Berry Powerful Bars
Servings 8 bars
- 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1/4 cup slivered almonds
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
- 1 Tablespoon flaxseeds preferably golden
- 1 Tablespoon sesame seeds
- 1 cup unsweetened whole-grain puffed cereal see Note
- 1 cup assorted dried fruits blueberries, cranberries, cherries, golden raisins
- 1/4 cup creamy almond butter
- 1/4 cup turbinado sugar
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat an 8-inch-square pan with cooking spray.
Spread oats, almonds, sunflower seeds, flaxseeds and sesame seeds on a large, rimmed baking sheet. Bake until the oats are lightly toasted and the nuts are fragrant, shaking the pan halfway through, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl. Add cereal and dried fruit; toss to combine.
Combine almond butter, sugar, honey, vanilla and salt in a small saucepan. Over medium-low heat, stir frequently until the mixture bubbles lightly, 2 to 5 minutes.
Immediately pour the almond butter mixture over the dry ingredients and mix with a spoon or spatula until no dry spots remain. Transfer to the prepared pan. Using a silicone spatula, press the mixture down firmly to make an even layer (wait until the mixture cools slightly if necessary). Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes; cut into 8 bars.
I used Kashi Go Lean cereal.
(recipe adapted from Eating Well)
Calories: 222kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 40mg | Potassium: 200mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 18g | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 1.5mg