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Healthy Recipe: Easy Whole Grain, Fruit, and Nut Energy Bars

The ongoing peanut butter recall has claimed some of my go-to snack bars, but the good news is I've been inspired to get more creative in my kitchen. This recipe for homemade energy bars is truly a cinch and allows you to be as flexible as possible with whatever you have in your cabinets. I used almond butter, chopped dried apricots, and cashews in my batch, but the possibilities are endless.



Next time, I will use a little more nut butter because the honey seemed to overpower its taste, and the bars didn't hold together as well as I would have liked. Other than that, they were delicious and a great pre-workout snack. Eat them straight from the fridge or warm them up before eating for a gooier treat.

To see the recipe, read more.

Easy Whole Grain, Fruit, and Nut Energy Bars

Easy Whole Grain, Fruit, and Nut Energy Bars

Easy Whole Grain, Fruit, and Nut Energy Bars

Ingredients

3 cups puffed whole-grain cereal (e.g., puffed wheat or Kashi)
1/2 cup chopped nuts or seeds (or a combination)
1/2 (or up to 3/4) cup chopped dried fruit (one fruit, or a combination)
3 tablespoons ground flaxseed
1/3 cup creamy nut or seed butter (e.g. peanut, cashew, almond, soy; natural style is fine)
1/2 cup honey (or brown rice syrup, light molasses, sorghum, or maple syrup)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9x9-inch square metal baking pan foil; spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl mix the cereal, nuts, dried fruit and (optional) flaxseed; set aside.
  3. Place the nut butter and honey in small heavy saucepan. Bring to boil over medium-high heat, whisking constantly for about 1 minute until bubbly and smooth.
  4. Pour hot mixture over cereal mixture in bowl, stirring to blend (mix well to coat all of the cereal).
  5. Transfer mixture to prepared pan. Using a large square of wax paper or foil, firmly press mixture down into pan to firmly compact.
  6. Bake until just golden around edges, about 10 minutes.
  7. Cool completely. Remove bars using foil liner and cut into 16 bars or squares.

Makes 16 servings.

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LoriLynn LoriLynn 4 years
Absolutely AMAZING!!!! I've made them twice now. The fist time, they turned out nearly perfect! The second...a little too gooey (I never follow a recipe which often leads to disasters - added too much goo & not enough stuff), but they still taste great!! I skip the dried fruit & add just a few mini chocolate chips to the top when they come out of the oven. FOR ADDED FLAVOR: I filled most of a one cup measuring cup with raw honey & topped it off with barley malt syrup - YUM!! Next batch will be with a pinch of nutmeg to the nut & honey mixture.
gingrlj gingrlj 5 years
sounds good and I like the variation by adding crunchy crisp cereal to the mix
sourringo sourringo 6 years
wow that looks delicious! :D i can't wait to give this recipe a shot. so nutritious, too.
acfreema acfreema 6 years
I just made these with dates, cranberries & apricots for the dried fruit and kashi go lean for the cereal. I also added some cinnamon and vanilla extract just for fun. They taste delicious and will be my new pre-workout snack all week!
aimeeb aimeeb 6 years
I might need to try this!!
switchmeup switchmeup 6 years
YUM! wish I wasn't at school... I don't have the luxury of making my own food/snacks here but those look awesome. I took one look at the pic and I was like...KASHI! haha. looks just like the cereal :)
0fashionqueen 0fashionqueen 6 years
That looks so good that I think about it and I say I do not need that.
superfoxml superfoxml 6 years
Thanks Fit, this looks great!!!
divinedebris divinedebris 6 years
That looks really good, I might give it a try later in the week.
nancita nancita 6 years
Yum. This looks delicious.
telewyo telewyo 6 years
Are the amounts of honey and nut butter shown in the recipe what you used or what you will use next time (since you said you wish you had used more nut butter and less honey)?
misskacie misskacie 6 years
Ooooh, looks nice! Thanks, Fit!
miss-malone miss-malone 6 years
Sounds delicious!
staticnoise staticnoise 6 years
sounds really interesting. although i have (again) problems with those non-si units -.- how long are these storable? and where? in a box or rather in a breathing package?
becoming-brina becoming-brina 6 years
This sounds great! I want to try it out using agave nectar instead of honey.
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