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Cherry and Chocolate Energy Bars

 
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I have to say that these bars were so delicious, crunchy texture with sweet-slightly sour and nutty flavor. Packed with goodness and yumminess. Not only kids love them, grown-ups also can't have enough.

Yield

16

servings

Prep

10

min

Cook

2

min

Ready

2

hrs

Low in Saturated Fat, Low Cholesterol, Cholesterol-Free, Trans-fat Free, Very low in sodium, Low Sodium
 

Ingredients

2 ⅔ cups puffed wheat cereal
unsweetened
*
½ cup pecan halves
chopped medium-fine
¼ cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
salted and roasted
¼ cup cherries, dried
or dried cranberries, coarsely chopped
*
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
1 tablespoon ground flax seed
*
½ cup honey
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
teaspoon salt
*
½ cup mini chocolate chips
prefer bittersweet, or finely chopped bittersweet chocolate
*

Directions

Position a rack in lower third of oven, preheat to 300°F.

Line an 8-inch-square pan with parchment paper, allowing it to overhang on two opposite sides.

Mix together cereal, pecans, pepitas, cherries (or cranberries), sesame seeds and ground flaxseeds in a large bowl.

Add honey, vanilla and salt in a small saucepan.

Warm over medium heat, stirring, until the honey is more fluid and the salt is dissolved.

Pour the honey mixture over the dry ingredients and fold until everything is moistened and sticky.

Allow to cool for 5 minutes.

Fold in chips (or chopped chocolate) until evenly distributed.

Transfer the mixture into the prepared pan and spread evenly with a fork.

Using the back of the spoon or fork, press the mixture very firmly all over. (Alternatively, cover with parchment paper and press firmly all over.)

Bake until the top is golden brown, 35 to 38 minutes, do not let the honey burn.

Run a knife along the unlined sides of the pan to detach the bars.

Allow to cool in the pan on a wire rack to room temperature, about 1 hour.

Use the ends of the parchment to lift the bars from the pan.

Gently remove the parchment.

Cut into 16 squares.

Serve or store at an air-tight container.

 

* not incl. in nutrient facts

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 16g (0.6 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 6644% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 5%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 19mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 2%
Sugars g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 1% Iron 2%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?

 

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