This is a pretty adaptable recipe and a reasonable treat.  Making bars is so much easier than cookies.  My girls hate dried fruit for some reason, but other kids like it so it’s a good addition if you can swing it.  Some may go for the fruit but not the nuts.  And the almond meal really adds richness as well as protein. You also might try subbing “white” whole wheat flour for all the flour.

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2 cups brown sugar

1 cup butter, softened

3 large eggs

1 tsp. vanilla

1 cup all purpose flour

1/3 cup whole wheat flour

1/3 cup almond meal

2 1/2         teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 12-ounce package semisweet chocolate chips

1 generous cup coarsely chopped pecans (or walnuts)

1 cup dried fruit of choice (cherries, golden raisins, cranberries)


Preheat oven to 350°F.  Butter 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan.


Using an electric mixer, beat sugar and butter in large bowl to blend. Beat in eggs 1 at a time, then vanilla.


Whisk together flours, almond meal, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.  Gradually beat into butter mixture.  Mix in chocolate chips, nuts and fruit. Spread batter in prepared pan.


Bake until top is golden and tester inserted into center comes out with moist crumbs still attached, about 35 – 40 minutes. Cool in pan on rack; cut into bars.



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