Great for breakfast on the go! Golden roasted nuts, seeds and oats are enveloped by flavorful almond butter in these delectably chewy, no-fuss energy bars. Unrefined turbinado sugar adds a deep caramelly undertone. Feel free to use light brown sugar instead. Bars stored at room temperature will be softer than those that are refrigerated.
- 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 Tip)
- 1/3 cup currants
- 1/3 cup chopped dried apricots
- 1/3 cup chopped golden raisins
- 1/4 cup creamy almond butter (see Tip)
- 1/4 cup turbinado sugar (see Tip)
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat an 8-inch-square pan with cooking spray.
Spread the 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 the cereal, currants, apricots and raisins; toss to combine.
Combine the almond butter, sugar, honey, vanilla and salt in a small saucepan. Heat over medium-low, stirring 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. Lightly coat your hands with cooking spray and 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.
Tip: <br>Ingredient Note: For this recipe, we like unsweetened puffed multi-grain cereal, such as Kashi&#8217;s 7 Whole Grain Puffs. Almond butter can be found at natural-foods stores and large supermarkets, near the peanut butter. Turbinado sugar is steam-cleaned raw cane sugar. It&#8217;s coarse-grained and light brown in color, with a slight molasses flavor. Find it in the natural-foods section of large supermarkets or at natural-foods stores. <br><br>Make Ahead: Store in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 1 month; thaw at room temperature.
Recipe reprinted by permission of Publisher. All rights reserved.
nutrition information per serving
244 calories; 10g total fat; 1g total saturated fat; 0mg cholesterol; 74mg sodium; 0g carbohydrates; 3g fiber; 5g 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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