Fruit and Nut Bars

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Fruit and Nut Bars[edit]

This homemade version of a fruit cereal bar is packed with energy-giving apricots, raisins, nuts, and seeds. It makes an excellent start to the day, especially with a calcium-rich glass of milk or pot of yoghurt. It could also be a healthy addition to a lunchbox.


Preparation 15 mins

  • Cooking 3 mins
  • Chilling 1 hour
  • Makes 8-10 bars


  • 50g (2oz) hazelnuts .
  • 50g (2oz) whole oats .
  • 100g (31/2oz) raisins .
  • 150g (51/2oz) dried apricots (cut into small pieces) .
  • 4 tbsp fresh orange juice .
  • 2 tbsp sunflower seeds .
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin seeds


  • frying pan .
  • wooden spatula .
  • small sharp knife .
  • chopping board .
  • food processor or blender .
  • large mixing bowl .
  • greaseproof paper .
  • palette knife .
  • 18cm x 25cm (7 x 10in) tin

1. Put the hazelnuts, oats, and seeds into a frying pan. Dry fry (stirring) over a medium heat for 3 mins, or until they begin to turn golden. Leave to cool.


2. Put the raisins, apricots, and orange juice into a food processor and purée until the mixture becomes smooth. Put the fruit purée into a mixing bowl.


3. Put the nuts, oats, and seeds in the food processor and whiz until they are finely chopped. Tip the mixture into the bowl with the fruit purée.


4.Stir the fruit mixture until all the ingredients are mixed together. Line a 18 x 25cm (7 x 10in) baking tin with greaseproof paper.


5. Spread the fruit mixture evenly in the tin. Chill for at least 1 hour, or until solid. Turn it out of the tin and peel off the greaseproof paper. Cut into bars.


Helpful Hints[edit]

Tasty Twists Any type of ready-to-eat dried furit can be used to make these bars. You could also buy a pre-mixed bag such as tropical fruit or fruits of the forest.

Hazelnuts are high in fibre, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and vitamin E so they are nutritious as well as tasty!

Drying fruit is one of the oldest methods of preserving. The drying process concentrates the nutrients making dried fruit a useful source of fibre, natural sugars, vitamins B and C, iron, calcium, and other minerals. However, levels of vitamin C are lower than in fresh fruit.