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Monday, April 16, 2012

"Nutritious and Delicious" Homemade Cereal Bars with Oats, Wheat puffs, Pistachios and Cranberries

With the success of the first homemade cereal bars made with Oats, Rice crispies, nuts and dark chocolate chips (http://www.my-kitchens-aroma.blogspot.com/2012/04/nutritious-and-delicious-homemade.html) ...I dared to try this new combination of cereals for the bar.
In the breakfast isle of the grocery store, I found this new 'super' food..Wheat germ. It is supposed to be full of vitamins and nutrients.Since it seems like everyone is eating this either in their cereals or baked goods....I thought I should add this to the cereal bars.( I am even adding it to the Chapati dough now!!!)

Super cereal Bar:
So these cereal bars have - Oats, Wheat Puffs, Wheat germ, Flax seed meal, Pistachios, Cranberries....what else do you need..to fill you up in the morning???? It's all in there and all good for you!
The texture of this bar came pretty close to the  Kashi  'Go lean crunch' .
So go ahead and Crunnnch Crunnch and Munnch!!


1 and 1/2 cup Quick Cooking oats
1 and 1/2 cups Wheat puffs cereal (unsweetened)
1/4 cup untoasted Wheat germ
1/8 cup Flax seed meal
1/4 cup Light brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1/3 cup Honey
1/4 cup toasted Pistachios
1/8 cup dried cranberries
1/8 cup peanut butter chocolate chips
1 egg
1tbsp oil
1 tbsp All purpose flour
1/4tsp cinnamon powder
1tsp Vanilla extract
1/4tsp Salt

1) Preheat oven to 350F. Spread the oats and nuts on a cookie sheet and warm in the oven for 8-10 mins...until slightly toasted. reduce temperature to 325F. Coat a 8*11 inch pan or 9* 9 inch pan with aluminum foil.Spray with nonstick cooking spray.
2) Beat the egg.Mix oil, sugar and all of the above ingredients, stir well.
3) Press the mixture in the coated pan.
4) Bake at 325F for 12 mins ....till slightly golden brown

5)  Let them cool.Cut into bars.
6) Crunchy bars:
Place them on cookie sheet again and bake again for 15 mins at 300 F. The bars will be crunchy after cooling.
If not..bake again for 10 mins at 300 F and cool. The slow baking and cooling process gives that crunch.
7) Store in airtight container after cooling.

Feel good about starting the day with a nutritious bar straight from your own oven!

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