Almond-Honey Power Bar

Almond-Honey Power Bar

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.

From EatingWell: January/February 2010
Yield: 8 bars
Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour (including chilling)

Ingredients

  1. 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  2. 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  3. 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  4. 1 tablespoon flaxseeds, preferably golden
  5. 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  6. 1 cup unsweetened whole-grain puffed cereal (see Note)
  7. 1/3 cup currants
  8. 1/3 cup chopped dried apricots
  9. 1/3 cup chopped golden raisins
  10. 1/4 cup creamy almond butter (see Note)
  11. 1/4 cup turbinado sugar (see Note)
  12. 1/4 cup honey
  13. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  14. 1/8 teaspoon salt

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat an 8-inch-square pan with cooking spray.
  2. 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, currants, apricots and raisins; toss to combine.
  3. Combine 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.
  4. 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.

Tips & Notes

Nutrition

Nutrition Per Serving: 244 calories; 10 g fat (1 g sat, 5 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 38 g carbohydrates; 5 g protein; 3 g fiber; 74 mg sodium; 313 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Magnesium (19% daily value).

2 1/2 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 1/2 other carbohydrate, 2 fat