Crisp and chewy, this bar is a good-for-you alternative to store-bought cereal bars. The secret ingredient, silken tofu, will give your day a protein-packed start. The recipe also works with other fruit-and-nut combinations.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, April/May 2005

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Recipe Summary

total:
2 hrs
Servings:
16
Nutrition Profile:
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a large (15 1/4-by-10 1/4-inch) jellyroll-style pan with cooking spray.

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  • Spread oats and walnuts on a baking sheet with sides. Bake until fragrant and light golden, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and add puffed cereal, dried apricots, flour and salt; stir to combine.

  • Meanwhile, puree tofu, egg, oil, honey, vanilla and lemon zest in a food processor or blender until smooth, scraping down the sides as needed. Make a well in the center of the oat mixture; fold in the tofu mixture until combined. Spread evenly in the prepared pan.

  • Bake until firm in the center and golden brown, 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool completely in the pan on a wire rack before cutting into bars with a sharp knife.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Individually wrap in plastic and keep at room temperature for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 1 month. Thaw at room temperature or remove plastic, wrap in a paper towel and defrost according to your microwave's directions.

Easy cleanup: Dessert pans can be a headache to clean. Skip the soaking and scrubbing by lining your pan with parchment paper before you bake.

Nutrition Facts

286 calories; protein 5.4g; carbohydrates 44.2g; dietary fiber 3.5g; sugars 25.3g; fat 11.5g; saturated fat 1g; cholesterol 11.6mg; vitamin a iu 207.5IU; vitamin c 1.1mg; folate 11.3mcg; calcium 31.3mg; iron 1.5mg; magnesium 52.7mg; potassium 288.9mg; sodium 98mg; thiamin 0.1mg.
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Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
For an eggless version I just omitted the egg & didn't bake quite as long.Also made a batch using almonds and dried cherries. Good! Anonymous Velma OK Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/25/2012
Chewy cookie-like texture and lots of flavor! Subsituted Kashi Go Lean cereal for puffed rice to increase protein and fiber content. Have tried cranberry/pecan and pineapple/coconut combos both of which were delicious. I like many readers decreased the added sugar (in the cranberry/pecan bars I used 2/3 cup maple syrup and agave and in the pineapple/coconut bars I used 1/2 cup of honey plus a couple tablespoons water). Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
Yummy - I used wheat flour instead of all purpose - half the salt. Next time I plan on using applesause instead of oil and maybe all egg white. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I deleted honey. Fruits gave enough sweet. I did this as I am high diabetic. Anonymous Chennai Ta Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
What would be a good replacement for the all-purpose flour? I want to use something gluten free. Maybe coconut flour? k Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
Is there an egg free option? I am a vegetarian diabetic who does not eggs!! thanks Anonymous Hounslow Middlesex Un Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I reduced the honey by 1/3 replaced the egg with egg substitute and used only about 1 cup of the dried fruit craisins and raisins. I also added 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce and 1/2 cup flaxseed meal. I keep mine refrigerated with the tofu I don't think I would leave them out for 5 days. I will definitely make these again. Kathy Fairfield CA Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/31/2011
what??? 300 calories 12g fat 48g carbs? this is good? While nibbling on you bar check the net for size xxl clothes. come on if you eat this and think it good for you think again! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I think almond flour should work. That would reduce the carbs too and add more nutty flavor. T.Zimmerman Nashville TN Read More
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