Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Homemade Fruitbar

After realizing we spend more than an appropriate portion of our household income on those foil-wrapped fruit 'n grain bars (we all love them), I set out to teach myself how to make them.

Turns out, it's easy!



Apricot Ambrosia Bars


If you have a food processor, you're able to make these too...no excuses!

I found a wonderful collection of tested recipes here.  Recently, I made a batch of Apricot Ambrosia bars and added a couple of teaspoons of ground flax seeds to the recipe, nothing more.  They turned out perfectly!  I cut them into serving sizes, wrapped them in cling and popped them into the fridge for one and all to help themselves.  I especially love them after a workout or to stave off the kids when they're "starving" just before dinner.

I'm off to make the Carrot Cake bars...or maybe the Key Lime bars...ugh...decisions!

Have you ever dried fruit yourself?  Made these types of bars or granola bars?  I'd love to hear!

20 comments:

  1. Yummy! Those look great!
    My mother used to make those...
    These days I don't leave home without a grain bar in my bag, but they don't cost that much over here :)

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    1. Thanks Duni! Yes apricot is a more common flavor in Europe, I think. I had a lot of dried and fresh apricots growing up here in Canada (but my parents are Swiss). When I'm in Switzerland on holidays I love the apricot jelly filled donuts, apricot yogurt, ice cream, chewing gum, bits in chocolate bars...it's apricot heaven!

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  2. OK, those looks SO good!!! Must try!

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    1. Everyone has a favorite...I had no idea making these was as easy as it is!

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  3. How cool that it's so easy! I'll have to give it a try sometime.

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  4. OK...I need to get myself a food processor and try this out. My family loves these kinds of snacks. I have a couple of recipes saved to my Pinterest boards, but I haven't been able to try any of them yet. Your apricot ambrosia bars look heavenly!

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    1. My family loves these types of snacks too. And I figure, if my kids have ruined their appetites with apricots and nuts, well, there are worse things!

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  5. They look delicious! I love dried fruits, so these are right up my alley. I've been meaning to give making my own bars a try. And tell me more about those carrot cake bars!

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    1. Ya I'm hoping to get the carrot cake bars made soon. I love filling the baggies with all the ingredients I need at the grocery store!

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  6. I attempted something similar recently! Didn't use the food processor, though, so the bars kind of fell apart and just became really delicious granola for topping ice cream and oatmeal.

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    1. Way to turn lemons into lemonade, Paige! I'm sure it was delish ;)

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  7. They look yummy! Thanks for sharing the link. I never thought to make them but now I might just give it a try. Homemade is always better than the box.

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    1. You're right Sheryl! I think also because I've made them myself - there's something about that which makes them that much better ;)

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  8. YummY!!!
    They look delicious!
    xx

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  9. Wow that's so impressive! Looks very yummy. And i reckon it's healthier too because it's handmade :)

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  10. Oh my! they look delicious! and you're so right... there's no excuse. Although I always cook and prepare "home made" meals I always feel I should try harder to improve what we eat, especially at "snack time"... Thanks for this idea!

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  11. I do enjoy making my own granola bars, but I don't think I've really used the food processor. Probably because ours is small and junky! I just try to pound things up a bit by hand.

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    1. Thanks everyone for your feedback...I hope you all think twice about buying store bought once you realize how dead simple these are to make at home! I'm not surprised that many of you are already DIYing, you clever things :)

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