Dry fruit and nut bars: High energy bars

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In India, there is a special postpartum diet, that contains only healthy ingredients, more calories (like clarified butter) but less spicy. However, when I left the hospital, the lactation consultant told me, watch for lentil, cabbage, cauliflower etc, as they tend to produce gas and little guy also is going to get gas, if I ate gassy food.  He is not interested in burping, end up getting more gas himself without my contribution. 
Some time ago, I have seen a dry fruit and nut bar in Alice Meredith’s book. I even bought Hazelnut to make that, after keeping it for sometime Hazelnuts had gone rancid, I have to throw entire nuts in garbage; it was a painful moment for me, as Hazelnuts cost a fortune. So I decided to keep quiet for some time and not venture into any baking. 
 Due to breastfeeding by afternoon, I need a strong snack; otherwise, I am having headache indicating that my blood sugar is low. So I decided to make these energy bars. The store bought energy bars has only a few dry fruits and nuts, either cranberry or raisins or almonds or pistachio. I haven’t seen anything with combo of dates, figs, apricot, coconut, currents, dry mango and cashew nuts etc. I made with almost all the dry fruits and nuts available in my pantry.   Since I used dates, and sweetened cranberries, I used only two tablespoon of brown sugar. I used 2 tablespoon of All- Purpose flour and ¾ of egg as binding agent. If you want gluten free, just add arrow root flour/corn flour and to make it vegan add flax seed meal or egg replacer. I haven’t tried the replacement combinations. I still used flour and egg is used in less quantity, but I think substitution will work. I am curious to know about the feedback. 
These are chewy and crunchy with dry fruits and nuts, but at the same time, very tasty and addictive energy bars. These are a grab and go healthy breakfast as well as a perfect snack for evening hunger prangs.
When I bake some cookies or cake my hubby take it to office for munching it as his afternoon snack. He then also shares it with his friend Emanuel, who is also his colleague. I call him my second taste tester, as he tests and give exact opinion. He was so impressed that when my hubby called to talk to me, he came on the line and told me it was great. Best part according to him is the addition of Figs. 
As I had baked an 8 inch square pan I thought that it is going last for two weeks or even a month. Trust me it got finished within 4 days. It is very hard to stop after eating one; you will go for the second and third helping.  Here is the recipe. 
Print recipe from here
What you need 
 Barely adapted from Alice Meredith “Pure Dessert”
Dates: 1 cup (About 21) coarsely chopped
Figs:  2/3 cup/ 5 oz (about 6 no) coarsely chopped
Dried sweetened cranberries: ¼ cup coarsely chopped
Dried apricot: ¼ cup (about 7no) coarsely chopped
Raisins: ¼ cup coarsely chopped
Currants: ¼ cup coarsely chopped
Dried mango: 1 tablespoon (about 3 no) coarsely chopped
Mystic gum/Edible gum/Gond: 2 tablespoon
Poppy seeds:  1 tablespoon (lightly toasted)
Coconut chips: ¼ cup (lightly toasted)
Baking powder:  Half of 1/8 teaspoon
Baking Soda: Half of 1/8 teaspoon
Salt: 1/8 teaspoon
Brown sugar: 2 tablespoon
Almond: ¼ cup (blanched and chopped coarsely)
Pistachio: ¼ cup chopped coarsely
Cashew nuts: ¼ cup chopped coarsely
All purpose flour: 2 tablespoon
Egg: ¾ of one egg
Ghee / clarified butter: 1 tablespoon
How I made
Preheat oven to 325 F and line with Parchment paper on bottom, sides of 8x8X2 baking dish. Leave the edges of parchment hanging that way it is easy to remove the bars after baking. 
In a small skillet heat 1 tablespoon Ghee/clarified butter and fry mystic gum, until it puffed up like popcorn. It will take about 2 minutes to gets done and set aside. Using a food processor grind them into fine powder. 

In another skillet   dry roast poppy seeds until it becomes slightly brown. It takes about 2 minutes and set aside. In the same skillet dry roast the coconut chips until slightly brown and release aroma. It takes about 2 minutes and set aside. 
In a medium bowl mix all the ingredients (coarsely chopped dry fruits and nuts, poppy seeds, coconut chips, mystic gum) including flour, baking powder, baking soda, brown sugar and 3/4thof egg. Mix well to incorporate everything uniformly. Spread into the prepared pan, pressing to even it out.
Bake for about 35-40 minutes, or until it is golden brown and has pulled away from the sides of the pan. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool.

 When cooled, lift the bars from the pan by the edges of the Parchment paper. Use a sharp knife to cut into 16 squares. Warp them individually with plastic paper; it can be stored for about 10 days at room temperature or longer if refrigerated.

Preparation time: 60 minutes
Yield:16 no
Verdict: Yummy
Will you make it again: Yes I will
 
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Comments

  1. says

    Very very healthy bars…these are all the ingredients (things made with them) our moms would make us eat during pregnancy and after baby;s birth.

  2. says

    That is one delicious and healthy bar. And it is so much better that it is not store bought and you know exactly the ingredients that went into it

  3. says

    Hey Swathi,

    I wanted to know if you have tried it without eggs because, I cannot store it that well since it gets really hot out here.

  4. says

    Swathi-I thought I was seeing double…these energy bars are on your blog header!
    Just looking at all the fruits and nuts packed into these yummy bars already gives me more energy! Thanks for sharing your fabulous recipe:DDD

  5. says

    Ah, so these are the bars you’ve had on blog header since some time!
    Looks great. It’s a long list of dried fruits and nuts and a nut lover like me would LOVE these bars!
    Guess you’ll have to keep making this ‘strong snack’ regularly if they keep finishing up so quick! :D

  6. says

    hi swatui, hmmm delicious is all i can say- and yes, very pretty too.
    your tester said the fig tastes outstanding, i can imagine why- that tiny crunch effects when chewing the seeds..wow! in that case, i bookmarked this already-with many thanks. have a nice day