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Cherry-Almond Energy Bars

Hands-on time 10 mins
Total time 35 mins
Yield Serves 16 (serving size: 1 bar)
These bars fit snugly into snack-size zip-top plastic bags but also divide easily into squares. Store in an airtight container up to three days.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup uncooked old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 3/4 cup tart dried cherries, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup salted, dry-roasted almonds, chopped
  • 1/3 cup flaked unsweetened coconut
  • 2 tablespoons flaxseed meal
  • 1 ounce bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup unsalted creamy almond butter
  • 6 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Cooking spray

Nutrition Information

  • calories 205
  • fat 10.6 g
  • satfat 2.1 g
  • monofat 5.1 g
  • polyfat 2.6 g
  • protein 5 g
  • carbohydrate 25 g
  • fiber 3 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 1 mg
  • sodium 54 mg
  • calcium 47 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.

  2. Spread oats and quinoa on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 8 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool. Place oat mixture in a large bowl, and stir in cherries, almonds, coconut, flaxseed meal, and chocolate.

  3. Combine almond butter, honey, oil, and salt in a small saucepan over medium heat; bring to a boil. Cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Pour almond butter mixture over oat mixture; toss well to coat. Press mixture into an 8-inch square glass or ceramic baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 13 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely in dish. Cut evenly into (1 x 4-inch) bars.