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No bake vegan muesli bars
December 23, 2009, 11:57 pm
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Adapted from a recipe by Camilla Saulsbury. These are good when you want a sweet treat that’s not going to send your blood sugar wild.

1 and 1/4 cups puffed rice, or other puffed cereal. I use quinoa, with good results.
1 cup uncooked oats
3 tablespoons ground flaxseed or chia seeds (no need to grind chia)
1/4 cup finely chopped dried fruit (e.g., sultanas, chopped dates or figs, dried cherries, etc.)
1/4 cup finely chopped nuts (preferably roasted or toasted)
1/4 cup brown rice syrup (or honey, maple syrup, or agave)
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar (I reduce to one tblspn– it still works)
1/3 cup nut butter (e.g., peanut, almond, cashew. You could also use sunflower seed butter)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Optional: 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon or chai spice mix

Combine the rice cereal, oats, flaxseed meal/chia seeds, dried fruit, and nuts in a large bowl.

Bring the syrup and brown sugar to a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring constantly; remove from heat. (If you are brave enough to let it boil a little bit longer than the minimum to blend the mixture, your bars will be firmer.)

Stir in nut butter and vanilla until blended.

Pour nut butter mixture over cereal mixture, stirring until coated (mixture will be stiff). Press mixture firmly into a standard sized square baking pan. Cleanup is easier if you lightly oil the pan, or line it with baking paper. Cool in pan (on a wire rack, or in the fridge). Cut into 8-12 bars.

Individual bars keep well in the fridge for about a week, and can be frozen for lunchboxes.


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