School Safe Energy Bars
These bars are perfect for recess, an after school snack or before soccer practice.
- 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1 tablespoon flaxseeds
- 1 cup unsweetened whole-grain puffed cereal
- 1/3 cup chopped dried apricots (optional)
- 1/3 cup chopped golden raisins (optional)
- ¾ cup sunflower seed butter
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat an 8-inch-square pan with cooking spray.
Spread oats and seeds on a large, rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes until they are lightly toasted. Transfer to a large bowl. Add cereal, apricots and raisins; toss to combine.
Combine sunflower seed butter, coconut oil, honey, vanilla and salt in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat until the mixture bubbles lightly, about 3 minutes. Stir frequently.
Immediately pour the sunflower seed butter mixture over the dry ingredients and mix with a spoon until no dry spots remain. Transfer to the prepared pan. Using your hands press the mixture down firmly to make an even layer. Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes; cut into 8 bars.