Saturday, March 27, 2010

Almond-Oat-Fruit Nutrition Bar

This song keeps coming up in my head by Aretha Franklin
Without a word of warning
The blues walked in this morning
And circled round my lonely room
I didn't know why I had
That sad and lonely feeling
Till my baby called and said it's through
Yesterday I sang a love song
But today I sing the blues
That is a great song, yet sort of sad............ And it had nothing to do with my making energy bars. I just like the song…………..

After making that Gluten Free Banana Pound cake, I ate a bit more than I should have, so I am making something nutritious today.

Almond-Oat-Fruit Nutrition Bar
A crunchy, slightly tart nutrition bar
2 1/2 cup Old-fashioned Rolled Oats
1/2 cup Slivered Almonds
1/2 cup Sunflower Seeds
2 Tbsp Flaxseeds (used flax seed meal)
2 Tbsp Sesame Seeds
1 1/2 cup Unsweetened Whole-grain Puffed Cereal (used Arrowhead Mills Puffed Rice)
2/3 cup Cranberries, Sweetened with Apple Juice
1/3 cup cranberries, dried
1/2 cup creamy almond butter
1/2 cup blue agave nectar
1/4 cup SPLENDA Sweetener, Granulated
1/4 cup Turbinado sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp salt

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat an 8-inch-square pan with cooking spray.
2. Spread oats, almonds, sunflower seeds, flaxseed meal; and sesame seeds on a large baking sheet. Bake about 10 minutes or until everything is lightly toasted, stir after 5 minutes. Pour the oat mix in a large bowl. Add cereal and cranberries; toss to combine.

3. Combine almond butter, sugar, agave nectar, Splenda, vanilla and salt in a small saucepan. Heat over medium-low, stirring frequently, until the mixture bubbles lightly, 2 to 5 minutes.
4. Immediately pour the almond butter mixture over the dry ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon thoroughly and quickly. Spread into the prepared pan. Press the mixture down evenly over the pan using hands or wooden spoon  or hard spatula.   Refrigerate (30 minutes) or let cool until firm (1 hr) cut into 24 bars.

Servings: 24
Yield: 24 bars

Cooking Times
Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1/24 of a recipe (3 ounces).
Nutrition information calculated from recipe ingredients.

Amount Per Serving
Calories 156.95
Total Fat 7.37g
Saturated Fat 0.74g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 46.98mg
Potassium 97.06mg
Total Carbohydrates 21.26g
Fiber 2.25g
Sugar 6.31g
Protein 3.35g

I got the inspiration from Almond-Honey Power Bar in EatingWell: January/February 2010

1 comment:

  1. Wow! Power packed with nutrition! Gotta try because when the guys go out gold prospecting they need energy! Cindy from