Apricot-Walnut Cereal Bars

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Apricot-Walnut Cereal Bars

Apricot-Walnut Cereal Bars

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.

Nutrition Profile: Diabetes Appropriate   Heart Healthy   Low Sat Fat   Low Sodium  

Serves 16

Prep Time 30 min

Total Time 120 min.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, (about 2 ounces)
  • 3 cups unsweetened puffed-grain cereal, such as
  • 2 cups chopped dried apricots
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 12 ounces silken tofu, drained (about 1 1/3 cups)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoon freshly grated lemon zest

Cooking Directions

Step 1

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

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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.


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