Cranberry Pumpkin Seed Energy Bars

Save money at the store with these wonderful DIY energy bars made with pumpkin seeds, cranberries, pecans, rolled oats, flaxseeds, honey, and rice cereal.

Skip the store-bought energy bars and make your own!
Photo by Meredith M.
Adapted from foodandwine.com
Skip the store-bought energy bars and make your own!
Skip the store-bought energy bars and make your own!

PREP TIME

20

minutes

TOTAL TIME

160

minutes

SERVINGS

12

servings

PREP TIME

20

minutes

TOTAL TIME

160

minutes

SERVINGS

12

servings

Adapted from foodandwine.com

Ingredients

  • 1

    cup pecans, crushed

  • 1

    cup rolled oats

  • 1/3

    cup pumpkin seeds

  • 1/4

    cup flaxseeds

  • 2/3

    cup muscovado or dark brown sugar

  • 1/2

    cup honey

  • 4

    tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 1/2

    teaspoon salt

  • 2

    teaspoons pure vanilla extract

  • 2

    cups puffed rice cereal

  • 1/2

    cup dried cranberries

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread the pecans, oats, pumpkin seeds and flaxseeds on the sheet and bake until fragrant, 8 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl. In a saucepan, bring the sugar, honey, butter and salt to a boil over moderate heat. Simmer until the sugar is dissolved and a light brown caramel forms, 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla. Drizzle the caramel all over the nut-and-oat mixture. Stir in the puffed rice and cranberries until evenly coated. Line an 8-inch square baking dish with parchment paper, extending the paper over the side. Scrape the cereal mixture into the dish in an even layer. Cover the mixture with a second sheet of parchment and press down to compress it. Let stand until firm, about 2 hours. Discard the top piece of parchment. Using the overhanging paper, lift out the cereal square and transfer it to a work surface. Cut into 12 bars and serve.

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