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Apricot-Walnut Cereal Bars

Apricot-Walnut Cereal Bars
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WebMD Recipe from EatingWell.com

Crisp and chewy, this bar is a good-for-you alternative to store-bought cereal bars. The secret ingredient, silken tofu, will give your day a protein-packed start. The recipe also works with other fruit-and-nut combinations.

Ingredients
Prep: 30 | Total Time: 120
  • 3 cups
    old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup
    walnuts, (about 2 ounces), chopped
  • 3 cups
    puffed-grain cereal, unsweetened, such as , Kashi
  • 2 cups
    apricots, chopped dried
  • 1/4 cup
    all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon
    salt
  • 12 ounces
    silken tofu, (about 1 1/3 cups), drained
  • 1 large
    egg
  • 1/2 cup
    canola oil
  • 1 cup
    honey
  • 1 tablespoon
    vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons
    lemon zest, freshly grated
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a large (15 1/4-by-10 1/4-inch) jellyroll-style pan with cooking spray.
  2. Spread oats and walnuts on a baking sheet with sides. Bake until fragrant and light golden, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and add puffed cereal, dried apricots, flour and salt; stir to combine.
  3. Meanwhile, puree tofu, egg, oil, honey, vanilla and lemon zest in a food processor or blender until smooth, scraping down the sides as needed. Make a well in the center of the oat mixture; fold in the tofu mixture until combined. Spread evenly in the prepared pan.
  4. Bake until firm in the center and golden brown, 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool completely in the pan on a wire rack before cutting into bars with a sharp knife.

 

Nutritional Information

Makes: 16 servings
  • Calories288
  • Fat12 g
    • Saturated fat1 g
  • Cholesterol13 mg
  • Carbohydrates44 g
    • Dietary fiber3 g
  • Protein5 g
  • Sodium98 mg
* Nutritional Guidelines based on the USDA's MyPlate Standards.
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