Googie’s Kitchen presents Homemade Fruit and Nut Bar

Homemade Fruit and Nut Bar

Before I gave up processed foods and sugar I would never say no to a certain Fruit and Nut bar. Nowadays, I always tend to say no thanks. Also with everything going on in the world I think I’m in need of more chocolate than normal.

Researchers have discovered that chocolate is actually good for you when living in a stressful situation. Chocolate can help to lower the stress hormones cortisol and catecholamines. So if the human race ever has to go into lockdown again I know I will be heading for the chocolate in my pantry.

Hopefully, if you’re like me and you can’t or don’t really like to eat a ,lot of chocolate, then this will be a great recipe for you. I found making this very therapeutic and very easy to do. It was quite time consuming but the efforts were worth the results. Plus it makes a brilliant gift for friends and family.

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  • Large baking tray
  • Grease proof paper
  • Small saucepan
  • Mixing bowl
  • Sharp knife
  • Chopping board
  • Loaf tin or small baking tray
  • Stirring spoon


  • Cashew nuts x 75
  • Almonds x 75g
  • Pecans x 75g
  • Ghee, unsalted butter or vegan butter x 100g
  • Coconut cream x 100mls
  • Raw cacao powder x 4 tbsp
  • Maple syrup x 2 tbsp
  • Raisins x 1 handful
  • Medjool dates x 6 – 8
  • Almonds x 6 – 8


  • Soak the cashews, almonds and pecan in water in a bowl for at least 8 hours or preferably overnight.
  • Remove from the fridge in the morning.
  • When you want to make the chocolate bar preheat the oven to 120°C or mark gas mark 2.
  • Place a sheet of grease proof paper onto a baking tray.
  • Spread the mixed nuts across the base of the tray and add a couple of tablespoons of coconut oil.
  • Cook for about 3 – 4 hours or until golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven and leave to cool.
  • Put the saucepan onto the hob and turn it onto a medium heat.
  • Now put the ghee into the pan and let it melt down but don’t let it cook.
  • Next turn the heat down to low.
  • Add in the coconut milk, raw cacao powder and maple syrup.
  • Stir these ingredients together and remove from the heat.
  • Pour these ingredients into the mixing bowl.
  • Roughly chop the nuts and add them to the chocolate mixture.
  • Remove the stones from the dates and cut into small pieces.
  • Cut the apricots into small pieces too.
  • Put these into the mixing bowl along with the raisins.
  • Mix all of these ingredients together.
  • Place another piece of grease proof paper in the loaf tin or small baking tray.
  • Pour the chocolate into the tin or tray and put in the fridge overnight.
  • The next day, remove the chocolate from the fridge and cut into bars or small chocolates.
  • Then serve and enjoy.
Homemade Fruit and Nut Bar

Homemade Fruit and Nut Bar was gratefully received by me. I thoroughly enjoyed this chocolate. My husband Howard and son Ted are not a fans of my homemade chocolate so I got to eat this all by myself. Although, just to make sure it wasn’t just me that enjoyed this snack I gave a couple of bars to my mum. I wasn’t the only one who thought this was tasty. Mum actually asked me of I was making any more soon. All the ingredients can be frozen so if you wanted to make this in advance of a party you can. However you decide to enjoy this snack, as always, please enjoy.