Saturday, December 24, 2011

SFAI Clean Energy Bars

The Altitude Adjustment Section
I made these for Diane Karp's fantastic Bill McKibben event at the Lensic a while back and they were a big hit. Tasty and nutritious.
Makes about 30 2-inch bars.

1 1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats
1 cup raw sunflower seeds
1 cup raw sliced almonds
1 cup raw pumpkin seeds
3 cups puffed brown rice
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup almond butter
1 cup honey
1 tablespoon sea salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon

Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Toast the oats, sunflower seeds, almonds, pumpkin seeds. I found that the pumpkin seeds took the least amount of time, at 7 minutes, and the sunflower seeds the most, at about 15 minutes. When all the items are sufficiently toasted, toss them with the brown rice puffs and cranberries in a large bowl. In a small saucepan, heat the almond butter and honey just to get melty, not cooked. Stir in the salt and cinnamon, then pour over the oat and nut mixture and stir. You want to get everything incorporated and 'glued' together without crushing the tender puffs. Turn into a 9x13 baking dish lined with parchment sprayed with non stick spray and press the mixture evenly and firmly — again, try not crush the puffs too much. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for several hours or overnight. Cut into 2-inch squares before serving.