Applesauce Fruit bars
10 dates pitted – I used 5 fat dried dates and 5 big dried apricots
1 cup almonds or sunflowers seeds
1 cup walnuts or pecans
1/4 cup plus 1 Tablespoon applesauce
1 tsp cinnamon
*For the nuts, I have used both versions today, this though pictures was done with pecans and sunflower seeds. So use what you have on hand
Using a food processor , mix nuts into a fine powder. Add in the dried fruit, applesauce and dates till the sticky stuff forms a large glob of dough. Using a 8×8 baking pan line it with parchment paper and make sure the edges are covered. Spoon sticky fruity mixture into the pan and smash the glob flat. It’s best to use another sheet of parchment paper cause it’s sticky. Get it as even and flat as possible, no lump bars people! Stick it on in the fridge for a few hours. It will firm up. When ready to pack lunches or eat simple pull out and cut on the paper.
When serving they can be slightly sticky, the dried fruit tends to be like that but it’s not messy, just slightly sticky.
I served this with broccoli cut zucchini for vegetables and grapes and apples along with a turkey guacamole spinach wrap.
Today’s lunch Box Tip- Either place napkins or wet ones in the lunch box. Simple thing to remember right? Well items like a BBQ meatloaf sandwich requires something tough to wipe up those BBQ fingers and lips, wet ones work better. Something like a simple sandwich wrap and finger vegetables or fruits doesn’t need much at all- a napkin would do.
Kids are already rushing to eat, and get to play with their friends and if they can’t get their lunch off their faces or hands guess where it gets wiped? Their clothes, so really- take the time to pick up wet ones. I usually place at least three in a zip lock bag and place it into their lunch bag. Or if the kids are responsible to bring back the small travel pack, just leave it in the lunch bag and they use it when needed.