Chocolate-Cherry Snack Bars

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What's This?
Serving size 16
Prep Time
Total Time

Ingredients

2 ½ cup unsweetened puffed wheat cereal½ cup pecan halves, chopped medium-fine⅓ cup salted roasted pepitas (see Notes)¼ cup dried cherries or dried cranberries, coarsely chopped2 Tbsp sesame seeds1 Tbsp ground flaxseeds (see Notes)½ cup honey½ tsp vanilla extract⅛ tsp salt½ cup mini semisweet chocolate chips or finely chopped bittersweet chocolate

Directions

1. Position a rack in lower third of oven; preheat to 300°F. Line an 8-inch-square pan with parchment paper, letting it overhang on two opposite sides.

2. Toss cereal, pecans, pepitas, cherries (or cranberries), sesame seeds and ground flaxseeds in a large bowl.

3. Combine honey, vanilla and salt in a small saucepan. Warm over medium heat, stirring, until the honey is more fluid and the salt is dissolved. Pour the honey mixture over the dry ingredients and fold until everything is moistened and sticky. Let cool for 5 minutes. Fold in chips (or chopped chocolate) until evenly distributed. Scrape the mixture into the prepared pan and spread evenly with a fork. Using the back of the fork, press the mixture very firmly all over. (Alternatively, cover with parchment paper and press firmly all over.)

4. Bake until the top is golden brown, about 35 minutes. (If in doubt, take it out so the honey does not burn.) Run a knife along the unlined sides of the pan to detach the bars. Let cool in the pan on a wire rack to room temperature, about 1 hour. Use the ends of the parchment to lift the bars from the pan. Gently peel off the parchment. Use a heavy sharp knife to cut into 16 bars or squares.

Notes: Hulled pumpkin seeds, also known as pepitas, are medium-dark green and have a delicate nutty flavor. They are sold salted, roasted and raw, and can be found in the natural-foods section of many supermarkets.

Look for ground flaxseeds (or flaxmeal) in the natural-foods section of large supermarkets or in natural-foods stores. Store in the refrigerator or freezer.

To Make Ahead: Store airtight for up to 1 week. | Equipment: parchment paper

Nutrition Facts

Provided by: EatingWell

Per Single Serving / Serves 16 Total

  • Calories 109 8%
  • Calories from fat 45 2%
  • Total Fat 5gm 6%
  • Sodium 54mg 4%
  • Total Carbohydrates 17gm
  • Fiber 1gm
  • Protein 1gm
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Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Tags: Snack, Diabetic, Healthy, Kid-Friendly, Low Carb, Low Cholesterol, Vegetarian, Chocolate, Fruit, Nut, American, Easy, Baking, Picnic

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