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.

Maria Speck
Source: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2010


Recipe Summary

1 hr


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat an 8-inch-square pan with cooking spray.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 Facts

246 calories; protein 5.4g; carbohydrates 38.4g; dietary fiber 4g; sugars 24.9g; fat 9.6g; saturated fat 1.1g; vitamin a iu 164.4IU; vitamin c 0.7mg; folate 28.5mcg; calcium 62.5mg; iron 1.7mg; magnesium 74.3mg; potassium 315.5mg; sodium 56.6mg; thiamin 0.1mg; added sugar 15g.

Reviews (67)

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  • 5 star values: 57
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
Way too sweet for me!! I think I would love these with about half as much sugar. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Made this recipe numerous times already and really love it! I prefer to wrap each bar in plastic wrap and store in the fridge to keep bars firm and crispy. Instead of using Kashi Multi-Grain Puff Cereal I use Arrowhead Mills Puffed Millet Cereal which is a good substitution for this recipe (cheaper too). Baking the oats almonds sunflower/flax/sesame seeds brings out the nice flavor to these bars so don't skip the baking step. I bake the oat mixture for 8 minutes (10 minutes became too brown in my oven). Highly recommend this recipe. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Cheaper and Better For You Granola Bars I've made these granola bars several times now and they are now a staple on the kitchen counter. The ingredients can easily be varied - from nut butters to dried fruit. Try Peanut butter with raisins currants and chopped peanuts; or cashew butter with dried cherries apriocots and chopped cashews. Make sure to line the pan with foil coat with non-stick spray and use an oil coated piece of foil to help press the mixture into the pan to make really firm bars. Pros: simple uses whole ingredients easy to make organic ingredients can be varied Cons: very sweet but when you need a sweet fix... Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Easy and tasty! These are great bars for an on-the-go breakfast or an after-school snack. My 6-yr-old loves to help me make them. I usually let the honey mixture cool a little then pour it over the other ingredients and let him mix it up with his hands. I love that these are made with only almonds for nuts since we have a peanut allergy in the house! I usually sub ground flaxseed for whole. Pros: Easy healthy Cons: messy to make Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Loved this bar! Found clean up easy by using a waxed paper lining the 8" pan rather than oil spray. Then cut up the waxed paper for wrappers for the bars. To increase the protein I used Kashi Go Lean in place of the puffed cereal. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Thank you for a nutritious and healthy snack! The whole family loves it! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I made these yesterday and the three of us devoured them. Must make more today. Reminds me of eating Cracker Jacks!!! But good for you. I used peanut butter instead of the almond butter. Really wonderful!!!!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
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!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Instead of protien powder why not use shelled hemp seeds? Very high in protien 5 T = 20 g. For those w/nut allergies this product can be used - still get a nutty flavor Read More