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Dried-Fruit-and-Nut Health Bars

  • Yield: Makes 16
Dried-Fruit-and-Nut Health Bars

Photography: Bryan Gardner

Source: Martha Bakes


  • 1 cup (5 ounces) pitted dates
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • Vegetable oil cooking spray
  • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats, finely ground; or 1 cup quinoa flakes
  • 1 cup (4 1/2 ounces) pecans, toasted, half finely ground and half coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup unsalted macadamia nuts, toasted, half finely ground and half coarsely chopped
  • 1/3 cup dried papaya, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/3 cup (2 ounces) dried cherries, chopped
  • 1/3 cup (1 1/2 ounces) dried blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons oat bran
  • 3 tablespoons ground flaxseed
  • 2 tablespoons wheat germ
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place dates in a small saucepan, cover with cold water, and bring to a simmer. Drain reserving cooking water. Puree dates in a food processor with honey and 1/4 cup reserved cooking water until smooth.

  2. Coat an 8-inch square baking pan with cooking spray and line with parchment paper leaving a 2-inch overhang on all sides. Mix oats or quinoa flakes, nuts, papaya, cherries, blueberries, bran, flaxseed, wheat germ, salt, and cinnamon in a large bowl. Mix in date puree. The mixture should be moist enough to hold together. If necessary, add up to 1/2 cup more cooking water. Press mixture into pan.

  3. Bake until center is firm and edges are golden, about 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool in pan on a wire rack. Cut into 16 bars.

Reviews (2)

  • halcyon1 20 Apr, 2014

    Someone should tell Martha that honey is sugar. While making the energy bars she said at least twice that there's no added sugar. Then dumped in some honey! I knew it was too good to be true. Oh well, the dried fruit has plenty of sugar anyway.

  • Emilie Ahern 22 Jan, 2015

    The term "No Sugar Added" refers to man-made sugars like refined, granulated, sugar. Natural sugars, like those found in fruits and honey, are counted as No Sugar Added products, since the sugars occur naturally.

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