No-Bake Cherry-Vanilla Snack Bars Recipe

| 6/26/2014 9:16:00 AM

cherry bars

I was a sugar fiend and junk-food junkie by the time I was preschool. My first steps were solicited with ice cream, and as a one-and-a-half-year-old flower girl in my uncle’s wedding, I was coaxed down the aisle with a Snickers Bar. These early encounters with over-processed, sugar-laden “foods” set in motion an addiction to sweets I struggle with to this day.

So when my daughter was old enough to start eating solids, it was very important to me to avoid feeding her not only foods with artificial ingredients, but also those with added sugars. As long as I was the custodian of her diet, I was going to take that role seriously.


Now that she’s old enough to ask for what she wants (and old enough to have been exposed to more than just what I keep in the pantry), some of her favorite requests remain fruits and nuts.

These incredibly easy, no-bake snack bars combine some of her favorite treats into a portable, anytime treat we can pack for the pool, road-trips, or shopping excursions—and they make a great post-workout (or anytime) treat for me as well. Sweet-tooth satisfied.

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