Dried fruit bars

These dried fruit bars contain whole food ingredients like dried apricots, goji berries, nuts and seeds plus some dark chocolate. They are great lunch box fillers, or perfect for an afternoon pick me up. 

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These dried fruit bars are an easy and delicious snack, made from whole nuts, seeds and organic dried fruit. Sweetened naturally with fruit, and topped with dark chocolate, they’re like my perfect snack food. 

The recipe evolved from these amazing goji and coconut bars but with less fuss. They are sweetened entirely from goji berries, apricots and coconut and are topped off with any dark chocolate you choose; personally I love 85-90% dark chocolate to make these a very low sugar snacking option.

dried fruit barsI have changed this recipe a few times- the original recipe was shared on Instagram about many years ago- playing with the recipe until I was truely happy.

  • First off, the recipe used un-soaked goji berries. It was packed full of flavour but was too dry.
  • Second, I had included maple syrup in the ingredients but wanted dried fruit bars that were free from liquid sweeteners and just made from whole foods. So I ditched the maple syrup.
  • The bars could be a little messy to eat so I swapped to making cups instead. Super cute and much easier.
  • Finally, I added organic dried apricots, as these are a more affordable option to straight goji berries AND they taste great. 

dried fruit bars

dried fruit barsThese dried fruit bars are

  • Naturally lower is sugar than many other bars, sweetened only with goji and coconut
  • Packed full of antioxidants, omega 3 fatty acids and micro minerals including magnesium and zinc
  • Not too sweet! They are a mixture of nutty, sour and bitter (from the dark chocolate)
  • Easy and very wholesome
  • Chewy, soft and a little bit crunchy

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dried fruit bars

Fermenting your goji berries

This step is totally optional, and instead you can simply soak your goji berries in water.

If you want to ferment the berries and apricots first you are able to remove any sugars in the fruit (perfect if you’re on a keto diet and following a no sugar diet at present) and transform these dried fruit bars into a probiotic-rich snack. Win win!

Here is how you ferment the goji berries;

  1. Place the goji berries into a very clean glass jar, preferably with an air tight lid.
  2. Cover the goji berries in water kefir– home made or unpasteurised, store bought (alive, or sold as ‘probiotic’). Note; If you are using your own homemade water kefir, remove the grains before you add the kefir. You can also use homemade kombucha for this, however it will impart a stronger taste on the goji berries.
  3. Secure the lid tightly.
  4. Leave to ferment for 6-8 hours. You can then taste the berries at this point- if they are still sweet ferment an extra hour and taste again.
  5. Drain (reserving the kefir to drink or add to a smoothie) and squeeze out any excess liquid from the berries.

Thats it. At this point add the fermented goji berries into step 5 of the recipe.

Fermenting dried apricots

I do not recommend fermenting the dried apricots for these dried fruit bars as it’ll add too much liquid into the recipe.

If you do want to ferment both the goji berries and the apricots, I recommend reading this post on fermenting dates. You will want to ferment the apricots, then dehydrate them before using in these dried fruit bars. 

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Ingredient list

Hot tip! Most of these ingredients will be in your pantry already, but if they are not see what you already have. Goji berries could be swapped for dried currants, sultanas or raisins. Nuts and seeds can be swapped for what you have. Get creative before buying lots of new ingredients. These dried fruits are very customisable for what you have on hand. 

  • Raw cashews. We roast the cashews in the over to bring out the flavour, however you could use store bought roasted cashews or raw cashews if thats easier. If you choose roasted and salted cashews, omit the salt from the recipe. 
  • Dried apricots. I prefer the darker, organic dried apriocts. Bright orange dried apricots have relied on a preservative to retain their colour, and additive i prefer to avoid. 
  • Shredded coconut. Alongside the cashews we toast the coconut to make the flavour shine. If you are using store bought roasted cashews, you can skip toasting the coconut. The flavour will still be delicious just less prominent.
  • Goji berries. Goji (or wolf berries) can be found at most health food stores or in the health isle of most supermarkets. They are slightly sweet and sour, and packed full of iron. The goji berries are the main flavour of this recipe, and add a little sweetness and make the bars stick together. If you want to transform the bars into gut friendly probiotic bars, see above on how to ferment them before making this recipe.
  • Hemp hearts. I love adding hemp to my recipes. The flavour is nutty and delicious, and hemp adds a whole food boost of all omega 3 fatty acids making them a wonderful brain food.
  • Salt. Always.
  • Coconut flour. Coconut flour has a unique ability to soak up a lot of liquid, making it the perfect ingredient to soak up the liquid from the soaked fruit. The coconut flour amount is minimal but its role is very important so don’t omit.
  • Dark chocolate. I use 85-90% to make these low sugar fruit bars truely low sugar. Choose a keto friendly chocolate if you want to make these dried fruit bars lower in sugar. 
  • Nut butter or coconut oil. We add either of these ingredients to the chocolate so that it does not set as hard, and makes eating easier!

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low sugar goji bars

Dried fruit bars

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  • Author: Jade Woodd
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 10-16 1x
  • Category: Snacks
  • Cuisine: Australian
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

These dried fruit bars contain whole food ingredients like dried apricots, goji berries, nuts and seeds plus some dark chocolate. They are great lunch box fillers, or perfect for an afternoon pick me up.


Ingredients

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Instructions

  1. Soak goji berries in water water for 5 minutes (see blog post if you want to ferment the berries, and make probiotic goji bars). Preheat the oven to 180 C.
  2. Add cashews and 2 cups of shredded coconut to a lined baking tray and add to the preheated oven. Bake for around 10 minutes but do not burn. After 6 minutes toss (and try to move the outer contents into the middle and vice versus) and check on them every minute after. Once they are turning golden brown remove from oven and allow to cool for 5-10 minutes.
  3. While the nuts and coconut cool drain the goji berries into a sieve and use a spoon to gently squeeze out any excess water through the sieve.
  4. Add cooled nuts and coconut  to a food processor and blend for 1 minute. After 1 minute the mixture should start to look like a chunky nut butter- there will still be lots of visible texture however some it will be in-between a liquid and a solid state. If you need to blend for longer, do.
  5. Add strained goji berries and pricots and blend for 30 seconds or until a bright orange/red paste has formed.
  6. Next, add the hemp hearts, remaining coconut, coconut flour and salt and process until very well combined. Press about 2 tbsp of the mixture into each hole of a silicone muffin tray (alternatively, use patty pans in a metal muffin tray). Set aside.
  7. Finely chop dark chocolate and place in a heat proof bowl with your choice of nut or seed butter. Bring 2cm water to the boil in a small saucepan. Place bowl on top of the saucepan. Reduce heat to low, gently melting until the chocolate is fully melted (stir occasionally). You can melt the chocolate in a microwave if you prefer. Spoon the chocolate over the goji bases and set in the fridge for 2 hours.

Store in an airtight container in the fridge (5-7 days) or in the freezer (up to 1 month).


Notes

  • To ferment the goji berries and make these healthy nut bars probiotic, see blog post notes.
  • Hemp hearts can be substituted for sesame seeds or sunflower seeds.
  • Goji berries can be substituted for dried currants, sultanas or raisins.
  • Cashews can be substituted for store bough roasted cashews (you can then skip the roasting step), macadamia or almonds.
  • If you are wanting to make these keto-friendly, use keto-friendly chocolate.
9 Comments
  1. Sounds amazing! Just wondering if it’s necessary to roast the cashew nuts and your reason for doing so, as well as your reason for soaking the dried goji berries? Thank you

    1. You can definitely skip, is purely to enhance the flavour. Soaking the goji is to add moisture and improve texture. Without it they are a bit dry.

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