Almond-Honey Power Bar

62 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine January/February 2010

Great for breakfast on the go! Golden roasted nuts, seeds and oats are enveloped by flavorful almond butter in these delectably chewy, no-fuss energy bars. Unrefined turbinado sugar adds a deep caramelly undertone. Feel free to use light brown sugar instead. Bars stored at room temperature will be softer than those that are refrigerated.

Ingredients 8 servings

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  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseeds, preferably golden
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1 cup unsweetened whole-grain puffed cereal (see Note)
  • 1/3 cup currants
  • 1/3 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 1/3 cup chopped golden raisins
  • 1/4 cup creamy almond butter (see Note)
  • 1/4 cup turbinado sugar (see Note)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Preparation

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 °F. Coat an 8-inch-square pan with cooking spray.
  2. Spread oats, almonds, sunflower seeds, flaxseeds and sesame seeds on a large, rimmed baking sheet. Bake until the oats are lightly toasted and the nuts are fragrant, shaking the pan halfway through, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl. Add cereal, currants, apricots and raisins; toss to combine.
  3. Combine almond butter, sugar, honey, 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 spoon or spatula until no dry spots remain. Transfer to the prepared pan. Lightly coat your hands with cooking spray and press the mixture down firmly to make an even layer (wait until the mixture cools slightly if necessary). Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes; cut into 8 bars.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Store in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 1 month; thaw at room temperature.
  • Ingredient notes: For this recipe, we like unsweetened puffed multi-grain cereal, such as Kashi's 7 Whole Grain Puffs.
  • Almond butter can be found at natural-foods stores and large supermarkets, near the peanut butter.
  • Turbinado sugar is steam-cleaned raw cane sugar. It's coarse-grained and light brown in color, with a slight molasses flavor. Find it in the natural-foods section of large supermarkets or at natural-foods stores.
  • Cut Down on Dishes: A rimmed baking sheet is great for everything from roasting to catching accidental drips and spills. For effortless cleanup and to keep your baking sheets in tip-top shape, line them with a layer of foil before each use.
  • Storage smarts: For long-term freezer storage, wrap your food in a layer of plastic wrap followed by a layer of foil. The plastic will help prevent freezer burn while the foil will help keep off-odors from seeping into the food.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1 bar
  • Per serving: 246 calories; 10 g fat(1 g sat); 4 g fiber; 38 g carbohydrates; 5 g protein; 28 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 25 g sugars; 15 g added sugars; 164 IU vitamin A; 1 mg vitamin C; 62 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 57 mg sodium; 316 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Magnesium (19% daily value)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 2 1/2
  • Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 1/2 other carbohydrate, 2 fat

Reviews 62

September 27, 2016
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By: mary
I made these with half honey and half agave and used about a cup of almond butter and peanut butter mixed. They stayed together very well with no crumbling. I didn't use any of the fruit in the recipe. I used acai berries, sprouted almonds, sunflower seeds and pecans. Also for my dried mixed base I used gf rolled oats and coconut flakes roasted. Delicious, they were so good and I will make them again!
April 10, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
Very tasty and easy to modify My finished bars were delicious, but I did make a few changes based on other reviews and what I had on hand. I eliminated the sugar, used natural chunky peanut butter, Kashi honey puffs, and agave instead of honey. I had no sesame seeds but added a tablespoon of chia seeds and ground flax seeds. To make the one cup of fruit I used some dried mixed fruits, craisins, and raisins. I did bake them for 8 mins to firm them up though they're still a bit crumbly. Next time I might add a little more of the nut butter as a binder. This is a great base recipe to amend as needed. Pros: easy, delicious Cons: crumbly
February 23, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
Not really a bar This was fine, but not enough sauce to keep the bars in form. Going to use as granola, but will be on the lookout for something that hopefully will keep it's shape more. Pros: tasty, adapt with different dried fruits Cons: Doesn't stay in bar form
December 18, 2013
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By: cmfrakes
Delicious! I used peanut butter, 1 C dried cranberries, pecans, and skipped the sugar. These are so good! Mine didn't stay in bar form, but crumbly granola is fine. I will definitely make these again. Pros: easy to make
August 19, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
Good Bye, Cliff Bars We eat a lot of energy bars in our house, always looking for something to throw in a pack that has dense nutritional value. These are by far the best I have found. I followed the recipe exactly, except for cutting the turbinado sugar in half. My husband, who is a fan of the sugary pre-packaged versions, is now a convert. Pros: Chock full of goodness Cons: None
July 26, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
Feel good about eating these! So easy, so delicious! I used dried tart cherries and dried apricots, added pumpkin seeds and used agave syrup instead of honey. I also baked mine about 8 minutes just to help firm up bc they were very soft. Such a great recipe to make your own! Yes a little pricey but more than one batch (I easily got 12 bars not 8 in one batch) and that probably averages out. Plus there is something to be said about knowing what my kids are eating. Pros: Easy and tasty Cons: Not as cheap as I would like, need to make 2-3 batches to get $ worth. But that's more to eat :-)
November 04, 2012
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By: SoCalLizzie
We love these! I have been looking for a breakfast bar recipe where there was no added refined sugar & when I read the changes others made to omit the sugar I thought I would try it. I did not use raisins but used dried cranberries & dried unsweetened/ unsulfured mangoes from Trader Joes. I also drizzled a little dark chocolate on top to mimic the breakfast bars I was used to eating. Delicious!!! Will make again & again! Overall healthy & w/no added preservatives & less costly which was what I was trying to accomplish. Pros: Healthy, delicious & filling
September 14, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
Love 'em! I've been looking for a healthy granola bar recipe for years now that didn't taste like cardboard and these bars are so yummy, my family loved them. I'm making them tomorrow for the soccer team. Pros: healthy, tasty, food on the go
July 16, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
53 reviews for Almond-Honey Power Bar I made these yesterday & omitted the sugar completely. Instead of almond butter I used un-hulled tahini spread which worked like a treat. I used goji berries instead of the apricots & sultanas instead of currants. I followed the recipe for the rest but instead of refrigerating the tray when I was done I put it back in a 180 oven for 10 minutes which glued it altogether & made them crunchy & yum!! Oh yeh I put in a couple tablespoons of black chia just to mould it altogether, success!!