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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Chewy Cherry-Nut Bar

We love healthy snacks that we can grab and go. With 2 very busy kids and a schedule that never stops I have to make choices that can satisfy the family and that can be eaten easily {as little mess as possible}. We love cereal. We can't resist the chance to try recipes that are made with cereal. I think you will enjoy this recipe too. It is perfect for back to school breakfast or an after school snack.


Chewy Cherry-Nut Bar

Ingredients 
1 cup Great Grains Crunchy Pecan cereal
Nonstick organic canola oil spray
2/3 cup whole raw almonds, very coarsely chopped
2/3 cup raw pecans, very coarsely copped
2/3 cup dried tart cherries, coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons golden flaxseeds
1/4 teaspoon fine-grained sea salt
Grated zest of 1 orange
1/2 cup agave syrup

Baking Instructions
Position the rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 275 degrees fahrenheit. Line an 8-inch square pan with foil, allowing some foil to hang over the edges of the pan, then spray the foil with nonstick spray.

In a large bowl, combine the cereal, nuts, cherries, flaxseeds, and salt. Mix in the orange zest. Add the syrup and stir to coat. Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan.

Bake for 30 minutes, gently stirring the mixture occasionally with a silicone spatula to coat with the syrup. Pat the mixture firmly into the pan with a metal spatula. Continue baking (without stirring) until the mixture is golden brown and still pliable, about 40 minutes.

Cool in the pan on a rack for 25 minutes. Using the overhanging sides of the foil, lift the mixture out of the pan and press firmly on the mixture to help compact it on all sides. Then, using the bottom of the pan, gently press on the top of the mixture to compact it more. Cool on the rack until barely warm, about 10 minutes.

With the foil still attached, cut the nut and cereal sheet into 12 bars with a large sharp knife. Allow the bars to cool completely on the rack.

Store the bars in an airtight container at room temperature. Remove the foil before serving.

Makes 12 bars.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours, 20 minutes

Thanks to my friends at Post Foods for sending the recipe and inspiring me to share it with you.

4 comments:

  1. thanks for the recipe, these sound good

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  2. Yum!! I LOVE dried tart cherries...can't get enough of them and I always love recipes to use them in! Thank you so much for linking up at Snickerdoodle Sunday...I hope you'll come back later this week with your latest makes & bakes!

    Sarah (Sadie Seasongoods)

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  3. I would buy some books or clothes! Thx!!!

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