Cherry, chocolate and almond bars

Ingredients

  • 115g (4 oz) old fashioned rolled oats 
  • 40g (1.5 oz) flaked almonds
  • 1 tbsp golden linseeds
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 35g (1.2 oz) unsweetened whole grain-puffed cereal
  • 160g (5.5 oz)dried cherries
  • 80g (3 oz) chopped dried apricots
  • 50g (1.7 oz) good quality dark chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 100g (3.5 oz) crunchy almond butter
  • 80g (3 oz) coconut sugar
  • 125g (4.5 oz) agave syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Generous pinch of sea salt flakes

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180C and grease an 8 inch square baking pan with oil. 
  2. Mix together rolled oats, flaked almonds, linseeds and sesame seeds. Place ona baking tray and bake for 5-8 minutes until lightly toasted. 
  3. Shake the pan halfway through to ensure even browning. Allow oat mixture to cool slightly. 
  4. In the meantime, in large bowl, combine cereal, dried cherries, dried apricots, dark chocolate. Now add the oat mixture and combine together. 
  5. In a small saucepan combine almond butter, sugar, agave ,vanilla extract and salt. Cook over medium heat until the mixture begins to bubble and the coconut sugar has dissolved. This should take 3-4 minutes. 
  6. Allow liquid to cool for 5 minutes and then pour mixture over the dry ingredients and mix with a spatula.
  7. Transfer the mixture to your baking tray. Put some oil on your hands and press the mixture down firmly to create an even layer.  
  8. Refrigerate until firm, this should take about 30 minutes. Once firm, cut into 8 bars.
     

Notes

Preparation time: 15 mins

Makes: 8 bars

Nutrition: 365.4 calories, 4.6g sugar, 13.0g fat, 44.1g sugar, 187.3 mg salt (2.2g saturated fat)

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