By Carolyn Malcoun , August 18, 2010 - 11:48am
When it comes to lunch, not much has changed since I was a kid—even at age 34, I’m still envious when a co-worker pulls out a treat that I wish I had in my lunch bag! Whether you’re packing a lunch for the kids or brown-bagging it at work, it’s always nice to include a little treat.
I like to make these easy, healthy homemade fruit bars on Sunday afternoons. This recipe makes a nice-size batch and holds well for up to 5 days, so I can put them in my lunchbox all week as a special treat. And whether you’re a baker or not, this is one of the easiest dessert recipes the EatingWell Test Kitchen has ever created.
First off, the crust comes together in a snap in my food processor and doubles as the topping with some more chopped nuts stirred in. Is your child’s school a nut-free zone? These fruit bars area equally good when made with oats.
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Plus I don’t have to get out my rolling pin: I just press the crust into the pan. The versatile fruit filling works with fresh, frozen or even dried fruit. Since local orchards are starting to have apples, I’m making the bars with an apple-cinnamon filling, but these bars are equally great filled with summer-ripe peaches or dried fruit in the winter. See recipes for all 5 fruit bar fillings .
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Apple-Cinnamon Fruit Bars 
These easy apple-cinnamon fruit bars make a big batch—perfect for fall potlucks and parties.
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