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May 20, 2011

No-Bake Energy Bars

Who doesn’t need an afternoon pick-me-up? These energy bars are great for an on the go snack and they’re packed with all things good: vitamins, minerals, protein and fiber. Healthy snacking keeps your metabolism moving. It also helps keep crankiness at bay and controls those hunger pangs before the urge to eat all things fried and salted strikes. And don’t forget other snacks like fruit, yogurt, vegetables, cottage cheese and nuts to get you from one meal to the next.

No-bake Energy Bars

Prep time: 10 minutes
Total time: 40 minutes
Yield: 14 bars

cooking spray
¾ cup raw almonds
1 ¼ cups brown rice cereal
1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
¼ cup unsweetened finely shredded coconut
¼ cup flax meal
¼ cup raw chia seeds
½ cup brown rice syrup
6 tablespoons almond butter
½ cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips

Spray an 8- by 8-inch baking pan with cooking spray. Line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on two sides.

Place the almonds in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until evenly chopped. Transfer to a large bowl and combine with the rice cereal, oats, coconut, flax meal, and chia seeds.

In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the rice syrup and almond butter and cook 2 to 3 minutes, stirring, until melted and creamy. Pour over the oat mixture and stir until well combined. Stir in the chocolate chips. Press evenly into the prepared pan and let cool completely (about 30 minutes). Grab the ends of the parchment and lift onto a cutting board. Slice into bars.

Posted by do it Delicious
Category: Delicious Recipes