Fruit & Nut Bars
My favorite magazine these days has been Family Fun. It has tons of craft and recipe ideas for families with small children. I always take the recipes and "tweak" them a little and lately I've been adding ground flax seeds to baked goods. The latest studies on flax seeds show they may help fight everything from heart disease and diabetes to breast cancer. Chloe did like these, but I think these will end up being more of a mamma pick me up snack.
1/3 cup pecans (can use any nut of your choice. Almonds would be yummy too.)
1/3 cup walnuts (recipe only called for one type of nut)
2 TBSP milled flax seeds
1/3 cup dates (figs or prunes would be great too)
1/3 cup dried fruit
2 TBSP water (adjust depending on fruit moisture)
Sprinkle of cinnamon
Put nuts in processor until mostly smooth. Mill flax seeds or use a coffee grinder and add to nut mixture. Transfer to a bowl.
Put dates and dried fruit in food processor adding one tablespoon of water at a time until it looks “gooey.” Sprinkle mixture with cinnamon and add nuts. Pulse until well combined. Makes approximately 6 bars.
*To mold bars, lay a piece of wax paper flat, spoon 1/6 of the mixture onto the paper, fold the wax paper over and form bars.