In this house we love working out! We are very active yet sometimes we find ourselves in the routine of eating the same healthful foods and getting very bored with them. So I wanted to make a healthful snack that we could just grab on the go that was not processed and did not have added sugar. Since these bars are homemade and do not have added sugars they are very soft, so my suggestion would be to stick them in a sealed tight container and put them in the freezer. That way they stay more fresh for longer and do not fall apart when you eat them.
1 1/2 cups brown rice puffs (or puffed rice cereal)
3/4 cups uncooked quick-cooking oats
3 Tbs. flax seed
1/4 cups finely chopped nuts, preferably roasted
(I used almonds, walnuts, and pecans)
1/4 cups finely chopped dried fruits
(I used apricots, craisins, and dates)
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/3 cup applesauce
1/3 cup honey
1 Tbs. brown sugar (this is to bind it together more)
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/3 cup all natural peanut butter or almond butter
-Add the brown rice crisps, oats, flax seed, chopped nuts, dried fruit, cinnamon, and applesauce in a bowl. Mix around until thoroughly wet throughout.
-In a small saucepan, bring the honey and brown sugar to a boil.
-Take off of the heat and add the vanilla and peanut butter. Stir with a whisk until combined.
-Add to the other mixture and throughly coat everything. Mixing with the hands seems to be the easiest way. Freeze for about 20 minutes until hard and then cut, store, and freeze.