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Apricot-Almond Energy Bars

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Apricot-Almond Energy Bars
  • Prep 25 min
  • Total 55 min
  • Servings 16
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Enjoy these energy bars made with Oatmeal Crisp* Raisin cereal, apricots and almonds - a delicious dessert, or anytime snack.
Jun 13, 2012

Ingredients

  • 3 cups (750 mL) Oatmeal Crisp* Raisin cereal
  • 2/3 cup (150 mL) finely diced dried apricots
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) slivered almonds, toasted (see tip)
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) butter or margarine
  • 2/3 cup (150 mL) light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup (50 mL) packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) ground cinnamon

Steps

  • 1
    Line bottom and sides of 8-inch square pan with foil. Spray foil with cooking spray. In large bowl, mix cereal, apricots and almonds; set aside
  • 2
    In 4-quart Dutch oven (large pot), heat butter, corn syrup, brown sugar and cinnamon over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved and mixture comes to a boil. Boil 2 minutes, stirring constantly, until slightly thickened. Remove from heat. Stir in cereal mixture until coated.
  • 3
    Spread cereal mixture in pan. Using sheet of waxed paper, press mixture firmly in pan. Cool 30 minutes.
  • 4
    For bars, cut into 4 rows by 4 rows. Store loosely covered at room temperature up to 1 week.

Expert Tips

  • Tip 1
    To Toast Nuts: Bake uncovered in ungreased shallow pan in 350°F oven 6 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until light brown. Or cook in ungreased heavy skillet over medium heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently until nuts begin to brown, then stirring constantly until nuts are light brown.
  • Tip 2
    Success: Lining the pan with nonstick foil works well for these glossy, great-tasting energy bars. For a quick snack, wrap a couple of bars individually in nonstick foil, and they will be ready to go when you are.

Nutrition Information

140 Calories, 3g Total Fat, 2g Protein, 28g Total Carbs, 15g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 16 Bars
Calories
140
Total Fat
3g
Saturated Fat
1/2g
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
0mg
Sodium
70mg
Total Carbs
28g
Dietary Fiber
2g
Sugars
15g
Protein
2g
% Daily Value*:
Exchanges:
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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