Dried fruit and seeds bars

Calling a snack bar “healthy” is subjective. I can easily call these bars healthy, but that doesn’t mean they are good for you or for you.
Some people follow a low carb diet, others just sugar free, lots are trying to go fat free, me – doing my best to come up with meals as low in cholesterol as possible.
If you’re on a strict cholesterol diet unfortunately these bars, as I baked them, are not for you. One of the ingredients is an egg yolk.  The good news is it can be replaced with an egg white, which I intend to do next time. Also, I’d like to try and use egg substitute, never used it, still a little skeptic. If you have any advice, would be much appreciated.
If you’re on a fat free diet, well, although the bars don’t call for butter or any oil they have lots of seeds, which are high in fats, but the good ones :)
If you’re on a low carb diet, I did some Maths and a bar has around 11 grams of carbs. But, you can easily use other dried fruits, lower in sugars. I used mostly golden raisins which are quite high in carbs. Dried apricots, cherries, cranberries, blueberries can be used also.
I stumbled across this recipe while looking for some snack for a picnic with friends. They turned out much better than I expected. They are not dry, crunchy or chewy. Perfect for kids and even grown up to munch.
I twisted the recipe a little bit, leaving the second egg yolk and the 1/3 cup of sugar out. Also used some chia seeds instead of sesame seeds.
To make them is pretty easy, just throw all the ingredients in a bowl, stir a little bit and off to the oven. It just can’t get any easier!
Let’s turn the oven on and make some dried fruits and seeds bars.
*adapted from cookie and biscuit
In a big bowl put 10 ounces (280gr) unsweetened applesauce.
Add 1 1/4 cup (chopped) dried fruits. I used almost a cup or raisins and little over 1/4 cup currants.
now add 1/3 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
3 tablespoons chia seeds
1 cup rolled oats (not the quick cooking ones)
2/3 cup unsweetened coconut
2/3 cup self rising flour
and 3 egg whites + 1 egg yolk. You can use 4 egg whites or 2 eggs instead.
Mix everything until evenly combined and put the mixture into your brownie (11×9 inch) baking pan.
Bake in preheated oven (400F) for about 25-30 minutes until golden brown. Leave to cool in the pan. Cut into bars. Yields 24.
Enjoy!
Thanks for stopping by, your support means so much to me.
Sending you lots of love,
Roxana

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Comments

  1. Wendy Irene says

    Good day Roxana :)
    I've heard you can use mashed banana as an egg substitute, but I have not tried it yet myself so I can't tell you if it definitely works. I love seeds and dried fruit. This looks like a perfect snack for the kiddos too! Have a beautiful day!

  2. Archana says

    Even if I am on diet this is one bar for which I will break my diet repeatedly. (Thank God I am not on any diet so I can gorge on them)!

  3. Heavenly Housewife says

    I have yet to try making my own granola bars, but I love the idea of making my own and customizing the flavours. Ah… so many things to make :)
    *kisses* HH

  4. Lisa says

    I think your fruit and seed bars are the tastiest sounding and best looking I've ever seen. Making these would save me so much money since I'm always buying them to eat after a workout :)

  5. Pachecopatty says

    I like your kid friendly bars and I'm always looking for healthy bar recipes like this one. These are pretty and would make a wonderful nibble after working out, thanks for sharing;-)

  6. Junia says

    ahhh love healthy bars! and i'm a huge fan of chia seeds too :). maybe you could put in maple syrup instead of the egg to bind it together?

  7. The Slow Roasted Italian says

    These look delicious. I love healthful bars… Yes, healthy is subjective. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Carolyn says

    These look fantastic and I know I could modify the fruit in it to go a little lower carb. I am SO making these. Buzzed them too.

  9. Biren @ Roti n Rice says

    This is my kind of snack chock full of dried fruits and seeds! Sounds really easy to make too!

  10. Sarah-Jane - SiliconeMoulds.com says

    those look really filling and a far better alternative to a chocolate bar !

    What are chia seeds – is that the same as poppy seeds ?

  11. Eileen says

    What a great alternative to sweets. I likw anything with seeds in it. I tried staying away from preservative a few weeks ago to see if I felt better and I think these would have come in very handy back then. Next time!

  12. Anonymous says

    great recipe, I am going to try this. I think I am going to drop out the egg and add some date paste.

  13. Baking Serendipity says

    These are healthy by my standards! They look delicious :) I always felt that egg substitutes were more expensive than just using the egg whites from the carton. But it's been a while now sice I've priced them out.

  14. Amy says

    Roxana these look wonderful! I love all of the delicious things you have included in them making them unique from other bars. They are like little mosaics of fruit and nuts :)!I would love some for a snack right now ;)! Hope you have a great rest of the week!

  15. Cookin' Canuck says

    We are always looking for healthy snacks that aren't packed with preservatives. I can't wait to try these.

  16. Sandra says

    You are little teaser:)) look at that last picture..just making me to go for a bite:)) I love how you made those bars…

  17. Elin says

    I can't wait to try this out. Healthy for me to snack on :) Thanks so much Roxana for sharing the recipe with us :)

    Have a great day,
    Elin

  18. Kate@Diethood says

    These bars sound delicious… I love all the fruits and seeds in there! I'm not on any kind of a diet so I'll take the entire batch. Ok? Thanks! ;-)

  19. Jessica says

    These look incredible! With all the nutrients packed into one bar! In my definition of healthy-ness, these definitely belong there. They look too delicious to pass on!

  20. Nami @ Just One Cookbook says

    Delicious healthy bars! I should be eating these kind of snacks instead of other sweets! Does Tiffany eat this too? I need to introduce my kids more healthy kinds of treats. Looks yummy Roxana. ;-)

  21. FOODESSA says

    Excellent decision for leaving out the extra yolk as well as too much sweetener. The texture looks just right to me Roxana ;o)

    Flavourful wishes,
    Claudia

  22. Charlie @ SweetSaltySpicy says

    Those bars look delicious! The texture looks amazing and you can't go wrong with all those yummy ingredients :).

  23. Marsha @ The Harried Cook says

    Fabulous post, Roxana… I love bars like these, and I would love to make these soon.. I would skip the coconut as I am not a big fan, but apart from that, these are a winner in my book! Thanks for sharing :)

  24. kita says

    Congrats on the top 9 this morning!! These bars look like a great treat. I love keeping snack bars around for myself when I am starving in between meals.

  25. Chrissy says

    So yummy! Congrats on top 9, it's a great post! I will be making these this weekend, for a healthful snack to munch on during the work week!

  26. briarrose says

    Wonderful texture on these bars. They are packed with some great, healthy ingredients…perfect for snack time.

  27. bunkycooks says

    These look very tasty and are full of great ingredients. They would be perfect for an afternoon snack!

  28. Apron Appeal says

    These look so great. Egg substitute. I love 'em but I've heard some people say it makes their food chalky. Perhaps I don't think it does because I'm so desperate for a cookie that I'm not to concerned about the side tastes but I seriously doubt it. just get a small box to start out with…a little goes a long way.

  29. Suzanne says

    What a great healthy bar to keep the energy going :) Your pictures are so great too Roxana. Have a wonderful weekend xoxox

  30. Apron Appeal says

    ok so is the egg the binder in this recipe? I'm guessing it is…in that case I'm going to sub in sunflower butter instead…I really want these. :)

  31. Roxana GreenGirl says

    @Apron Appeal – yes, the egg is used as a binder. The recipe was calling for 2 whole eggs. Let me know how it works with sunflower butter.

  32. Betty @ scrambled henfruit says

    These bars look healthy to me! I love a good crunchy bar for a mid-afternoon snack, and I think these would be perfect. Fruit and seeds are definitely a good choice. Thanks, Roxana! :)

  33. cakewhiz says

    I don't know how you do it but coming to your blog always makes me hungry…lol!
    These bars looks fantastic and healthy too. I wouldn't feel guilty eating 3 or 4 of those…hehehe

  34. The Baking Gypsy says

    What fabulous looking treats Roxana! I love how healthy they are!!! Sounds really wonderful!

    xx,
    Tammy♥

  35. resistantnikki says

    These look tasty! Might try a batch but make some substitutions to fit with my lower carb nutrition plan. I've used a flax seed emulsion for an egg substitute. My husband's allergic to eggs so often times I'm trying to figure out how to sub. You might also be able to use something like coconut oil in a recipe like this.

  36. Val says

    I'm always on the lookout for a healthy fruit & seed bar recipe. These look perfect. They most definitely are healthy, by far the healthiest recipe I've seen, particularly because they are still treats and a little bit of fat and sugar isn't a terrible thing. Can't wait to try these out. Thanks!

    • Roxana GreenGirl says

      They last about 3-4 days at room temperature, about 2-3 weeks ( maybe even more, mine never lasted longer) and few months in the freezer. Make sure to pack them well so they don’t get freezer burns :)

    • Roxana GreenGirl says

      Hi Cheryl,
      Unfortunately I don’t know how many calories are in one bar. It’s definitely not that low, since it has lots of fruit and seeds.

  37. says

    I made a version of these using apple and pear spread rather than apple sauce and dried pineapple and papaya (which probably resulted in a higher natural sugar content) but they were delicious, thanks so much for the inspiring recipe!

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