Apple-Cinnamon Crunch Bars

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Enjoyably crispy and loaded with spiced apple flavor, these bars satisfy hunger pangs thanks to their mineral-rich seeds. Amplify their healthy benefits further by choosing the lowest-sugar crispy brown rice cereal you can find.

  • 10Servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups crispy brown rice cereal
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup hulled hemp seeds
  • 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseeds or flaxseed meal
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped dried apple slices
  • 2 Tbs. coconut oi
  • 1/4 cup roasted almond butter
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt

Preparation

Line 9-inch-square pan with parchment paper, allowing paper to spill over sides for easy removal. 

Mix together rice cereal, chia seeds, hemp seeds, sunflower seeds, flaxseed powder, and apple slices in medium bowl. Set mixture aside.

Melt coconut oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in almond butter. Stir in rice cereal mixture, and cook 1 to 2 minutes to heat through. Pour in maple syrup, cinnamon, and salt, and cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute more or until all liquid has evaporated. 

Spread mixture into prepared pan, using back of spatula to press very firmly into place. Refrigerate 1 hour. Transfer to cutting board, and cut into bars. 

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: 1 bar
  • Calories: 196
  • Carbohydrate Content: 19 g
  • Fat Content: 12 g
  • Fiber Content: 4 g
  • Protein Content: 5 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 3 g
  • Sodium Content: 79 mg
  • Sugar Content: 8 g