Apricot-Walnut Cereal Bars

  • Active Time 30m
  • Total Time 2h

16 servings

Crisp and chewy, this bar is a good-for-you alternative to store-bought cereal bars. The secret ingredient, silken tofu, will give your day a protein-packed start. The recipe also works with other fruit-and-nut combinations.

Make Ahead Tip: Individually wrap in plastic and keep at room temperature for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 1 month. Thaw at room temperature or remove plastic, wrap in a paper towel and defrost according to your microwave's directions.

ingredients

  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (about 2 ounces)
  • 3 cups unsweetened puffed-grain cereal, such as Kashi
  • 2 cups chopped dried apricots
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 12 ounces silken tofu, drained (about 1 1/3 cups)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated lemon zest

directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a large (15 1/4 x 10 1/4-inch) jellyroll-style pan with cooking spray.

Spread oats and walnuts on a baking sheet with sides. Bake until fragrant and light golden, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and add puffed cereal, dried apricots, flour and salt; stir to combine.

Meanwhile, puree tofu, egg, oil, honey, vanilla and lemon zest in a food processor or blender until smooth, scraping down the sides as needed. Make a well in the center of the oat mixture; fold in the tofu mixture until combined. Spread evenly in the prepared pan.

Bake until firm in the center and golden brown, 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool completely in the pan on a wire rack before cutting into bars with a sharp knife.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Publisher. All rights reserved.

RecID 7216

nutrition information per serving

306 calories; 12g total fat; 1g total saturated fat; 13mg cholesterol; 87mg sodium; 46g carbohydrates; 3g fiber; 6g 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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