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Homemade Fruit & Nut Bars

We recently tried out this recipe by health and food blogger, Emily Malone, and we HAD to share it you guys! The prep is quick and simple, and the ingredients are packed with vitamins and nutrients. The result is a delicious, healthy, sweet treat! Check it out below and be sure to visit www.dailygarnish.com for more amazing recipes and tips!

Ingredients (12-14 bars)
1 cup whole almonds, roughly chopped
1 cup walnut pieces, roughly chopped
1/2 cup whole apricots, roughly chopped
1/2 cup dried cranberries, roughly chopped
1/2 cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
2 tablespoons crystallized ginger, minced
2 tablespoons hemp seeds
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1/4 cup almond meal
1/2 cup organic brown rice syrup
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
2. These are ridiculously simple to make, and now that I know that I’m hoping to throw together a big batch each weekend to keep in our pantry all week long.
3. Start by measuring out the almonds and walnuts. It is important to note that these measurements were taken when the nuts were still whole, not after they had been chopped (same goes for dried fruit).
4. Add all of the nuts, dried fruit, and seeds to a big bowl, and stir to combine.
5. You can sub in (and out!) whatever fruit and nuts you prefer and have on hand, but my advice would be to not skip the ginger. It gives a nice, unexpected punch to an otherwise relatively predictable flavor combination.
6. Stir in almond meal and pour brown rice syrup over the entire mixture. Stir thoroughly until the mixture is sticky and all components appear to have at least some syrup coating. You want it to be well mixed so it will hold together well after cooking!
7. Line a 9×13 baking dish with foil, leaving excess that hangs over the edges (you will need this to lift the bars out afterward). Spray or grease the foil so that nothing will stick.
8. Pour the fruit and nut mixture into the pan and press down so that the mixture is tightly packed into the pan. 9. Bake for 20 minutes.
10. After 20 minutes, the mixture will not appear to be set, but that’s okay. Pull it out and let it cool on the counter for about 15 minutes as is. Once that time has passed, the mixture should be set up and starting to harden a bit more. Use the excess foil to lift the entire mixture from the pan, and transfer to a cutting board.
11. Slice into even bars, but do not attempt to remove them from the foil just yet. They are still sticky and flimsy as they continue to harden, but you want to get them cut before they are too hard and cause breakage.
12. Allow bars to cool completely and harden, and then they should remove easily from the foil. Store with wax paper between them in an airtight container.
13. Enjoy!

[Recipe via Daily Garnish]

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