Fruit bar

Fruit bar

1 h
Savour our homemade fruit bars, a blend of sweet and tart flavours that make a perfect snack. With juicy medjool dates, tangy raisins, and sharp cranberries, these bars celebrate nature's gifts. Chewy dried apricots and crunchy almonds add a delightful contrast, while freeze-dried raspberries give a zesty kick. These easy, no-bake bars are ideal for busy mornings, as a mid-afternoon treat, or late-night snack. So, grab your ingredients and get ready for a burst of flavour.


  • Blend all the ingredients well together (e.g. in a food processor).
  • Wrap the fruit mixture in cling film and press into a square tub or mould (approx. 10 x 18 cm). It should be about 1 cm high when it is pressed out.
  • Smooth the surface and cover with a lid. Place the tub in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours.
  • Cut into 8 bars.
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Questions about fruit bars

Explore the simplicity of making fruit bars at home with our recipe. We've answered your top questions for creating these tasty snacks. Learn how to keep them fresh or tailor them to enhance flavours. Our FAQs will help you craft the perfect snack in no time.

How do I store these fruit bars?
For fresh homemade fruit bars, store them in a sealed airtight container in the fridge. Enjoy them within a week. If you want to keep them longer, wrap each bar in wax or parchment paper and freeze them. They'll last for several months. Thaw at room temperature before snacking.
Are these fruit bars a good option for an on-the-go snack?
Absolutely! Their compact size makes them easy to slip into your bag, or pop into a lunchbox. They also stay fresh without refrigeration, making them all the more convenient. Whether you're on a walk or between meetings, these bars are the perfect feel-good treat.
How can I ensure my fruit bars have a balanced flavour?
To balance the flavours in your fruit bars, add a pinch of sea salt and a dash of lemon juice. These ingredients enhance the sweetness of the dried fruits and add a contrasting taste that makes the bars more flavourful.


Medjool dates (without stones)
150 g
50 g
Dried cranberries
50 g
Dried apricots
50 g
50 g
Freeze-dried raspberries
2 tbsp

Quick fixes for a crumbly mixture

If your fruit bar mixture seems too dry, add a teaspoon of water. Stir it in and check the consistency. You want the mixture to stick together when you press it, ensuring your bars will be just right when you cut them.

Pressing and setting techniques

For fruit bars that hold together and are easy to handle, it's important to press the mixture well. Start by dividing your fruit bar mixture evenly and press it into your chosen mould or pan. Use a spatula to help create a dense layer and ensure the bars keep their shape after cooling. The bottom of a measuring cup works well too, giving your fruit bars a neat and professional look.

Add citrus for enhanced flavour

Even a small amount of finely grated lemon or orange zest can significantly enhance the taste of your bars. Mix it directly into the bars for a fresh twist. The zest brings a bright aroma and tangy flavour that balances the sweetness of the dried fruits.

Fresh lemon or orange juice can also be added for extra moisture and a tangy kick. The juice helps bind the ingredients and enriches the flavour, while its acidity helps keep the bars fresh for longer.

Transform leftovers into new snacks

Don't let leftover fruit bars go to waste; instead, transform them into delightful new snacks. Start by crumbling the leftover bars into bite-sized pieces.

Mix them into your next bowl of thick and creamy skyr for a quick snack, or sprinkle over quinoa porridge or oatmeal bake for added texture and flavour. If you’re in the mood for a frozen treat, combine the crumbled fruit bars with a scoop of banana- or berry nice cream.

Alternatively, use the crumbles as a topping for baked goods like muffins or banana bread, adding a burst of fruity goodness.

You can even roll the pieces into small balls, coat them in melted chocolate, and refrigerate until set. Add a few date balls to the mix and you have a decadent treat. These creative ideas elevate your snack game, giving a fresh twist to your homemade fruit bars.

Add variety with other dried fruits

Our fruit bar recipe welcomes a variety of dried fruits for exciting new tastes. While we start with dates, raisins, cranberries, and apricots, feel free to add dried mango, pineapple, or figs for a tropical twist or a hint of luxury. Dried blueberries offer a zesty kick while apple or pear add a comforting and familiar taste. Selecting different fruits lets you tailor your fruit bars to suit every taste and preference.

Add other nuts or seeds for extra texture

Creating homemade fruit bars is not only about flavour but also texture. Toasting the nuts is a straightforward way to boost their taste and add a satisfying crunch to your bars. Heat your almonds in a dry pan over medium heat, stirring often to prevent burning. As they toast, the nuts release oils that deepen their flavour and add a toasty note to your bars.

Along with almonds, adding a mix of seeds can improve the texture of your bars. Seeds like chia, flax, sunflower or sesame are great options to provide a subtle crunch.

If you want to add more variety to your bars, think about the size of your nuts and seeds. A rough chop gives a chunky texture, while a fine chop or grinding some of the seeds spreads their flavour more evenly. Try different proportions and types of nuts and seeds until you have found your signature combination.

Selecting quality dried fruits

When making homemade fruit bars, choosing the right dried fruits is key to their flavour and texture. Look for tender, chewy dried fruits, which blend well and give your bars a moist, chewy feel.

Enhancing flavour with natural sweeteners

If your fruit bar mix isn't sweet enough, consider adding natural sweeteners like honey, maple syrup, or agave nectar. Honey brings floral notes that add depth, while maple syrup's caramel-like taste can enhance your fruit bars' flavour. Agave nectar provides a mild sweetness that balances the tartness of some dried fruits without being too strong.

When choosing a natural sweetener, think about the flavour it adds and how it will mix with the other ingredients. Darker honey or maple syrup gives a stronger taste, suitable for fruits with bold flavours. Lighter sweeteners work well when you want to keep the fruit bar's original taste.

If your fruit bar gets too sticky or wet after adding liquid sweeteners, add more dry ingredients to keep them firm and chewy. This way, they'll keep their shape and texture.