Puffed Kamut Energy Bars
Kamut is an ancient Egyptian word for wheat. A rich, buttery tasting whole grain, it has higher levels of protein than traditional wheat and more vitamin E. These energy bars call for puffed kamut - think puffed rice - which is sold in the cereal aisle of your super market or health food store. Bonus: With only 50 calories per cup, it's pretty low in calories - so don't feel bad about having two!
- 1 cup pecans
- 1/2 cup almonds
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- 5 unsweetened apricots, quartered
- 1 tablespoon flax or chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 2 cups puffed kamut
- 1/2 cup dried currants or dried blueberries, preferably unsweetened
- 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- Zest from 1 lemon
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a medium baking dish with parchment paper or rub with oil.
- In a food processor, pulse the pecans, almonds, peanut butter, apricots, chia or flax seeds, and canola oil until coarsely chopped.
- Scrape nut and fruit mixture into a large bowl. Stir in puffed kamut, currants, and coconut.
- Spread mixture evenly into the prepared baking dish and press down to flatten. Sprinkle the lemon zest evenly over the top.
- Bake for 25 minutes until browned at the edges.
- Let cool then carefully cut into rectangles, or totally butcher it and eat it in chunks. That's cool too.
- Recipe provided by Rachael Hartley, R.D., founder of Avocado A Day Nutrition
Per serving: 193 kcal cal., 16 g fat (3 g sat. fat), 13 g carb., 3 g fiber, 7 g sugar, 4 g pro.. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet