Spring and summer are full of fun activities and trips, and these bars are a perfect option to make ahead of time and take with you! They take just 20 minutes and can be a fun way to spend time with your spouse, kids or grandkids while also making a yummy treat.
1/2 cup toasted chopped nuts (one kind or a combination of almonds, walnuts, or pecans)
3/4 cup dried fruit (one kind or a combination of raisins, currants, dried cranberries, or chopped dates, plums, apricots, or peaches)
3/4 cup old-fashioned oats
3/4 cup crisp rice cereal
2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut
1/2 cup almond or peanut butter
1/4 cup honey, real maple syrup, or agave syrup
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Line the pan with waxed or parchment paper or aluminum foil and leave enough hanging over the edges so you can cover the bars later. (You will need a little more than twice as much as the bottom of the pan.)
Put the nuts, dried fruit, oats, rice cereal and coconut in the large bowl and mix well.
Put the almond butter and honey in the small bowl and microwave until the almond butter is softened, about 30 seconds. Stir until smooth.
Add the vanilla extract and stir again until smooth.
Pour the almond mixture into the large bowl and mix until well combined.
Put the mixture into the prepared pan and pat down as hard as you can. You want to make the bars dense.
Using the overhanging waxed paper, cover the bars completely.
Cover the pan with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 4 hours.
Using the knife, cut into 16 bars.
Recipe adapted from Grandparents.com. You can see the full recipe here.