No Need To Stop For Breakfast Bars|Craving Something Healthy
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No Need to Stop for Breakfast Bars

Adapted from America's Test Kitchen
Servings 16 bars
Author Craving Something Healthy

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup quinoa rinsed
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 2 Tbs canola oil
  • 1 cup roasted salted cashews, chopped
  • 1/3 cup roasted salted sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup chopped dried fruit cranberries, raisins, apricots, etc
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups Multi Grain Cheerios
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup half and half
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter OR PB2 powdered peanut butter

Instructions

  • Line a 9 x13 pan with foil, so that it hangs over the sides. Spray foil with cooking spray and set pan aside.
  • Heat canola oil in a large saute pan, and add quinoa and oats. Stir to coat with oil, and lightly toast the oats and quinoa. Remove from heat and let cool.
  • Place oat mixture into a large mixing bowl, and add cashews, sunflower seeds, chopped fruit, chocolate chips and Cheerios. Stir everything together to combine well.
  • Place sugar and water in a medium saucepan, stir lightly to dissolve, and bring to a boil. Cook over medium-high heat without stirring, until sugar is a faint golden color (about 6 minutes). Reduce heat to medium-low and continue to cook, stirring only as needed, until color is deep amber (another 1-3 minutes).
  • Immediately remove from heat, and stir in half and half, vanilla and peanut butter or PB2 powder.
  • Mixture will bubble vigorously, so be careful! Stir well and work quickly before caramel sets.
  • Quickly stir the caramel mixture into the oat/Cheerios mixture and stir well to coat everything with the caramel.
  • Transfer the mixture into the prepared pan and pat and pack very firmly into a smooth, flat layer. Make sure to pack the oat mixture as tightly as possible, or the bars will fall apart. Chill for at least 3 hours in the refrigerator. When chilled, lift foil out of pan, and cut into 16 bars.
  • Wrap each bar with wax or parchment paper as shown, as they can be a bit messy if eaten warm.
  • Store extras in an airtight container the refrigerator or freeze.

Notes

Nutrition information is for 1 bar made with reduced fat PB2 Powder.
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