Why pay almost $3 or $4 for an overpriced box of trail mix-style bars when you can make your own easily? A 6 ounce bag of puffed brown rice cereal goes for 80 cents at our local supermarket, and 6 ounces is a lot of puffed rice! You can use natural, low-sugar or low-fat peanut butters, use raisins instead of dried cherries or substitute chocolate or carob chips for the coconut (or include everything you can!). In addition to the sunflower seeds, I like to add sesame seeds for extra crunch as well.
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- 1 cup peanut butter (or experiment with almond butter, too)
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup sunflower seeds
- 2/3 cup dried cherries or 2/3 cup dried cranberries or 2/3 cup raisins (or a combination)
- 3 tablespoons sesame seeds
- 1/3 cup shredded coconut
- 3 cups puffed brown rice cereal
- butter, to grease pan
Other optional ingredients
- 1Grease an 8x8 pan with a little butter.
- 2In a large bowl, mix together the peanut butter, honey and vanilla extract until well-combined.
- 3Add the sunflower seeds, dried fruit, sesame seeds and coconut and combine thoroughly with the peanut butter mixture.
- 4Gradually add the puffed brown rice cereal to this.
- 5This is where a child comes in handy-- this step is gooey and messy and best mixed with your hands- and kids love stuff like that.
- 6Firmly press the mixture into the prepared 8x8 pan; you'll need to wet your hands slightly, otherwise the mixture just sticks to them.
- 7Cover and refrigerate for a couple of hours, then cut and serve.
- 8They're very rich!
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Nutritional Facts for Fruit, Honey and Coconut Energy Bars
Serving Size: 1 (44 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 12
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 220.8
- Calories from Fat 139
- Total Fat 15.4 g
- Saturated Fat 3.9 g
- Cholesterol 0.0 mg
- Sodium 100.5 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 17.6 g
- Dietary Fiber 2.3 g
- Sugars 13.8 g
- Protein 6.9 g
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