Satisfy cravings with healthy treats made from wholesome grains, nuts, and fruit.
August 05, 2015
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Build A Healthier Bar
Chewy and filling, our homemade recipes are perfectly convenient for those on-the-go. Treat yourself to a nutritional snack with less sugar and artificial sweeteners than storebought alternatives. After one bite, you'll forget your grocery's snack bar aisle even exists.
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Peanut Butter-Chocolate Bars
What combination is more heavenly than chocolate and peanut butter? Absolutely nothing! These homemade bars unite the two to make a tasty after-school treat.
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Pistachio-Apple Bars with Chia Seeds
This flavorful snack bar is loaded with cashew butter, roasted pistachios, dried apples, and dried cranberries.
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Pumpkinseed, Date, and Tahini Bars
When you're on the run, battle hunger pangs with an easy-to-make and satisfying snack.
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Coconut, Almond, and Goji Bars
With tasty tones of the tropics, this staff-favorite snack bar makes for the perfect grab-and-go snack.
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Sunflower, Strawberry, and Butterscotch Bars
Quick and easy to prepare, these treats make excellent after-school snacks.
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Whole-Grain Breakfast Bars
This versatile recipe can be doubled for a large crowd.A large bowl can hold a double batch of the dough, and the hearty mix will perform just fine. Bake bars on the same (middle) rack in the oven. The bars can be a little crumbly, so wrap them individually and pack with plenty of padding to transport or ship overnight.
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No-Bake Chewy Granola Bars
These bars are a perfectly portable snack you can prep on Sunday and enjoy throughout the week. Wrap leftovers tightly in plastic wrap, and store in the fridge. The bars will continue to firm up as they chill.
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Reminiscent of pecan pie, gluten-free Maple-Pecan Bars deserve a spot at your dessert buffet. Use pure maple syrup to form the gooey brown sugar and pecan mixture needed to make these heavenly bars.
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Cranberry-Pistachio Energy Bars
These bars fit snugly into snack-size zip-top plastic bags but also divide easily into squares. Store in an airtight container up to three days.
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Chewy Oat and Fruit Granola Bars
Toasting the oats, coconut, sunflower seeds, and flaxseed adds a rich, nutty taste to these granola bars. A much healthier and gluten-free alternative to store-bought bars, these homemade treats are a wonderful addition to any lunch box. You can store them in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator. Wrap individually in parchment paper and tie with twine for a nice touch.
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Stir 1 tablespoon espresso powder into melted butter before adding marshmallows. Add 1 cup toffee bits and cereal; toss well to combine. Press into prepared pan.
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S'mores Chewy Crispy Bars
Char marshmallows under broiler for 2 minutes before melting. Stir ½ cup graham cracker crumbs and ½ cup semisweet chocolate minichips into melted marshmallows before adding cereal; toss well to combine. Press cereal mixture into prepared pan.
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Chocolate Butterscotch Chewy Crispy Bars
Press cereal mixture into pan. Microwave 1 cup chocolate chips for 1 minute, stirring every 20 seconds. Spread over cereal mixture. Microwave ½ cup butterscotch chips and 2 teaspoons fat-free milk 30 seconds; stir once. Dollop butterscotch mixture over chocolate; swirl with a knife. Chill.
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Browned Butter Pecan Chewy Crispy Bars
Before adding marshmallows, cook melted butter 3 minutes or until browned. Add ¼ teaspoon kosher salt and ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract to melted marshmallows; stir well. Add cereal; toss well to combine. Press into prepared pan; sprinkle evenly with ½ cup chopped toasted pecans.
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Candy Corn M&M's
Stir 2/3 cup candy corn, ½ cup M&M's, and cereal into melted marshmallows. Press into prepared pan.
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Double Chocolate Chewy Crispy Bars
Stir ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa into melted marshmallows; cook 3 minutes. Add cereal; toss well to combine. Press cereal mixture into prepared pan. Heat 4 ounces chopped bittersweet chocolate in microwave at HIGH 45 seconds or until melted, stirring every 15 seconds; drizzle over cereal mixture. Chill 10 minutes before slicing.
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Lemon White Chocolate Chewy Crispy Bars
Stir 1 tablespoon grated lemon rind into melted marshmallows before adding cereal. Press cereal mixture into prepared pan. Heat 4 ounces chopped premium white chocolate in microwave at HIGH 1½ minutes or until melted, stirring every 20 seconds; drizzle over cereal mixture. Refrigerate for 15 minutes before slicing.
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Cherry Chip Chewy Crispy Bars
Stir 1 cup finely chopped dried cherries and ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract into melted marshmallow mixture. Add cereal, and toss well to combine. Press cereal mixture into the prepared pan. Sprinkle mixture evenly with 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate minichips.
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Maple Bacon Chewy Crispy Bars
Stir 3 tablespoons maple syrup and 4 cooked, drained, chopped applewood-smoked bacon slices into melted marshmallows. Add cereal, and toss well to combine. Press mixture into prepared pan.
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Peanut-Almond Snack Bars
Featuring pretzels, marshmallows, peanut butter, almonds, and even a little hint of chocolate, is there any snack attack this bar can't beat?
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Fudgy Oatmeal Bars
Satisfy the whole family's chocolate cravings with these delicous fudgy oatmeal bars.
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Salty-Sweet Pine Nut Bars
These bars are sweet, salty, and nutty—the perfect craving buster. Pine nuts can be expensive; pecans are a less pricey but equally delicious alternative.
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Marcona almonds are blanched and roasted—you won't need to toast them. You can also substitute regular whole almonds. For the best texture, use whole pitted dates, not chopped; you need the sticky texture of the whole fruit.
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Chewy Coconut Granola Bars
These are a go-anywhere, do-anything snack, plus they're simple to make!