Cranberry-Pistachio Energy Bars

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:
Recipe from Cooking Light

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Recipe Time

Hands On: 10 Minutes
Total: 35 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 193
  • Fat: 10.1g
  • Saturated fat: 2.1g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 4.6g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 2.6g
  • Protein: 5g
  • Carbohydrate: 23g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0mg
  • Iron: 1mg
  • Sodium: 72mg
  • Calcium: 43mg

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. 1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. 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. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Serves 16 (serving size: 1 bar)
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. Serves 16 (serving size: 1 bar)
  9. 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.

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