Filling and satisfying, these bars are good food on the go. Keep them in your desk drawer as an alternative to the temptations of the snack machine. Many of the ingredients in these bars are available in the bulk department, making this recipe a smart budget choice as well.
3 tablespoons canola oil or melted unsalted butter
3/4 cup honey
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon grated nutmeg
4 ounces dark chocolate (at least 60% dark), chopped or broken into small pieces (about 3/4 cup)
1/3 cup cacao nibs
1 cup dried unsweetened cherries, roughly chopped
1 1/4 cup rolled oats
3/4 cup rolled wheat
1/3 cup flax seeds
2 teaspoons xanthan gum
Canola spray oil, as needed for pan
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
Preheat the oven to 350°F and position rack in middle of oven. Line a 9x13-inch baking dish with parchment paper or foil and oil with canola spray oil. In a small bowl, combine oil with honey, vanilla and nutmeg. In a separate bowl, combine chocolate pieces, cacao nibs, chopped cherries, oats, wheat, flax seeds, salt and xanthan gum. Pour liquid ingredients over dry ingredients and stir to coat completely and combine well. Pour into prepared pan and press flat with a spatula.
Bake until the bars are lightly golden on top, about 30 minutes. Set aside to cool completely before cutting into bars.
Per Serving: Serving size: 1 Bar, 180 calories (70 from fat), 7g total fat, 1.5g saturated fat, 26g carbohydrates, (3 g dietary fiber, 17g sugar), 2g protein.
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