Chewy Fruit & Nut Bars

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Chewy Fruit & Nut Bars

These homemade bars make great snacks or lunch-box treats. You can assemble them in minutes and walk away while they set in the refrigerator — no baking required! Use this recipe as a template for variations using any of your favorite dried fruits and nuts.


Chewy Fruit & Nut Bars


1 tsp. plus 2 Tbs. unsalted butter

1 1/2 cups (6 oz./185 g.) puffed brown rice cereal

1 cup (4 oz./125 g.) whole almonds

1/2 cup (3 oz./90 g.) whole cashews

1 cup (4 oz./125 g.) dried cranberries

1/2 cup (3 oz./90 g.) chopped dried apricots

1/2 cup (5 oz./155 g.) brown rice syrup

1/4 cup (2 1/2 oz./75 g.) unsalted creamy almond butter

2 Tbs. firmly packed light brown sugar

1/4 tsp. salt


Line an 8-inch (20-cm.) square baking pan with aluminum foil, leaving an inch or so of overhang on 2 opposite edges to use later as a handle. Grease foil with 1 teaspoon butter.


In a large bowl, stir together brown rice cereal, almonds, cashews, cranberries and apricots. Set aside.


In a saucepan over medium heat, stir or whisk together brown rice syrup, almond butter, brown sugar, 2 tablespoons butter and salt until mixture is smooth. Bring to a simmer and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly to prevent scorching.


Immediately pour hot almond butter mixture over cereal mixture in bowl. Using a wooden spoon, mix until cereal, fruit and nuts are evenly coated and distributed.


With lightly buttered hands, press mixture firmly and evenly into prepared pan. Refrigerate until set, about 1 hour. Lift out of pan and transfer to a cutting board. Use a sharp buttered knife to cut into 20 bars; remove from foil. Store in refrigerator in an airtight container, with sheets of waxed paper between layers, for up to 1 week. Makes 20 bars.


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22 comments about “Chewy Fruit & Nut Bars

  1. Kathy Mathisen

    If you are going to pulish recipes as “healthy”, please include nutritional information.

    1. Williams-Sonoma

      Hi Kathy, here is the nutritional information for this recipe. Per bar: 170 calories, 3 g. protein, 20 g. carbs, 9 g. fat (1.5 g. saturated fat), 0 mg. cholesterol, 2 g. fiber, 40 mg. sodium

  2. Fran

    Thank for the nutritional info. I wondered the same thing. It’s important. How big is each bar?

  3. Chantal

    I just tasted and its a very good recipe, super easy to do !!!
    thank you

  4. Sandra

    Unsalted creamy almond butter (can you use peanut butter?) and a substitute for Brown rice syrup?
    Can not find these items in the UK.
    Amazing looking recipe, hope I can make it…

    1. Williams-Sonoma

      Hi Sandra, yes, you can use peanut butter in place of the almond butter; the texture and flavor may be slightly different, but the recipe will still work. We’d recommend maple syrup or honey in place of the brown rice syrup. Since both are sweeter than brown rice syrup, you may want to reduce the quantity from 1/2 cup to 1/3 cup or so.

  5. Anna

    Why is there no link to add these recipes to our Williams Sonoma recipe box?

  6. Joe

    I hope to make these this weekend…sort of a healthy way to ween myself off all the Holiday sweets. Do you use salted cashews and almonds, and sweetened dried cranberries?

    1. Williams-Sonoma

      Hi Joe, we’d recommend using raw (unsalted) cashews and almonds — that way, you can add salt to taste and have more control over the finished product. You can use whatever dried cranberries you prefer; a sweet variety would work well here.

  7. Joe

    This is a great recipe and I have made it probably six times in the last four weeks. The only thing I do that’s not in the recipe is I toast the almonds. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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    1. Williams-Sonoma

      Hi Peter, we haven’t tested the recipe with agave syrup, but it should work. Just note that the end result will be a little different, as honey, brown rice syrup, and agave syrup all have varying levels of sweetness. Let us know how it goes!

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  11. Julie

    what is brown rice puffed cereal? And what other kind of cereal can be a replacement? Rice Krispies perhaps?

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