Bella Viva Bars


6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ cup dark brown sugar
1 cup walnuts, lightly toasted and coarsely chopped
½ cup whole almonds, lightly toasted and coarsely chopped
½ cup dried Moyer prunes, pitted and halved
½ cup dried apricot halves
½ cup dried Bing cherries
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Preheat the oven to 325° F. Prepare a 8×8-inch square pan with nonstick spray or line the bottom and sides with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add the brown sugar, walnuts, almonds, prunes, apricots and cherries, and using your fingers, separate any pieces sticking together.

In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and vanilla to combine. Add this mixture to the dry ingredients and using a rubber spatula, stir until all the fruits and nuts are coated with the batter. Spread the mixture evenly in the baking pan.