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Homemade Energy Bars

Homemade Energy Bars
 
Homemade Energy Bars
This healthy recipe comes from Arizona Cooperative Extension.

Ingredients

2 c. rolled oats

1/2 c. shelled pumpkin seeds (or sunflower or other seed)

1 c. sliced almonds

1/2 c. ground flax seed

1/2 c. honey

1/4 c. brown sugar, packed

2 Tbsp. butter

2 tsp. vanilla

1 to 2 tsp. cinnamon

1 1/2 c. dried fruit (cranberries, raisins, cut dried fruit)

Pinch of salt

Cooking spray

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray a 9- by 9-inch baking pan with cooking spray. Spread oats, pumpkin seeds and almonds out onto a cookie sheet. Toast in the oven for 10 minutes, or until golden brown, stirring every five minutes. Heat honey, brown sugar, butter, vanilla, salt and cinnamon in a saucepan until the sugar is completely dissolved. Remove the oat and nut mixture from the oven and combine with the ground flax seed, dried fruit, and sugar and butter mixture. Evenly distribute the mixture in the baking pan.

Reduce the oven temperature to 300 F and bake 25 minutes. Remove from oven and cool. Cut into 16 squares. You can store the bars in plastic wrap or place in zip-top plastic bags.

 

Makes 16 servings. Each serving has 170 calories, 7 grams (g) fat, 4 g protein, 22.5 g carbohydrate and 6.5 g fiber.

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