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apricot-walnut cereal bars

(1 rating)
Recipe by
Melanie Ross
Rumford, ME

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.

(1 rating)
yield 16 serving(s)
prep time 30 Min
cook time 2 Hr

Ingredients For apricot-walnut cereal bars

  • 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
  • 12 oz
    silken tofu, drained (about 1 1/3 cups)
  • 1 lg
  • 1/2 c
    canola oil
  • 1 c
  • 1 Tbsp
    vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp
    freshly grated lemon zest

How To Make apricot-walnut cereal bars

  • 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.