DIY Fruit & Nut Bars

alignyo yoga recipes: DIY healthy fruit and nut bars
How to make your own healthy fruit and nut bars.
Recipes by Jenne Claiborne

Stop splurging on your favorite snack bars and instead make your own using this healthy vegan and gluten-free recipe from Jenné Claiborne. 

In my opinion the best snack to “grab-and-go” is a fruit and nut bar. Think Larabar! They’re sweetened with dates, and filled with healthy nuts and/or seeds. Did you know you can easily make a Larabar at home? In my experience the DIY bars are way tastier and healthier. Not to mention, less expensive.

You get to choose which nuts and seeds you want to add. I like to use a wide variety of seeds that provide a range of nutrients. For example, hemp seeds are high in omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, magnesium, phosphorus and more. In my opinion, no bar is complete without hemp seeds. Chia seeds are also full of omega-3s, along with impressive amounts of fiber and protein. I add pumpkin seeds for extra iron and zinc, sesame for calcium, and almonds and sunflower seeds provide plenty of vitamin E.

The recipe below is for my classic bars. Use your favorite nuts and seeds and get creative with the dried fruits and spices you use. All you need is a food processor, and within minutes you’ll have delicious bars that make a Larabar look like an off-brand candy bar.

DIY Fruit + Nut Bars

makes about 12 bars depending on how you cut them.

  • 1 cup almonds
  • ½ cup hemp seeds
  • ¼ cup chia seeds
  • ¼ cup sesame seeds
  • ½ cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • ¼ cup freshly ground flax seed
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp maca powder (optional superfood)
  • dash of sea salt
  • 12-14 Medjool dates
  • ½ cup of mulberries, raisins, apricots, figs or another dried fruit

Place all of the ingredients into a large food processor and blend until combined. To test if they have blended long enough, simply scoop a portion of the mixture into your hand. Tightly squeeze the mix, and if it holds together it is done. If it falls apart you’ll need to blend longer, and/or add a couple more dates or other dried fruit.

Line a brownie baking pan (9x9”) with parchment paper and pour the mixture into the middle. Firmly press the mixture down into the pan to completely cover it. Place the pan in the refrigerator for an hour to firm (I usually cut myself a bar before the rest firm in the fridge.) Remove the mixture from the pan and cut into bars. Store in the refrigerator layered between pieces of parchment or wax paper to prevent sticking. These will stay fresh for at least one month. 

About the Author

Jenne Claiborne

Jenné Claiborne is a health coach, vegan chef and cooking instructor based in New York City. She helps her clients unleash their inner vegan- that vibrant, confident and healthy part of themselves- with delicious, beautiful and nourishing food. On her vegan food blog, Sweet Potato Soul, she shares delicious healthy recipes inspired by her Southern upbringing and world travels. She also has a vegan cooking show on Youtube. Follow Jenné on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Pinterest.

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