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Chocolate-Cherry Snack Bars
Plus+ 3 Per Serving
2 1/2 cups unsweetened puffed wheat cereal
1/2 cup pecan halves, chopped medium-fine
1/3 cup salted roasted pepitas
1/4 cup dried cherries or dried cranberries,
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds
1/2 cup honey
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
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.
Toss cereal, pecans, pepitas, cherries (or cranberries), sesame seeds and ground flaxseeds in
a large bowl.
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.)
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.
Makes 16 Bars (1 Bar Per Serving)
Nutritional Info Per Serving: 109 calories; 5 g fat; 17 g carbs;
1 g protein; 2 g fiber; 54 mg sodium