Apricot-walnut Cereal Bars Recipe

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Apricot-Walnut Cereal Bars

Melanie Campbell

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@RossCampbell

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.

Make Ahead Tip: Individually wrap in plastic and keep at room temperature for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 1 month. Thaw at room temperature or remove plastic, wrap in a paper towel and defrost according to your microwave's directions.


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Serves:

16

Prep:

30 Min

Cook:

2 Hr

Ingredients

3 c
old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 c
chopped walnuts (about 2 ounces)
3 c
unsweetened puffed-grain cereal
2 c
chopped dried apricots
1/4 c
all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp
salt
12 oz
silken tofu, drained (about 1 1/3 cups)
1 large
egg
1/2 c
canola oil
1 c
honey
1 Tbsp
vanilla extract
2 Tbsp
freshly grated lemon zest

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Preheat oven to 350 degrees 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.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Fruit Breakfast
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Healthy
Hashtags: #Oats, #honey, #tofu, #apricots