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the spelt flour, oats, walnuts, currants or raisins, dried apricots, water, and prune puree until combined. You'll want to knead it with your hands until a good, stiff dough forms. Add a tablespoon of water if the mixture is too dry.
  3. Press the dough firmly and evenly into your prepared baking dish. Cut into squares or long bars with a sharp knife before placing in the oven.
  4. Bake the bars for 25 to 30 minutes, until baked through but still soft (don’t overbake them or the bars will be tough).
  5. Store leftover bars in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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