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On-the-Go Cereal Snack Bars

  • Author: APRÉS RUN
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 9 bars or 12 squares 1x
  • Category: Snacks
  • Cuisine: Healthy

Description

These cereal bars are healthy, super tasty, and make a great, portable snack you can take anywhere. I love the combination of Cheerios and oats – they make the bar feel reminiscent of a childhood snack, but are beefed up with lots of nuts, seeds, and dried cranberries to make them super nourishing and healthy.


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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup rolled oats (gluten-free, if needed)
  • 1 1/2 cup Cheerios
  • 1 cup raw, unsalted almonds
  • 1/4 cup shelled unsalted pistachios
  • 1/4 cup unsalted sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries, preferably unsweetened or lightly sweetened
  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup brown rice syrup*
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • Coconut oil, for greasing pan

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350º F. Meanwhile, grease a 9×9″ pan with coconut oil, and set aside.
  2. Toss oats, almonds, and cinnamon on a baking sheet, and toast in the oven for 12-15 minutes, or until slightly golden and fragrant. Remove from oven, and let cool.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine Cheerios, nuts and seeds, and dried cranberries with the toasted oats, almonds, and cinnamon. Mix together.
  4. Heat a small saucepan over medium-low heat, and add your peanut butter, brown rice syrup, vanilla, and salt. Stir, and keep over heat until smooth, warm, and just combined. This should just take a few minutes.
  5. Pour the peanut butter and brown rice syrup mixture into your large mixing bowl, and toss until all ingredients are well-coated and sticky.
  6. Press the combined mixture into your greased baking pan, cover, and let set in the freezer for 30 minutes.
  7. Once set, remove from freezer and cut into squares or bars of your choice.

Notes

* – I can’t guarantee results with any other sweetener. Brown rice syrup is really important for the right consistency and ‘stick’ factor. I purchased mine from Amazon and really love the Lundberg brand.

Keywords: Snack bars, cereal bars, healthy cereal bars, granola bars, healthy granola bars, gluten free granola bars, trail mix bars

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