Chocolate, Almond & Coconut Cereal Bars
 
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A light, chocolaty sweet snack bar made with puffed wheat cereal, almonds, coconut and chocolate.
Serves: 8 Bars
Ingredients
  • 5 cups Puffed Wheat Cereal (I used Trader Joe's Sweetened Puff Wheat Cereal)
  • ½ cup almonds, slivered (I used raw, unsalted)
  • ½ cup coconut, shredded, unsweetened
  • 3 tbsp. brown rice syrup
  • 2 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar
  • ¼ cup dark chocolate melting wafers
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Line a 9 x 9" square pan with parchment paper (so ends extend over edges of pan).
  3. In a large bowl add puffed wheat cereal, almonds and coconuts; mix until combined.
  4. In a small saucepan over low heat, warm the brown rice syrup, maple syrup, vanilla, cocoa powder, salt and sugar; just until sugar is melted.
  5. Pour the liquid mixture on top of the dry ingredients, mixing well. Make sure everything is coated. Scoop the mixture into prepared baking pan and press down firmly with a back of a spoon (mixture will be sticky). I found using a piece of parchment paper and pressing on it with my hands works great in pressing the bars.
  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until lightly golden brown.
  7. Remove pan from oven, press mixture down again with spoon until the bars are flat. Set aside until completely cooled.
  8. Once cooled, take the bars out of the pan by grabbing the parchment paper. Remove the parchment paper and place bars onto a cutting board; with a sharp knife, cut into 8 or 12 slices.
  9. In a microwave safe bowl, melt the chocolate for 8 second intervals until chocolate is melted. Pour chocolate in a sandwich baggie and cut the corner off. Drizzle chocolate over cooled bars. Let the chocolate harden.
  10. I store mine in a sealed container at room temperature.
Notes
Calories per bar: 177, Fat: 5.8, Sodium: 169, Carbs: 29, Fiber: 3, Sugar: 14, Protein: 4
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Bar
Recipe by Peanut Butter and Peppers at http://www.peanutbutterandpeppers.com/2014/03/11/chocolate-almond-coconut-cereal-bars/