Whole Grain Almond Fruit Bars
 
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Serves: 12 bars
Ingredients
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon quality pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon quality pure almond extract
  • 1½ cups spelt flour or whole wheat flour (I recommend spelt, it's an ancient grain that is milder than wheat, bakes up softer, and digests more easily)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup old-fashioned oats
  • ½ cup sliced almonds
  • ½ cup Smucker's Fruit & Honey Fruit Spread or jam of choice (use the same or multiple flavors for each square)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 12-cavity square treat pan. You can also use a standard 8x8 inch square baking pan (see NOTE).
  2. Cream the butter in a large mixing bowl with a beater until pale and fluffy. Add the egg, honey, vanilla and almond extracts and beat until combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the flour with the baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
  4. Add the flour mixture to the wet mixture and stir to combine. Add the oats and almonds and stir to combine. The dough will be stiff. Divide the dough in half and form 12 1-inch sized balls from each half of dough (24 total).
  5. Press 12 of the balls of dough into each cavity of the baking pan. Spread some jam on the dough, leaving a boarder around the edges so the jam won't ooze out as easily. Gently press the remaining balls of dough on top, pressing down gently on the edges to seal.
  6. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until the edges just begin to turn golden.
  7. Remove and let the bars sit in the pan for 10 minutes before removing.
Notes
If using an 8x8 inch square baking pan, press half of the dough onto the bottom, spread the jam over, then gently press the other half of the dough on top. Bake as directed. Let the bars cool and then cut into squares.
Recipe by The Daring Gourmet at https://www.daringgourmet.com/whole-grain-almond-fruit-bars/