Thursday, January 5, 2012

Cracklin' Oat Bran Bars

I am always looking for easily accessible snacks, especially throughout the work week, and sometimes I find that it can be a little too easy to reach for the unhealthy variety.  So, I wanted to come up with a healthful option that I could turn to when I need to fight a craving brought on by my sweet tooth, need a quick breakfast go to, or even as a mid-day pick me up.

Cracklin’ Oat Bran adds heartiness, while the addition of cashews and almonds offer the benefits of protein, vitamin E and iron, and delicious Pomegranate Juice Infused Craisins add a cholesterol and fat free, fiber sourced boost of energy.  Super easy to make, no baking required, this recipe yields 24 bars.

Ingredients


½ cup toasted cashews
½ cup toasted almonds
½ cup Gihrardelli® 60% Cocao Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
¾ cup honey
¼ cup creamy peanut butter
¼ cup brown sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
¼ tsp salt
Zest of one lemon

In a sauce pan, on medium heat, melt the honey, molasses, vanilla, brown sugar, salt and peanut butter until smooth, turn off the heat and allow to cool 10 minutes.  In a large mixing bowl, combine the cereal, craisins, cashews, almonds, lemon zest and semi-sweet chocolate chips, then slowly pour in the honey mixture, stirring until everything is evenly coated.  Pour into a 13 x 9 inch parchment lined pan, cover with another sheet of parchment and allow to cool in the refrigerator for at least an hour before cutting.

10 comments:

  1. Oh wow, this sounds like one intense bar! So many flavors - I'd be interested to try these :)

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  2. I am totally with you in needing to prepare snacks ahead of time, or I made unwise food choices. This would definitely sate my sweet tooth and I love all the healthy ingredients. Yum!!

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  3. I am all for the grain bars. A few of these will leave you full for hours! This has a great blend of ingredients. The chocolate is just enough to get your sweet fix while the other is just healthy goodness. I have saved this recipe, great post.

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  4. I discoverd Cracklin Oat Bran in college and it by far is my favorite cereal. Once I start I have a really hard time stopping. I limit my amounts but only buying it every so often. Then it is a mad race between me and my husband to finish the box.

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  5. Ha I agree w/Emily. I love Cracklin' Oat Bran a little too much!

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  6. What a great idea and terrific recipe! I love that you have healthy snacks available to much on. I try to keep fresh veggies readily available, but I suspect this would keep me from reaching for the junk food!

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  7. I LOVEEEEEE cracklin' oat bran! It was my favorite cereal growing up, so I have no doubt I would love these!

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  8. What an awesome looking snack! My kids would really love them.

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