These bars make it easy to conquer a grumbling stomach, whether you’re grabbing breakfast on your way out the door, running between meetings at work, or on subway en route to yoga class. With only a few simple whole food ingredients, this healthy snack option will keep you energized no matter what the day throws your way.
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Makes 18-21 bars
- 2 cups crispy rice cereal (gluten free if necessary)
- 1 cup instant oats (I used Love Grown Foods Super Oats which are gluten-free)
- 1 cup flaked almonds
- ½ cup pumpkin seeds
- ½ cup hemp seeds
- ½ cup dried cranberries
- 1/3 cup cashews
- ¼ cup sesame seeds
- 5 tsp chia seeds
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ cup raw honey (or swap with maple syrup if vegan)
- ½ cup nut butter of choice
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- Preheat oven to 375F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a very large bowl, combine the first 10 ingredients (crispy rice cereal through cinnamon).
- In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the remaining ingredients together, stirring constantly to prevent burning. This should take about 3 minutes and the liquid should be smooth and thick when ready.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the large bowl and stir to coat as much of the oat/cereal mixture as possible.
- Pour the entire contents of the bowl onto the parchment-lined baking sheet and use a spatula and/or rolling pin to flatten it out into a flat, even layer.
- Bake for 13-15 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and let it cool a bit (but not completely, or they will crumble) before slicing into squares or bars.
- Store in the fridge, or freeze leftovers if you won’t be eating all of the bars within the next 10 days.
Angela is an avid runner, fitness instructor, foodie, healthy living blogger, and health coach. Having been overweight, unhappy and insecure as a teenager, Angela took control, changed her unhealthy habits, and adopted a clean eating lifestyle that she continues to maintain today. Her goal is to support, inspire, and motivate others to improve their health and be their best. You can learn more about her on her blog, Eat-Spin-Run-Repeat.com.