Cranberry-Pistachio Energy Bars

Cranberry-Pistachio Energy BarsRecipe
Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Cindy Barr

 

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.

Yield:

Serves 16 (serving size: 1 bar)
Total time: 35 Minutes

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Recipe Time

Hands-on: 10 Minutes
Total: 35 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 193
Fat 10.1 g
Satfat 2.1 g
Monofat 4.6 g
Polyfat 2.6 g
Protein 5 g
Carbohydrate 23 g
Fiber 3 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Iron 1 mg
Sodium 72 mg
Calcium 43 mg

Ingredients

1 cup uncooked old-fashioned rolled oats
3/4 cup uncooked quinoa
3/4 cup sweetened dried cranberries, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup salted, dry-roasted pistachios, 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 agave nectar
1 tablespoon canola oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
Cooking spray

Preparation

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 cranberries, pistachios, coconut, flaxseed meal, and chocolate.

3. Combine almond butter, agave, 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.

Cherry-Almond Energy Bars: Substitute coarsely chopped tart dried cherries for the cranberries, and chopped salted, dry-roasted almonds for the pistachios. Substitute honey for the agave nectar.

Serves 16 (serving size: 1 bar)

CALORIES 205; FAT 10.6g (sat 2.1g, mono 5.1g, poly 2.6g); PROTEIN 5g; CARB 25g; FIBER 3g; CHOL 0mg; IRON 1mg; SODIUM 54mg; CALC 47mg

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Raisin Energy Bars: Substitute golden raisins for the cranberries and chopped salted, dry-roasted peanuts for the pistachios. Omit the coconut and chocolate. Add 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon to the oat mixture in step 2. Substitute creamy peanut butter for the almond butter and honey for the agave nectar.

Serves 16 (serving size: 1 bar)

CALORIES 179; FAT 8.6g (sat 1.2g, mono 2.8g, poly 2g); PROTEIN 6g; CARB 23g; FIBER 2g; CHOL 0mg; IRON 1mg; SODIUM 94mg; CALC 18mg

Note:

When retesting the energy bars (cranberry and peanut butter), combine the “liquid” ingredients and gently warmed them in the microwave. Also, firmly pressed the mixture into the pan.