• Meg

Buckwheat Fruit and Nut Bars

I have a picky eater. As much as it kills me to admit, my daughter Cobie hates veggies and is quite selective about all the foods that she eats.

I realize that this is common in the toddler years and I do my best to be patient and offer her meals and snacks that I know she'll enjoy while also continually incorporating ingredients that she could use more exposure to.

I whipped up these bars last week for her and I was pleasantly surprised by her willingness to try them; even with their robust orange tang (thanks to the zest) and variety of dried fruits (I used prune, apricot, dates, and cherries).

Buckwheat Fruit and Nut Bars

1 large orange

1/4 cup coconut sugar

1 cup chopped dried fruit

3 cups buckwheat flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1 egg lightly beaten

1/3 cup maple syrup

1/4 cup almond butter

1 cup chopped walnuts or almonds

Preheat oven to 350F. Line 13x9 baking pan with p