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Whole Grain Fruit and Nut Energy Bars
These bars bring together the protein of nuts, the fiber of dried fruit, and a great energy burst from honey.
1 1/2 cup whole grain plain Os cereal (such as cheerios)
3/4 cup crispy brown rice cereal
1/3 cup slivered almonds
1/4 cup roasted no-salt-added sunflower seeds
3 Tbsp.dry non-fat milk powder
1/4 cup coarsely chopped pitted dates
1/4 cup coarsely chopped dried apricots
1/4 cup dried currants
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup creamy all-natural salted peanut-butter
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Whole Grain Fruit and Nut Energy Bars

Whole Grain Fruit and Nut Energy Bars

Whole Grain Fruit and Nut Energy Bars
  • Servings:Serves 12
  • Prep Time:15 minutes
  • Cook Time:12 minutes
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat an 8-by-8-inch baking pan with vegetable cooking spray.
2. In a large bowl, mix Os cereal, rice cereal, almonds, sunflower seeds, milk powder, dates, apricots, and currants. Set aside.
3. Combine honey and peanut butter in a small, heavy-bottomed saucepan. Heat over medium-low heat, whisking constantly, for about 5 minutes, until mixture is liquefied and very easy to stir. Using a rubber spatula, immediately pour and scrape hot peanut butter mixture over cereal mixture. Stir until thoroughly mixed, breaking up clumps of fruit and nuts as necessary.
4. Transfer mixture to prepared pan and distribute evenly. Holding a piece of waxed paper, press down on mixture with your hand to compact it. Bake at 350 degrees F for 10 to 12 minutes, or until top is just beginning to brown. Set pan on wire rack and cool completely, about 2 hours. Once cool, cut into 12 rectangular bars by dividing pan into 3 rows by 4 rows. Store at room temperature in an airtight container for up to four days.
Source: Hannaford fresh Magazine, March - April 2009