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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. 🙂

Almond-Honey Power Bar

Almond-Honey Power Bar

Yield: 16 bars
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

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

Instructions

  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.

Notes

Source: adapted from Eating Well, January/February 2010

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