RISE & SHINE ENERGY BARS – Nuts and Oats

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INGREDIENTS
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1 cup Nature’s Choice gluten-free oats
  • ⅓ cup pine nuts
  • ¼ cup flax seeds
  • ⅔ cup light brown sugar
  • ½ cup honey
  • 4 Tbsp. unsalted earth balance or butter
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. g-free vanilla extract
  • 2 cups g-free puffed brown rice cereal
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread the pecans, oats, pine nuts, and flax seeds on the sheet and bake about 8 minutes or until fragrant. Transfer to a large mixing bowl.
  2. In a saucepan, bring the sugar, honey, butter or Earth Balance, and salt to a boil over medium heat. Simmer until the sugar dissolves and a light brown caramel forms, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.
  3. Pour the caramel over the nut and oat mixture. Stir in the brown rice cereal and the cranberries until evenly coated.
  4. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper, extend the paper over the sides of the pan to use as a handle later. Pour the cereal mixture into the baking dish and spread out into an even layer. Cover the pan with a second piece of parchment and press down to compress the bars. Let the mixture stand for about 2 hours until firm.
  5. Discard the top piece of parchment and use the “handles” from the second piece of parchment to gently remove the cereal square from the pan then cut the squares into 12 equal size bars and serve.

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Source: http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/recipes/snacks/healthy/homemade-granola-bars/?page=5

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