This recipe is perfect to satisfy that sweet tooth craving without boosting your sugar intake or eating too many calories. These heart-healthy cereal squares combine almond butter, dried fruit, seeds and honey for a filling snack with just a touch of natural sweetness.
Almonds contain unsaturated fats, which have been proven to boost heart health by improving cholesterol, reducing inflammation and stabilizing heart rhythms, said Patricia Guay-Berry, RD, an oncology dietitian with Adventist HealthCare.
Almond Butter Cereal Squares
(Makes 16 squares)
- ½-cup crunchy almond butter or natural peanut butter
- ½-cup brown rice syrup
- ½-cup liquid honey
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup dried apricots
- ½-cup sliced almonds
- ¼-cup sesame seeds
- – cup ground flax seeds
- ¼-cup sunflower seeds
- 2 ½ cups high fiber cereal such as bran flakes
- 1 ¼ cups old-fashioned oats
- In a large saucepan, over low heat, cook almond butter, rice syrup, honey and vanilla until blended.
- Add apricots, almonds, sesame seeds, flaxseeds and sunflower seeds; mix well.
- Add cereal and oats; mix well.
- Pour mixture into prepared pan (9 inch square metal baking pan, lightly greased). Press down with clean damp hands to compact evenly.
- Let stand for 30 minutes until firm, and then cut into squares.
Nutrition Facts: (Serving = 1 square)
- Calories: 234
- Fat: 10 grams
- Carbohydrate: 35 grams
- Fiber: 4 grams
- Sodium: 89 grams
Source: The Essential Cancer Treatment Nutrition Guide & Cookbook by Jean LaMantia, RD
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