Cranberry walnut power bars

Written by Megan. 

Thank you to Cretia Thompson for sending us this wonderful recipe! We were looking for a new snack and this one totally hits the spot. It is full of healthy ingredients, but it is also sweet enough to satisfy my sweet tooth. 

Note: This is actually supposed to be in the form of bars, but we had a hard time getting it to set right, so we let them set in a muffin tin and that worked great! 

Here is what you will need:

  1. 1 1/4 cups walnut halves
  2. 1 1/2 cups puffed brown rice cereal
  3. 1 1/4 cups rolled oats
  4. 1 cup dried cranberries
  5. 1/2 cup oat bran
  6. 3 tablespoons finely chopped crystallized ginger
  7. 1 cup brown rice syrup or agave
  8. 1/4 cup natural cane sugar
  9. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  10. 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

      1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, 

      2. Grease a large baking sheet,

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       3. Coat walnuts with olive oil and bake for about 9 minutes, 

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       4. While allowing walnuts to cool, prepare other ingredients,  

      5. Chop walnuts once cooled,

      6. Add the walnuts, puffed rice, rolled oats, cranberries, oat bran, and ginger to a large bowl,     

      7. Mix ingredients,     

      8. In a small saucepan, add syrup or agave, cane sugar and salt,

      9. Bring to a boil over medium heat, cook until slightly thick (approx. 4 minutes), 

       10. Remove from heat and add vanilla, 

      11. Pour syrup into bowl of ingredients and mix, 

     12. Transfer into a pan and let cool for 45 minutes before cutting into bars. 

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ENJOY!