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Make Your Own Almond Cranberry Power Bars

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Do you know what ingredients are in your power bars? Looking on the backs of power bars, I’ve found strange ingredients – weird syrups, oils, artificial flavors, preservatives. Introducing a totally natural power bar that you can make yourself. These power bars are packed full of vital nutrients with no artificial sweeteners or preservatives. They are delicious and nutritious, and super easy to make (they are also gluten-free and vegan). Follow the recipe below to make your own!

Almond Cranberry (Makes 8 bars)

Ingredients:

1 cup almonds

1 cup dried apricots

2 T water

2 T agave syrup

½ cup dried cranberries

½ cup old-fashioned rolled oats (If you are gluten intolerant, make sure they are gluten free. Naturally, rolled oats are gluten free, but some rolled oats are processed in places that also process wheat, tainting them.)

 

Instructions:

  1. wpid-20140207_171553.jpgRoast nuts in the oven on 350 degrees F for 6-10 minutes, or until golden brown and aromatic.
  2. In a food processor, process almonds until ground (I like mine a little chunkier). Add in dried apricots with the water and agave syrup, and process until mixture clumps into a ball
  3. Pour mixture into a bowl, pour in oats and dried cranberries. Hand mix ingredients until consistently blended. Press ball into a pan with wax paper until it creates a square about ¾ inch thick.
  4. Slice block into 8 bars
  5. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks

Nutritional Content:

1 bar has 191 calories, 9 grams of fat (8 of which are unsaturated [the good kind]), 26 carbohydrates, and 5 grams of protein.

 

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