Energy Bars

Serves 16 squares
Prep time

These energy bars make a great snack or even breakfast. And the good thing is you can substitute with any nuts and/or dried fruit you have on hand.

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  • 1 Cup
    pecans, crushed
  • 1 Cup
    rolled oats
  • 1/3 Cup
    pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 Cup
  • 2/3 Cups
    dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 Cup
  • 4 Tablespoons
    unsalted butter
  • 1/2 Teaspoon
  • 1 Teaspoon
  • 2 Cups
    puffed rice cereal
  • 3/4 Cups
    dried cranberries


  1. Preheat the oven to 350° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread the pecans, oats, pumpkin seeds and flaxseeds on the sheet and bake until fragrant, 8 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl.

  2. In a saucepan, bring the sugar, honey, butter and salt to a boil over moderate heat. Simmer until the sugar is dissolved and a light brown caramel forms, 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla.

  3. Drizzle the caramel all over the nut-and-oat mixture. Stir in the puffed rice and cranberries until evenly coated.

  4. Line an 8-inch square baking dish with parchment paper, extending the paper over the side. Scrape the cereal mixture into the dish in an even layer. Cover the mixture with a second sheet of parchment and press down to compress it. Let stand until firm, about 2 hours.

  5. Discard the top piece of parchment. Using the overhanging paper, lift out the cereal square and transfer it to a work surface. Cut into bars or squares and serve.


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