Fruits and Nuts: A Paleo Dessert Bar

I love this recipe because it is so versatile and easily adaptable to each individual’s taste. The basis of the recipe is chopped nuts and dried fruit, and you can use whatever you have on hand, or whatever you think sounds tasty.

2 cups mixed nuts (I used almonds, walnuts, and macadamias)                                              
¾ cup dried fruit (I used cherries)     
½ cup nut butter                                                                                                                                   ¼ cup coconut oil                                                                                                                            Scant ¼ cup honey

Rough chop nuts in food processor. Mix with fruit. Heat honey, coconut oil, and nut butter in a saucepan. Mix the liquid with the chopped nuts and fruit, press into 8×8 parchment lined pan, put in your fridge to set, then cut into squares and enjoy. Super easy, and super tasty! Just be careful; these are so tasty, and so calorie-dense, that it is very easy to overdose. (I speak from experience.) If you do happen to have any leftovers, though, remember to store them in the fridge – these bars can get awfully gooey and messy if left at room temperature for very long.

There are so many possibilities for variations. For the fruit you could use raisins, dried cranberries, dates, dried apricots, you name it. The nut butter could be almond butter, macadamia nut butter, or hazelnut butter. And throw in whatever sorts of nuts you like; pecans or hazelnuts could be very tasty. I think that a tropical variation could be amazing: macadamia nuts and maybe some unsweetened flaked coconut for the nut portion, then a tropical fruit like chopped dried mango, pineapple, or apricots, and macadamia nut or coconut butter. Use your imagination, try something new and different, use this as an opportunity to clean out your pantry!

I am sharing this recipe at the Hearth and Soul blog hop, Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays, Tempt My Tummy Tuesdays, Gluten Free Wednesdays, and Wandering Wednesdays.

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12 Responses to Fruits and Nuts: A Paleo Dessert Bar

  1. Bean says:

    Yum! These look delicious! I love how they don’t have any oats or anything!

    • elliemaeh says:

      I consider oats to be nothing more than carby fillers! The nuts are so much tastier and healthier, and hold together surprisingly well.

  2. Saw this on Amy Green’s site for Slightly Indulgent Tuesday. I will definitely be trying this!

    • elliemaeh says:

      Thanks for stopping by! Slightly Indulgent Tuesday has a lot of really great recipes (it’s one of my favorites). Glad that I dreamed up a recipe you might like!

  3. Anne says:

    These look yummy; I’ll have to bookmark this one.

  4. Kankana says:

    Very healthy and tasty! Thanks for sharing it with Hearth and Soul Hop :)

  5. I’ll have to figure out a way to make these survive on a summertime camping trip.

    Thanks for sharing at the hearth and soul hop.

    • elliemaeh says:

      Oh, that’s a tough one . . . the almond butter and coconut oil would both liquefy on you if it was too hot. Besides using lots of ice packs, I have been toying with the idea of decreasing the amount of honey and maybe adding melted dark chocolate or cocoa powder to give it a bit more warm-weather staying power. It could be a tasty experiment . . . I don’t think you can ever go wrong with chocolate

  6. Elizabeth says:

    Wow, that looks and so yummy!!

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  8. Lauren says:

    It’s like trail mix gooeyness! My son would love these.

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