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Diabetic Recipe: Almond-Honey Power Bar


Recipe makes 8 bars - Ideal for a healthy breakfast on the go! 

Ingredients  

  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats  
  • ¼ cup slivered almonds
  • ¼ cup sunflower seeds  
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseeds, preferably golden                       
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1 cup unsweetened whole-grain puffed cereal ***
  • ⅓ cup currants
  • ⅓ cup chopped dried apricot
  • ⅓ cup chopped golden raisins
  • ¼ cup creamy almond butter *
  • ¼ cup turbinado sugar **
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat an 8-inch-square pan with cooking spray.

2. Spread oats, almonds, sunflower seeds, flaxseeds and sesame seeds on a large, rimmed baking sheet. Bake for about 10 minutes until the oats are lightly toasted and the nuts are fragrant, shaking the pan halfway through. Transfer to a large bowl and mix in the cereal, currants, apricots and raisins.

3. Combine almond butter, sugar, honey, vanilla and salt in a small saucepan. Heat over medium-low, stirring frequently for 2 to 5 minutes, until the mixture bubbles lightly.

4. Immediately pour the almond butter mixture over the dry ingredients and mix with a spoon or spatula until no dry spots remain. Transfer to the prepared pan. Lightly coat your hands with cooking spray and press the mixture down firmly to make an even layer. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes or until firm. Cut it into 8 bars and enjoy!

Notes

* Almond butter can be found near the peanut butter at natural-foods stores and in many supermarkets.

** Turbinado sugar is steam-cleaned raw cane sugar. It's coarse-grained and light brown in color, with a slight molasses flavor. Look for it in the natural-foods section of supermarkets or at natural-foods stores.

*** EatingWell suggests using unsweetened puffed multi-grain cereal such as Kashi's 7 Whole Grain Puffs.

 Nutrition per Bar (makes 8)

Calories: 246
Protein: 5 g
Total Fat: 10 g 
Saturated Fat: 1 g 
Carbohydrate: 38 g
Fiber: 4 g 
Sugar: 25 g

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