Crispy California Walnut and Fruit Bars
These are clean-out-your-pantry bars, which I love because I always have the ingredients on hand—cereal, walnuts, dried fruit, chocolate chips, nut butter, sweetener. They’re easy to whip up quickly, no baking necessary!
Servings Prep Time
8bars 15minutes
Servings Prep Time
8bars 15minutes
  1. Line an 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper that hangs over the edges of the pan. Spray the sides of the pan that don’t have parchment with cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix cereal, apricots and chopped California walnuts until combined.
  3. Heat a small pan over medium-low heat. Stir the California walnut butter and brown rice syrup together until blended. Turn off heat, add vanilla and mix it in.
  4. Remove from heat and pour over rice cereal, stirring until well coated. Transfer the mixture into the prepared pan and cover with plastic wrap. Press the mixture firmly and evenly into the pan. Allow to cool in the refrigerator for half hour before cutting into bars.
Recipe Notes

Make substitutions using pantry ingredients you have on hand!

• Substitute apricots with any dried fruit—raisins, cherries, cranberries, figs, prunes
• Substitute brown rice cereal with whole grain cereal on hand—toasted oats work great!
• Chocolate chips are optional, if you don’t have them you can leave them out
• Brown rice syrup can be replaced with corn syrup or honey in a pinch