su-No-bake Chewy Fruit and Nut Bars
Photo: Annabelle Breakey
Yields Makes 20 (serving size: 1 bar) Total Time 20 mins
AuthorCharity Ferreira,
Like a cross between Rice Krispies Treats and Italian panforte (fruitcake), these bars are based on a recipe from Healthy in a Hurry (Weldon Owen, 2012; $30) by Karen Ansel and Charity Ferreira.

How to Make It

Step 1
1

Line an 8-in. square pan with foil. Butter foil. In a large bowl, stir together cereal, cherries, almonds, apricots, and chocolate.

Step 2
2

Combine 2 tbsp. butter, the sugar, syrup, almond butter, and salt in a small saucepan and cook, stirring, over medium heat until butter melts and mixture is smooth. Bring to a simmer and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly to prevent scorching. Immediately pour bubbling mixture over cereal mixture and stir until well combined.

Step 3
3

Press mixture firmly into prepared pan, using lightly buttered hands. Chill until firm, about 1 hour. Tip out of pan onto a work surface and peel off foil. Using a sharp buttered knife, quarter mixture and then cut each quarter into 5 bars.

Step 4
4

*Find at natural-foods stores and Whole Foods Market.

Ingredients

 1 1/2 cups puffed brown rice cereal*
 1 cup dried tart cherries
 1 cup whole roasted unsalted or raw almonds
 2/3 cup chopped dried apricots
 1/4 cup finely chopped bittersweet chocolate
  About 2 tbsp. butter
 2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
 1/2 cup brown rice syrup*
 1/4 cup creamy almond butter
 1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions

Step 1
1

Line an 8-in. square pan with foil. Butter foil. In a large bowl, stir together cereal, cherries, almonds, apricots, and chocolate.

Step 2
2

Combine 2 tbsp. butter, the sugar, syrup, almond butter, and salt in a small saucepan and cook, stirring, over medium heat until butter melts and mixture is smooth. Bring to a simmer and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly to prevent scorching. Immediately pour bubbling mixture over cereal mixture and stir until well combined.

Step 3
3

Press mixture firmly into prepared pan, using lightly buttered hands. Chill until firm, about 1 hour. Tip out of pan onto a work surface and peel off foil. Using a sharp buttered knife, quarter mixture and then cut each quarter into 5 bars.

Step 4
4

*Find at natural-foods stores and Whole Foods Market.

No-bake Chewy Fruit and Nut Bars