Saturday, 30 April 2016

No Bake Fruit and Nut Bars


Dried fruit is something I always have in my breakfast cupboard. I love it chopped on porridge, mixed with my cereal or even to munch on when I feel peckish. One of my family's favorite snack is these dried fruit and nut bars, they are easy to make and perfect for breakfast or snacks.































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No Bake Fruit and Nut Bars
Healthy and delicious fruit and nut bars that are perfect for snacks or healthy breakfast.
Ingredients:
  • 6 Dried Apricots
  • 6 Dried Dates
  • 3 Dried Prunes
  • 6 Dried Figs
  • 1 cup mixed Finely chopped dried pineapple, dried papaya and dried mango
  • 1/2 cup Coarsely chopped Almonds and cashew nuts
  • 1 tablespoon Golden Syrup
  • Vanilla essence 1 teaspoon
  • 1 tablespoon Cocoa Powder
  • 100 g White Chocolate
  • For Garnish 1 tablespoon finely sliced Pistachio nut and Almonds ( I have coloured my almonds red by putting the sliced almonds in a ziplock bag with a couple of drops of food colouring and shaking the bag. Transfer the coloured almonds on to a tray with kitchen paper and allow to dry. Use them for garnish as required)
Method:
1. Line 2 mini loaf tins with cling film and keep aside.2. Make sure there are no stones in the dried apricots and dates .3. Add the apricots, dates, prunes,figs, dried pineapple, papaya and mango in food processor/ blender (I used my Optimum 9400) and pulse to chop the fruit. Do not make a paste of the fruit, it needs to be in small pieces.4. Transfer the chopped fruit to a large bowl, add to it the almonds and cashnuts, golden syrup,cocoa powder and vanilla and mix everything together.You should me able to pinch a fistful of the mixture and it should hold shape.5. Press the mixture tightly in to the two mini loaf tins lined with cling film and pack the mixture tightly, smoothing it with the back of a spoon.6. Break the chocolate into small pieces and put it in a glass microwaveable bowl, Microwave the chocolate in 30 second intervals until the chocolate is melted.7. Pour the melted chocolate on top of the fruit and nut mixture and tap the tins to smooth out the chocolate.8. Sprinkle on top of the chocolate the sliced pistachio and colourd almonds.Place the loaf tins in the fridge to set for 2 hours.9. Remove the loaf tins from the fridge and using a blunt knife run it around the edge to release the fruit and nut bars. Lift the bars out using the cling film.10. Once de moulded , discard the cling film and slice the fruit and nut bars into 6 mm thick slices using a sharp knife.For a smooth cut, use a serrated knife dipped in hot water .
Details
Prep time: Cook time: None Total time: Yield: 18 slices



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I used my Optimum 9400 to chop my fruit and nuts  . The Optimum 9400  is a powerful blender that grinds, pulses, chops, grates, cooks and makes icecreams at a flick of a switch. You can read a review about my Froothie Optimum 9400 here.
At the moment  the Optimum 9400 is available at a special offer introductory price of £339 which includes a 30 day trial so that you can return it back postage free if you are not totally satisfied with it. I love options like this because I feel that if I do invest in a gadget I want peace of mind that I can be100 percent happy with it.Also being a brand ambassador for Froothie any one purchasing through this post can you can get  Extra 2 years warranty to get this use the code "Special Ambassador Offer" on purchase

42 comments:

  1. Oh, they look so delicious! I need to try this recipe. :) I've been experiencing with breakfast bars (mainly oats-based), but I've never thought about adding white chocolate (or anything similar).

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  2. Yum, these looks very good. Mich x

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  3. Wow they looks fab and the no bake part is really interesting x

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  4. Oh these look sooo tasty!! I've been making my own flap jack recently to take with me when I'm on the go but this looks like an even better option! xxx

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  5. These look and sound delicious. Plus no bake sounds perfect to me!

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  6. Absolutely gorgeous! I am right into no bake recipes lately, simple to prepare and so much better for you then a muesli bar or pre-packaged breakfast bar. I cannot wait to try this. Yum!

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  7. ooohhhh these sound delicious, will need to give them a go. I buy Nakd bars but a home made alternative sounds good. Love your tip for colouring almonds, one I must try, they look so pretty.

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  8. Mmm these look absolutely amazing! Bet they taste fantastic too.

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  9. These look so tasty! Interesting that they're no bake too!

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  10. These look and sound amazing, I am going to have to try these x

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  11. These look really really good! Man, you are a master of the naughty healthy treats!

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  12. These look just absolutely delicious and I like that they are no bake x

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  13. These look so pretty, what a lovely idea and no-bake sweet treats are right up my street!

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  14. That's a lovely mix of dried fruit Nayna. I love apricots, prunes, dates and figs. Your bars look super pretty too. Thanks for sharing my chocolate date truffles.

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  15. These look delicious! Perfect for breakfasts on the go.

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  16. These look fab! We're always looking to add healthier snack options with us having two young boys and would double up as breakfast for me..win win!

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  17. Oh wow these sound fantastic - I love the fact they don't need cooking as well, makes it more simple to make. x

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  18. i love how these are no bake as i don't have an oven. i love eating these

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  19. You've tickled my taste buds with this I fancied fruit cake today but this sounds delicious

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  20. They look interesting! Would love to taste them

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  21. These look like a great idea and I love the addition of the white chocolate, yum!

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  22. We baked today. Fruit cake. Going to try this next x

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  23. I like the look of these. I think my husband's runner friends would like these before a run.

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  24. I like the look of these. I think my husband's runner friends would like these before a run.

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  25. They look so nice and colourful.. kids will be delighted to see them.

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  26. I love the garnish on the top of these Nayna, so pretty.

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  27. Oh my goodness, those look and sound amazing. My boys would eat them every day if they could!

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  28. These looks delicious, love no bake recipes

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  29. These look perfect to make for the boys lunchboxes. Thank you

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  30. These sound delicious and so pretty too!

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  31. These look amazing I love dried fruit but never realised it was this simple to make. I will have to try and make these X

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  32. These look great for the kids to grab at breakfast or out in their lunch box for school :)

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  33. These look and sound amazing. I'm not Mary Berry but I will have a go at making these myself

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  34. What an interesting recipe, all those lovely dried fruits bringing a natural sweetness, sounds amazing. The Optimum Froothie must be a really powerful blender to chop all these fruits.

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  35. These sound like a great way to start the day.

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  36. Not having to figure the oven out to bake these is perfect! They look absolutely delicious, I must give them a try. x

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  37. These sound lovely, perfect if you don't particularly like baking.... like me ;)

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  38. I was all ready to say 'Eurgh' but actually, I am intrigued by these and think they look and sound better than Nakd bars.

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  39. These sound so delicious and yet healthy. Perfect!

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  40. These are so easy to make as you do not have to use the oven

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  41. These look very yummy and easy to make. I might have to give these a try xxx

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  42. They look delicious I need to try do these ..

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