Nut-Free Chocolate-Cherry Snack Bars

  • Active Time 15m
  • Total Time 1h 50m

16 bars

Chewy, crunchy and delicious nut-free snack bars with good-for-you dried fruit, oats and little explosions of chocolate. We like the flavor of dried cherries or cranberries, but any coarsely chopped dried fruit will work.

Make Ahead Tip: Store airtight for up to 1 week. | Equipment: parchment paper

ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups unsweetened puffed wheat cereal
  • 3/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries or dried cranberries, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips or finely chopped bittersweet chocolate

directions

Position a rack in the lower third of the oven; preheat to 300 degrees F. Line an 8-inch-square pan with parchment paper, letting it overhang on two opposite sides.

Toss the cereal, oats and dried cherries (or cranberries) in a large bowl.

Combine the honey, vanilla and salt in a small saucepan. Warm over medium heat, stirring, until the honey is more fluid and the salt is dissolved. Pour the honey mixture over the dry ingredients and fold until everything is moistened and sticky. Let cool for 5 minutes. Fold in the chips (or chopped chocolate) until evenly distributed. Scrape the mixture into the prepared pan and spread evenly with a fork. Using the back of the fork, press the mixture very firmly all over. (Alternatively, cover with parchment paper and press firmly all over).

Bake until the top is golden brown, about 35 minutes. (If in doubt, take it out so the honey does not burn). Run a knife along the unlined sides of the pan to detach the bars. Let cool in the pan on a wire rack to room temperature, about 1 hour. Use the ends of the parchment to lift the bars from the pan. Gently peel off the parchment. Use a heavy sharp knife to cut into 16 bars or squares.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Publisher. All rights reserved.

RecID 10407

nutrition information per serving

93 calories; 2g total fat; 1g total saturated fat; 0mg cholesterol; 20mg sodium; 19g carbohydrates; 1g fiber; 1g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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