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Dried Cherry and Almond Energy Bars - not only incredibly healthy, these bars are crazy good. My son says they're "better than Kind Bars!"
Dried Cherry and Almond Energy Bars
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
 
These bars are crazy good AND incredibly healthy! They're perfect for breakfast, snacks, school or work breaks, hiking, biking, anytime you need a super nutritious snack on the run!
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Servings: 32
Calories: 161 kcal
Author: Chris Scheuer
Ingredients
  • For the nut/seed mixture:
  • ½ cup whole almonds
  • 1 cup blanched sliced almonds
  • ½ cup coarsely chopped pecans
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
  • ½ cup sunflower seeds
  • ¾ cup pepitas shelled pumpkin seeds
  • ½ cup sesame seeds
  • ¼ cup ground flax seed meal
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • ½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 4 tablespoons rice syrup
  • For the dried cherry mixture:
  • 1 cup dried cherries*
  • 2 tablespoons rice syrup
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300˚F. Lightly grease an 8-inch square baking pan, then line the pan with parchment paper with ends extending over 2 edges of the pan. Set aside.
  2. Place nuts, seeds and coconut flakes on a sheet pan. Add the 3 tablespoons of coconut oil and 4 tablespoons of rice syrup. Stir to combine. Place in oven for 20-25 minutes or until mixture begins to turn golden, stirring well every five minutes to redistribute. Remove from oven andallow to cool for 5 minutes. Reduce temperature to 250˚F.
  3. While nuts and seeds are toasting, combine cherries, 2 tablespoons rice syrup, 2 tablespoons coconut oil, cinnamon salt and vanilla in the bowl of a food processor. Process for 1 minute or until mixture is fairly smooth.
  4. Combine toasted nut/seed mixture and cherry mixture from food processor in a large bowl. Stir with a large spatula to combine. Cherry mixture will be thick, so you'll need to work it into the nut/seed mixture. Keep stirring and working the cherry mixture in until there are no large chunks left. This will take several minutes and will be easier if you don't let the nuts cool down too much. I like to put my bowl in my sink as it's much easier for me to stir it and work the cherry mixture in from above. These silicone spatulas with wooden handles are some of my favorite kitchen tools. They're inexpensive, sturdy and you don't have to worry about the handles melting if resting on a hot pot. I have a zillion of them and and you'll often find every last one of them in my dishwasher as I use them ALL the time. They're perfect for a job like this.
  5. Transfer mixture to prepared 8-inch pan and, using a lightly oiled spatula or oiled fingers pat mixture firmly to an even layer.
  6. Place pan in oven. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until bars are no longer sticky. Cool in pan, then remove (with parchment paper "handles") to a cutting board and cut into 1 x 4-inch bars. If smaller servings are desired, cut into 1 x 2-inch bars. Store in an airtight container. You can also freeze bars, uncovered, on a sheet pan. When frozen, transfer to a ziplock bag or airtight container. Thaw before serving.
Recipe Notes

*I really like the dried cherries at Costco. If you don't have a Costco nearby, you can also order them online.
This recipe is very flexible. If you don't have or don't like one of the nuts and/or seeds, just substitute what you have or what you like. Just keep the proportions the same.
For the dried cherry mixture, you have sub other dried fruit like raisins or dried cranberries. Just keep the proportions the same.
These bars are fairly thick. I usually cut them into 2x1 inch bars but if you like a thinner bar, just make them in a 9x13-inch pan.
I often purchase my pepitas and sesame seeds at a nearby Mediterranean market. They have them in bulk and they're WAY cheaper than Whole Foods. Trader Joe's is also a place where you can find nuts and seeds for a reasonable price.

Nutrition Facts
Dried Cherry and Almond Energy Bars
Amount Per Serving
Calories 161 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 41mg2%
Potassium 119mg3%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 135IU3%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 60mg6%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.