Almond-Honey Power Bar

We all know how important breakfast is, however, too many times we rush out the door without breakfast and end up grabbing something unhealthy from the cafeteria or vending machine at work. These homemade power bars are great for breakfast on the go! Packed with roasted nuts, seeds, oats and dried fruit and with only 122 calories per power bar, they won’t wreak your diet either. This is one snack you can feel good about eating! Throw one in your bag for a mid afternoon snack or an after workout booster. :)

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Almond-Honey Power Bar

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Ingredients:
  • 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 (Kashi’s 7 Whole Grain Puffs)
  • 1/4 cup toasted wheat germ
  • 1/3 cup currants
  • 1/3 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 1/3 cup chopped golden raisins
  • 1/4 cup creamy almond butter
  • 1/4 cup turbinado sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter the bottom and sides of a 8-inch square baking pan. Put a long piece of parchment paper in the bottom of the pan, letting the parchment extend up the two short sides of the pan and overhang slightly on both ends.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine oats, almonds, sunflower seeds, flaxseeds and sesame seeds. Spread onto a rimmed sheet pan and bake for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned. Transfer the mixture to a large mixing bowl and stir in the puffed cereal, wheat germ, currants, apricots and raisins; toss to combine.
  3. In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, bring the almond butter, sugar, honey, vanilla, and salt to a simmer boil. Cook and stir for a minute, then pour over the toasted oatmeal mixture; mix until combined.
  4. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Using a small piece of parchment paper, press mixture evenly into pan. Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes. Cut into bars and serve. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Yields: 16 bars
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Ready in: 50 minutes

Source: adapted from Eating Well, January/February 2010

Looking for more granola bar recipe? Check out a few of my favorites! :D

15 Responses to “Almond-Honey Power Bar”

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    christina — January 10, 2012 @ 12:52 pm

    This is the first homemade power bar recipe I’ve found that doesn’t use peanut butter (my sons are allergic to peanuts). Thank you!

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    juniakk @ mis pensamientos — January 10, 2012 @ 1:42 pm

    sweet pea, i love how healthy this bar is!!! perfect for the new year for healthy snacking :)

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — January 10, 2012 @ 2:06 pm

    These look like a perfect snack!

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    ChgoJohn — January 10, 2012 @ 5:29 pm

    As you say, Christina, these would make a perfect afternoon snack or breakfast on-the-go. Much, much better than any of those commercially prepared.

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    fitsgreaterthanskinny — January 10, 2012 @ 5:41 pm

    These look AMAZING!!!! I hate store bought granola bars they have nothing healthy in them…these look tasty and healthy!

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    The Teenage Taste — January 10, 2012 @ 5:55 pm

    Yay for the granola bar round-up! Everything looks so delicious and I’m always looking for great on-the-go snacks to make! I’m bookmarking this! :-D

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    Just A Smidgen — January 10, 2012 @ 11:02 pm

    Your photos are always so enticing, these look so filling and yet you say they are so few calories!! Even with those ingredients!! Yummy! I want to make a few of these, I’m so tired of my store-bought ones (shhh, yes, I know.. store bought, but it was so easy at the time). Once I’m done eating those I’m getting out the baking pans! xo Smidge

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    muppy — January 11, 2012 @ 2:03 am

    i have to confess i always eat breakfast! but these do loook great, so perfect :)

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    Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide — January 11, 2012 @ 10:14 am

    These would be such a great snack on road trips too.

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    Beth Michelle — January 14, 2012 @ 1:27 pm

    These look so great! I would love to throw one in my bag to have with me whenever hunger hits!

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    Eliot — January 14, 2012 @ 2:04 pm

    I love this recipe. I am always looking for healthy and homemade alternatives to store-bought breakfast bars.

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    losangelas — January 14, 2012 @ 4:05 pm

    A delicious healthy snack/light meal, I’m all for it! Thanks :)

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    Sugarbakers — January 17, 2012 @ 4:05 pm

    I am so making these for my daughter to take back to college. We buy protein bars and Larabars but these look so much nicer, I love your recipes!

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    Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen — January 18, 2012 @ 12:06 am

    Wow these look great, I have been looking for some granola/power bar recipes for a while so I am so glad I found your page!! :)

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