Apricot Pecan Bars
Give your kids a breakfast boost with these homemade apricot bars. Unlike many packaged granola bars, our recipe contains whole grain oats, loaded with soluble fiber, selenium and B vitamins.
PREP TIME :
- 3 cups quick cooking oats
- 1/2 cup pecans, chopped (almonds or walnuts may be substituted)
- 3 cups unsweetened grain cereal (try Cheerios or Shredded Wheat)
- 2 cups dried apricots, chopped (dried cherries or cranberries may be substituted)
- 1/4 cup whole-wheat flour
- 12 ounces silken tofu, drained
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup applesauce
- 1/2 cup canola oil
- 3/4 cup honey
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 Tbsp. lemon zest, freshly grated
- 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
- Cooking spray
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Spread oats and pecans on large (15×10 inch) baking dish. Bake until lightly brown and fragrant, 8 to 10 minutes.
- Transfer to large mixing bowl and add cereal, apricots and flour; stir to combine.
- Puree tofu, egg, applesauce, oil, honey, vanilla and lemon zest in a blender until smooth.
- Make a well in the center of the oat mixture and fold in the tofu mixture until combined.
- Coat 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray and spread the mixture uniformly in the dish.
- Bake until firm in the center and golden brown, approximately 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool completely in the dish before cutting into bars with a sharp knife.
Nutrition (per serving):
190 calories, 8 g total fat (<1 g saturated fat), 29 g carbohydrate,
4 g protein, 3 g dietary fiber, 55 mg sodium.