We definitely like to get our snack on around here.
Snack. Snack. Snickety snack.
The only thing I hear more than “Mom! Can I have a snack?” is “Mom! Can I have a puppy?”
Actually, it’s a tie between “Can I have a puppy?” and “We…are never, ever, ever….getting back together.”
But these bars were made for the park.
Dare I say it….theme parks?
Yes, I dare.
These crispy, crunchy, sweet and chewy bars are a snacker’s dream.
They are great at home.
I can vouch for that.
But I predict they’ll be very popular as we hike around in the California sunshine later this week, splashin’, screamin’ and soakin’ up the magic with our best friends and their kiddos.
Oh yes. This is going to be the very best trip.
Makes 15 bars
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- 1 c. almonds, chopped
- 1 c. buckwheat groats
- 2/3 c. unsweetened, shredded coconut
- 1 c. oats (gluten free, if necessary)
- 1/4 c. flax seed meal
- 1 1/2 c. brown rice crisps cereal
- 1 t. salt
- 1/3 c. dried unsweetened cherries, chopped
- 1/3 c. honey or brown rice syrup
- 1/4 c. maple syrup
- 1/2 c. almond butter
- 1 t. vanilla extract
You can substitute any nuts, nut butter, cereal and/or dried fruit you like in these bars, depending on your snacking tastes. You can also speed up the process by not baking these bars and serving straight from the fridge, but I find they hold together better and taste a bit richer when baked.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread almonds, buckwheat, and coconut on a rimmed baking sheet and toast for 7-10 minutes, stirring at least once to ensure even browning.
Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, combine oats, flax meal, cereal, salt and dried cherries. Add toasted nut mixture.
In a small saucepan, combine honey or brown rice syrup, maple syrup and almond butter. Heat over medium to medium high heat until mixture has thickened and come to a low boil. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract. Pour over cereal and nut mixture and stir until evenly coated.
Line an 8×8 pan with parchment paper and press cereal mixture firmly into pan. Bake, if desired, for 20-25 minutes, until bars are set and browned. Let bars cool completely and then transfer to the refrigerator for at least an hour before cutting. Keep bars refrigerated until eating.