Aztec Fruit and Nut Snack Bars

Aztec Fruit and Nut Snack Bars
fruit and nut bars

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Whoever said that something healthy couldn’t taste delicious had clearly never heard of these amazing fruit and nut snack bars.

These Aztec-inspired snack bars are delicious and unique, because they have a hint of chilli to complement the sweetness of the fruit, making it the perfect snack for when you’re on the go or if you’re trying to eat healthier foods at your desk at work.

 

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ancho chile powder
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup popped amaranth
  • 1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 cup raw almonds, chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup dried figs, cut into quarters
  • 1/2 cup dates, pitted and cut into quarters
  • 3/4 cup dried apricots, cut into quarters
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Method

  1. Pre-heat oven to 160°C and place the rack in the center of the oven.
  2. Line an 20×20-cm baking pan with foil and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and ancho chile powder.
  4. Stir in the brown sugar, popped amaranth, bittersweet chocolate, almonds, and dried fruit. Use your fingers to make sure that everything has been coated with the flour mixture evenly.
  5. In a separate bowl, using a stand mixer with a whisk, beat the egg, vanilla, and honey until thick, about 1 minute.
  6. Add the egg mixture to the fruit and flour mixture, and mix using a spatula until everything is coated with the egg mixture.
  7. Spread onto prepared baking pan, pressing to even out.
  8. Bake mixture for about 30 minutes, or until golden brown and has pulled away from the sides of the pan. Remove from oven and let cool.
  9. When cooled, lift bar from the pan by the edges of the aluminium foil. Use a sharp knife to cut into 16 even squares.

 

Enjoy!