Are you a sweet and salty snack lover?
I recently discovered Sweet and Salty’s XL dark chocolate fruit and nut bars… Oh my heavenly chocolateness! I love them! One box was gone in one weekend. Oops. 😀
Upon the discovery of the empty granola bar box, I knew the kitchen experiments would have to begin soon. I love attempting to recreate food I’ve fallen in love with! And while these aren’t a copycat recipe, they do fill my sweet and salty snack cravings perfectly!
These tropical fruit and nut inspired snack bars are quick, easy, and perfect for packing in great nutrients. Instead of measuring out each type of fruit and nut, I decided on choosing a tropical trail mix to save on time. You can pick any types of dried fruit and nuts you like though! My favorites are the dried pineapple and cashews. ❤
Hope these inspire you to create your favorite sweet and salty snack bar!
Tropical, Chocolate-Covered Sweet and Salty Snack Bars
*Takes 1 hour, including chilling time
*Makes 10 large bars, or 20 small squares
2 1/2 c. dried tropical fruit and nuts (I used a mixture of pineapple, banana chips, raisins, cashews, and peanuts)
1 c. crushed Cheerios cereal
1 1/3 c. quick oats
1/4 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. peanut butter
1 Tbsp. coconut oil
1/2 c. light Karo syrup
1/2 c. honey
1 c. dark chocolate chips
In a large bowl, mix the nuts, cereal, oats and salt. Melt the peanut butter and coconut oil in the microwave for no more than 35 seconds. Pour into the dry mixture. Add syrup and honey and mix well with a rubber spatula. Lightly grease an 8 X 8 baking dish and press the mixture into the tray. You’ll want to squish it down and together as much as you can to get a more solid texture; this will help the bars not fall apart.
Place the bars in the fridge and chill for at least 20 minutes. While chilling, melt the chocolate in the microwave on medium heat, stopping and stirring every 30 seconds until completely melted.
Remove bars from fridge and cut into 10 large or 20 small equal bars. Drizzle the chocolate generously over all the bars. Place the bars in the freezer or fridge to harden for about 30 more minutes.
These are best kept (thanks to the chocolate) in the fridge or freezer for a cool treat, but you could also package them up with wax paper individually for lunches or on-the-go snacking.
Hopefully these pretty and tasty snack bars will be perfect for the sweet and salty snack lovers in your house!
Is your snack-tooth sweet, salty or both?