Walnuts and blueberries are featured, but the surprise ingredient is silken tofu.
It disappears into the mix and holds everything together. Any kind of dried fruit
will work, as long as it is neither crystallized, nor parched and leathery.
Nonstick spray for the pan and the measuring cup
1 cup blueberries, dried
3 cups fruit, dried, additional (mixed, per your taste)
1 1/2 cups California walnuts, finely chopped
1/4 cup brown rice flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup agave nectar (or to taste)
3/4 cup silken tofu, soft or firm, mashed
Heat the oven to 350 degrees F (325 degrees F for a glass pan). Lightly
spray an 8-inch square baking pan with nonstick spray and line with parchment
Use scissors or a knife to cut the larger pieces of dried fruit into slices
approximately the size of a dried cherry. Combine the dried fruit with the walnuts
in a medium-sized bowl.
Sprinkle in the rice flour and salt, and toss until all the fruit is evenly
Spray a 1/4 cup measure with nonstick spray. Measure in the agave nectar,
then pour it into the fruit mixture. Add the mashed tofu, and mix with a spoon
- or your hands - until everything is thoroughly combined.
Spread the mixture into the prepared pan, and bake in the center of the
oven for 30 to 40 minutes, or until it turns brown around the edges, and the
top surface is dry to the touch. You can take the pan out of the oven at this
point, or, for an even chewier result, turn off the oven and wedge open with
a wooden spoon and leave the pan in there for up to 20 minutes longer.
Remove the pan from the oven, cool for about an hour or more, then cut the
mixture into about a dozen small bars. Transfer them to a rack, and let them
sit for about an hour. (They'll become chewy while "airing out" on the rack.)
Keep the bars in a cookie tin at room temperature - or, if you'll be keeping
them for more than a few days, seal them in a heavy plastic bag and store in
the refrigerator or freezer. Eat at any temperature. (They're even good frozen!)
Total Time 1 Hr 10 Min | Cook Time 1 Hr
Active Time 10 Min | Yield 12 medium-small bars