This nutty fruit bar is a grain-free and gluten-free energy bar. I have been playing around with the ingredients and like the ones listed below the most. However your choice of nuts can be exchanged, the seeds could be omitted and  any dried fruit that your pet may like can be thrown in. 


There are a few nuts like walnuts are thought to cuase some dogs digestive issues and You might want to avoid raisins and grapes. 

These treats certainly satisfy any dogs sweet treat craving. Therefore, they fit the bill for a healthy mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack before your morning run or afternoon park visit . I guess the size is what matters here. I don't need to mention that my working dogs tend to be rather large. The sport dog training is a good excuse for their largeness and supply them with added protein for a boost of energy during our training.




1/4 cup orange juice

1/4 cup dried dates, pitted and roughly chopped


1/2 cup almonds

1/2 cup peanut


1/4 cup dried apricots, roughly chopped

1/4 cup dried figs, roughly chopped


1/4 cup dried cranberries

1/4 cup pumpkin seeds

1/2 cup sunflower seeds 
1/4 cup desiccated coconut



Yields 8-10 Large bars or ......

Preheat oven to 150C (300F). Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Pour fruit juice over dates and let soak for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, place nuts, apricots, and figs in a food processor and pulse a few times until coarsely chopped. Add dates with orange juice and pulse until mixture starts to stick together. Transfer the mixture to a bowl. Add cranberries, coconut and seeds, kneading the batter until all is well incorporated.

Use the prepared baking sheet as surface and fill large cookie cutters with the batter. Gently remove the cutter to keep the bars in shape. Repeat until all batter is used up.

Bake 10-12 minutes. Using a heatproof spatula, gently turn bars over and bake another 10-12 minutes, or until nuts are toasted (but before fruit begins to burn). Let cool completely before storing in an airtight container.



You may want to dry your own trial mix to use for these treats


Drying Fruit using an Oven, a Food Dehydrator, a Wood Stove, or in the Sun


There are several ways to actually dry the fruit.  A dehydrator is probably the most common method, but since we think wood stove-dried apples are best, we usually dry them over the wood stove (more on this below).


Drying fruit in a Food Dehydrator

This is a good method for dehydrating food. An electric food dehydrator is simple to use and energy efficient.


Drying Fruit in an Oven

You can also dry apples in your oven if your oven can get the temperature down to 145 degrees Fahrenheit. (Some ovens will only go as low as 200 degrees.) You’ll need to keep the oven door open slightly to allow the moist air to escape. Positioning a fan by the door to keep air circulating is helpful too.


Drying Fruit in the Sun

This is rather difficult because you need lots of sun, plenty of heat, and low humidity. Besides drying blueberries in the back window of my car once – which actually worked great! – I have no experience with this, so if you are thinking about sun drying you may want to do a little research first.


Drying Fruit over a Wood Stove

Our favorite method for drying fruit is over our wood stove because dogs love how the fruit turn out crispier. 



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