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3-Ingredient Fruit Greens Chia Bars {Vegan, Grain-free}

3-ingredient fruit greens chia bars made with dried fruit, chia, and oven-dried greens! They are a DIY version of Lara bar fruits and greens bars. Vegan & grain-free.
ingredient for chia fruit and greens bars on a. piece of slate

Easy No-Bake Chia Bars with Greens Added

Are you ready for an easy, 3-ingredient energy bar that packs in a wallop of vegetables? Me too!

I’ve recently come across two new, ready-to-eat bars that are minimally processed and very tasty.

The bars in question are  fruits & greens bars made with nothing more than dried fruit, nuts and greens, and pressed with care by Kind Bars a blend of dried fruit and chia seeds, with the addition of greens in the pineapple-banana flavor.

The flavor and texture of each is fresh, flavorful and satisfying: not-too-sweet, not-too-nutty, and perfect for fueling, snacking, or dessert-ing (apologies for the last noun-verb!).

But…

They are expensive: about $1.75 to $2.50 per bar, depending on the store and state. And,

They are tiny! Itty-bitty, teeny-weeny-two-bites tiny, with each bar weighing in at 1.2 ounces/35 grams.

Being me, I had to figure out how to make my own, and then share the recipe with all of you!

DIY Version of Fruit & Greens Energy Bars

Ready? Good, because what I’ve come up with is a cinch.

You have likely seen umpteen versions of homemade larabars (dried fruit + nuts), including right here on powerhungry (circa February 2008!).

Oven-Dry the Greens in Minutes

Grinding dried fruit and nuts or seeds to make no-bake bars isn’t the hurdle; adding greens–such as kale or spinach–is. Why? Because you cannot add it raw. Well, you could, but it won’t keep well (refrigeration or freezing would be required), the bars will break down (due to the water content from the greens), and in the case of kale, they will taste pretty repulsive.

The solution to all of the above? Dry the greens in the oven before adding to the bars, like so:

oven dried spinach leaves on a parchment lined baking sheet

Ten to fifteen minutes in a 350F/180C oven is all that it takes to render the leaves dry and crispy. How simple is that?

The Larabar fruits and greens bars boast 1/4 cup of spinach per bar; my version has 3/4 cup (packed) per bar. You can add more or less, and/or vary the types of greens, to your liking.

How to Assemble the Bars

Once your greens are cooled, chop them up along with chia seeds and dried fruit. I made both apricot and cherry bars, but you can do just about any dried fruit or dried fruit combination you prefer.

apricot and cherry chia greens bars

Once all is chopped, you can hand-shape into bars, or press into muffin cups for round “bars” (no cutting required!), as I have done here for both dried apricots and dried cherries.

Consider rolling these into bite-size bliss balls, too. I am in the final throes of training for the COWTOWN Marathon in Fort Worth in 2 weeks and the balls are perfect for refueling mid-run

Enjoy, everyone, and let me know if you give these a try!

Yield: 4 bars

3-Ingredient Fruit Greens Chia Bars

fruit and greens chia bar on a piece of parchment

3-ingredient fruit greens chia bars made with dried fruit, chia, and oven-dried greens! They are fast and easy to make. Vegan & grain-free.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 packed cups fresh spinach leaves
  • 3/4 cup (120 grams) dried apricots, dried cherries, or dried fruit(s) of choice
  • 2 and 1/2 tablespoons (32.5 g) chia seeds

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a large baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. Spread the spinach on the baking sheet in an even layer. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 to 15 minutes until the spinach appears dry but is still mostly green (watch closely during final few minutes). Transfer to a cooling rack and cool completely on baking pan.
  3. In a food processor, process the dried fruit until very finely chopped and sticking together. Add the chia seeds and crumble in the cooled spinach leaves. Process until very well blended.
  4. Scrape mixture out of food processor and roll in an even log (any size). Cut the log into 4 equal pieces. Press each piece into 4 cups of a standard muffin tin (coated with nonstick spray) to make "pucks" or shape into bars. Chill about 1 hour until firm (remove from tin if making pucks).

Notes

Storage: Store, wrapped, in an airtight container at room temperature for 5 days, in the refrigerator for 3 weeks, or the freezer for 6 months.

Parchment paper tip: Spinach, in particular, tends to stick like crazy to the baking pan; this is solved when using parchment. Wait until the spinach is completely cool before removing it from the paper (it will release easily once completely cool).

Greens: Any equal amount of kale, or other greens of your choice, can be used in place of the kale. Feel free to add more or less according to your preference!

Nutrition Information

Serving Size

1 bar

Amount Per Serving Calories 116Total Fat 3.1gSaturated Fat 0.3gCholesterol 0mgSodium 21mgCarbohydrates 22.8gFiber 5.9gSugar 16.1gProtein 3.6g

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Kathryn

Friday 11th of September 2020

I'm a little late to the game here, but I wanted to thank you for this recipe! I've been making a variation on this with kale, spinach, dried apricots and two tablespoons of flaxseed powder, and I think it's a big reason why I was able to lower my cholesterol a few points.

Camilla

Monday 28th of December 2020

Wow, that is so wonderful, Kathryn!

Preeti

Thursday 11th of June 2020

Has anyone used a green powder in place of the dehydrated spinach?

Camilla

Thursday 11th of June 2020

Preeti, that is a brilliant idea! I think that would work perfectly (in fact, I have some greens powder in the pantry that needs to be used up). I would start with a few teaspoons at a time to get the balance of flavor and texture you like.

Laura

Thursday 8th of August 2019

What would be the best way of doing this with fresh fruit? If I buy dried fruit, I may as well just by the pressed by Kind bars since it will be just as expensive.

Thanks

Camilla

Friday 9th of August 2019

Hi Laura, I’m sorry, I don’t have a method for making this with fresh fruit.

jenna blaustein

Monday 13th of February 2017

hi there, is there a recipe attached to this post? I do not see it.

they look yummy!

Camilla

Thursday 16th of February 2017

Sorry about that, Jenna! I accidentally hit "publish" before finishing to upload the entire post :(

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