During the hot summer months when I don't want to heat up my house using the oven I turn to no-bake recipes just like this one. We like to make these fruit bars and take them with us when we go out hiking or in the car on road trips.
For variety...you can also toss in 3 to 4 tablespoons of sunflower seeds to bump up the protein and taste.
No Bake Fruit and Nut Bars Recipe
1 cup raisins
1 cup assorted dry fruit
1/2 cup almonds, halved or whole
1/4 cup powdered milk
1/4 cup graham cracker or cookie crumbs
1/4 cup molasses
Chop fruit and nuts and set aside. In a large bowl combine the chopped fruit & nuts with the powdered milk and graham cracker (or) cookie crumbs. Pour in the molasses and stir with a wooden spoon until everything is coated.
Spray your hands with nonstick cooking spray and then form the batter into 1" diameter logs. Place them in a glass baking dish, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 to 45 minutes. Remove and slice into 1" by 1" bars. Toss several into a snack size bag for portion control snacking. They can be stored at room temperature.