This recipe was a lot of fun to make! I found it online but changed up a lot of the ingredients to match what I had in my pantry. The squares are supposed to be energy “bars” however mine were sort of flimsy and not holding their shape. This is likely due to me switching out so many ingredients.
Ingredients I used:
1/2 cup silvered almonds
1 cup dried fruit (I used apricots and cranberries)
1/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
A small pinch of salt
1/2 cup of rolled oats
3 1/2 cups of Special K cereal
3/4 cup almond butter
1/2 cup honey
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Pam cooking spray
What to do:
Measure out dried fruit and almonds.
Give them a quick chop.
It doesn’t have to be perfect.
In a separate bowl, combine your cereal and oats.
Now you throw in those fruits and almonds and mix it all up!
Don’t forget your chocolate 🙂 I like the Kirkland brand from Costco.
Ok, next grab a microwave safe bowl and heat your almond butter (or peanut or whatever you decide to use) and honey until it bubbles. For my microwave, this took just over a minute.
While that’s getting nice and hot, grease a brownie pan.
Pull out your honey/ almond butter mixture and add to it the vanilla extract and salt. Stir. Pour into dry mix.
Mix well and place into your greased baking dish.
With wet hands, press the mixture down into the dish.
Cut into sections. I started cutting bars and then decided to do squares.
Allow to cool completely (I waited 2 hours) and enjoy! You can find the original recipe here.
This is a great make ahead recipe and is easy to double or triple. I especially like that you can substitute many of the ingredients to what you may have on hand. If you try it, please let me know how it turns out as well as what substitutions (if any) you made.