No-Bake Fruit and Nut Bars with Nutella

by on April 26, 2012

I used to love granola bars as a kid. Especially the ones with chocolate chips or a chocolate coating on them, but somewhere along the life’s journey, the love affair ended.

Then, about a year ago, we were on the road and we had stopped in an REI to pick up some supplies. Needing  a quick pick-me-up, I grudgingly sorted through their health/power/energy/granola/random-good-for-you-so-you-can-go-all-day-but-tastes-like-crap bars.

I looked for something at least somewhat appealing.  After all, it had been years since I’d given anything in the granola bar classification a chance. Finally I settled on  a fruit and nut bar. Couldn’t be that bad, right? It looked about as appealing as a bar could through cellophane packaging. 

Damn! That bar was good. Maybe it was just the low blood sugar talking, but bars were back on the menu for me. Ever since then, I’ve been searching and experimenting  with recipes which get my mojo goin’.

A couple days ago Diane found a recipe for a no-bake fruit and nut bar in Sunset magazine. I was intrigued. I had yet to find the bar I had been searching for so I gave this one a shot.

Reading through the recipe, mentally tasting the ingredients, I was pretty sure this one would be good. Simple, quick, lots of nuts and dried fruit. A little hit of chocolate. I didn’t have a couple of the ingredients and it was too nice of a day to waste it running to the store, so I subbed in nutella for the almond butter and honey for the brown rice syrup.

End result was excellent. Better than I had even expected. We’ve been loving recipes with dried apricots in them lately and the apricots were the perfect compliment to the roasted almonds and dried sour cherries. The puffed brown rice was just enough to add texture and not get in the way of the almonds and dried fruit. And the nutella and chocolate are always winners for us. The recipe was a winner. Loved it. Hope you like them as much as we did.

-Todd

 

 

Fruit and Nut Bar Recipe

Yield: 20 Bars

Total Time: 20 Minutes

Adapted into a no-bake nutella bar from recipe found in Sunset Magazine. Substitute any preferred dried fruits or nuts you like best.

Ingredients:

  • 2 c puffed Brown Rice Cereal
  • 1 c Dried Apricots, cut in quarters (Cherries, Blueberries, Strawberries, Apricots, Apples, ect.)
  • 1 c Dried Tart Cherries
  • 1 1/2 c Roasted Almonds *see note 1 for roasting raw almonds (or other preferred Nut)
  • 1/2 c chopped Dark Chocolate or Chocolate Chips
  • 2 T unsalted Butter
  • 2 T packed Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 c Honey
  • 1/4 c Nutella
  • Sea Salt or Kosher Salt

Directions:

Line an 8"x8" pan with foil and lightly butter foil.

  1. In a large bowl combine puffed brown rice cereal, dried fruits, almonds, and chocolate. Set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan heat butter, brown sugar, honey, and nutella over medium heat until butter melts, whisking until mixture is smooth. Pour over cereal mixture and stir until completely coated.
  3. Spread into prepared 8"x8" pan and press firmly down.  Lightly sprinkle sea salt on top of bars. Chill until firm, about 1 hour.
  4. Using the foil, lift bars out of pan. Cut in half, then cut into preferred bar width.

*Note 1: Roasting Raw Almonds

  • Preheat oven to 350° F.
  • Spread raw almonds out in a sheet pan. Roast for 12 minutes or until lightly browned and aromatic.
Recipe Source: WhiteOnRiceCouple.com.

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{ 38 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Averie @ Averie Cooks April 26, 2012 at 11:01 pm

Wow, I love everything about this recipe. First and foremost…Nutella! And the chunky dried fruit, the puffy rice, the honey, and the contrasting textures, flavors, the color contrast in the pics…I love it! And it’s no-bake. Perfect!

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2 sreebindu April 27, 2012 at 12:38 am

crack on =) Munching whole day.!!
xoxo

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3 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar April 27, 2012 at 4:07 am

Oh wow! What a fabulous nut bar! Great for after a run. Yum!

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4 Blog is the New Black April 27, 2012 at 4:26 am

I simply need to SEE the word nutella and I swoon…

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5 Angel Court Jewels April 27, 2012 at 6:46 am

One word and I know it’s good…NUTELLA!!! Sounds great.

Courtney

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6 Maria April 27, 2012 at 7:30 am

I love a good bar and this one is loaded with all of my favorites!

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7 Jennifer Yu via Facebook April 27, 2012 at 7:34 am

pack em up, bring them (and you) out – let’s go for a hike! xo

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8 Jack Tanksley via Facebook April 27, 2012 at 7:35 am

Paula, it seems you just don’t have time for bad days. Amazing outlook!

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9 Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking April 27, 2012 at 7:39 am

Im glad your low blood sugar prompted the creation of this glorious bar. I can’t wait to test these out!

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10 Marian (Sweetopia) April 27, 2012 at 7:48 am

I feel the same way… Excitement for trying a new granola bar usually dissipates after the first bite (disappointment). Looking forward to trying these!

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11 susan April 27, 2012 at 7:57 am

what a great treat and this could be adapted with gluten free cereal for my little levi! I have always wanted to make homemade nutella – this could be just the excuse I have been looking for!!

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12 Marissa | Pinch&Swirl April 27, 2012 at 9:06 am

These look delicious – love the Nutella twist AND that these are no bake – fun! I have to ask what density of cacao is in that chocolate you used – looks so deep-dark…

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13 White on Rice Couple April 27, 2012 at 8:01 pm

I don’t know for sure since it is from a bulk block a local store cuts down, but I think it is about 65%. It is very tasty!

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14 Vishtasp Firoz Pajnigar via Facebook April 27, 2012 at 9:24 am

Sounds really yummy and easy to make…and a great daytime snack before I hit the gym in the evenings :-)

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15 Nicole, RD April 27, 2012 at 12:14 pm

What’s not to love about these? Any excuse to eat Nutella ;)

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16 Allie@LiveLaughEat April 27, 2012 at 12:24 pm

The kids I watch adore Nutella! I will have to make these for them…you know, to hypnotize them :)

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17 Marcie April 27, 2012 at 1:42 pm

I just made these! These are wonderful! Packed them up and taking them on a bike trip this weekend. Will be excited to share them with others!

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18 LaWanda April 27, 2012 at 7:44 pm

Oh, I so wanna make these; however, I am not familiar with “puffed brown rice cereal”. Could you give me an example or brand? Thanks.

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19 White on Rice Couple April 27, 2012 at 7:57 pm

The one we have is from our local Sprouts sold under their house label. The article mentioned that Whole Foods will also sell a puffed brown rice cereal. Arrowhead Mills also has this one. You could always use rice crispies if you can’t find any.

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20 Kate {Something Fabulous} April 28, 2012 at 12:45 am

Yum, these look so delicious and easy to make! Now I’m hungry!

Kate {Something Fabulous}
http://thesomethingfabulous.blogspot.com

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21 Susan in the Boonies April 28, 2012 at 5:15 am

It really does sound great, Todd!

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22 heidi April 29, 2012 at 4:45 pm

Love the recipe! I always look forward to reading your blogs. On a side note, I have been seeing lots of stuff online about brown rice syrup having high amounts of arsenic. Might be worth your time checking it out. I found it on sites relating to children and babies where it’s often used in organic baby foods.

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23 White on Rice Couple April 29, 2012 at 6:03 pm

Thanks for the heads up on the brown rice syrup. Glad we made these with honey instead!

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24 Lori Lynn April 29, 2012 at 5:14 pm

Like you, these type of bars have been off my radar for a long long time. Well, looking at your version, not any longer. The cross-section photo tells the whole story.
LL

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25 Helen in CA April 30, 2012 at 3:20 pm

Sounds yummy. Also sounds STICKY. How does this travel? ‘Cause in our family, bars like this are eaten “on the road” or “on the trail”.

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26 White on Rice Couple April 30, 2012 at 5:24 pm

In 75 degree weather, the bars have a bit of a chocolate-melted-in-the-hand touch to them. We wrap each one in a bit of parchment paper for the on-the-go usage.

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27 Colleen May 16, 2012 at 4:49 pm

These are amazing. To make them a bit more healthy, I tried using who wheat oats in place of cereal and I used half the honey and half the brown sugar the recipe calls for. They still turned out fantastic!

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28 Adam @ Maki Zavelli May 29, 2012 at 8:00 pm

I’ve never been interested in making granola bar type things, but I think this has finally convinced me to give it a try. Looks super good.

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29 Ria May 30, 2012 at 12:52 pm

How long do things like this stay good for? I can’t imagine they’ll last very long, but I’ve always been curious about the longevity of homemade bars like these.

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30 White on Rice Couple May 31, 2012 at 9:23 am

After a couple days the brown rice cereal is slightly less crispy, but the texture is still quite nice, just different than how it originally felt like. Otherwise ours have only lasted a little over a week+ before the batches have been completely eaten, so it is hard to say what its full life is.

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31 Emma May 31, 2012 at 7:07 pm

I made these with dark chocolate peanut butter instead of nutella for my girlfriend who doesn’t like nutella and they were awesome!!

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32 Rachelle @ PictureSmiths June 4, 2012 at 9:32 pm

Oh, most excellent!!! I have been looking for a recipe like this for a long time! How would you describe it–chewy? Crunchy? I love the simplicity of the ingredients and how easily it’s put together. Thank you for sharing the recipe and the lovely photos. :)

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33 Avi July 4, 2012 at 9:15 pm

Thank you! I made these twice already- once as is, and once with my own variations, and my kids loved them.
I switched the nutella for carob spread, the cherries for cranberries and raisins, the honey for date syrup, and some of the almonds for pecans. I also cut out the sugar completely – they were still sweet enough for my kids.

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34 lucia September 2, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Do you by any chance know the nutritional value of these gorgeous bars?

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35 White on Rice Couple September 3, 2012 at 8:24 am

Sorry lucia. No idea. We only go for the deliciousness value and haven’t ever figured out the nutritional value. ;)

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36 Chelsea January 12, 2013 at 12:42 pm

Love the recipe… just thought I would let you know that your image and the exact recipe is on this blog. They have a link back to you, but are breaking your copywrite statement. always like to help a fellow blogger!

http://sweetlittlethang.wordpress.com/2013/01/01/homemade-nutella-fruit-nut-bars/

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37 White on Rice Couple January 14, 2013 at 12:20 pm

Thanks so much. Glad you loved the recipe too!

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38 Lizzy (Good Things) May 30, 2013 at 7:31 am

Oh I am so going to make these!

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