Monday, February 27, 2012

I am in Modesto visiting my son for the next 3 days and since my diet is significantly different than his I brought most of my own food, except things that would not survive the 6 hour drive. I was in Raleys a local grocery store and snooped around their organic section, and I came across the power bars and there sat a box of White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cliff Bar. There was only one left...the r...est of the flavors in boxes were nearly full... so I thought to myself this flavor must be I bought one. I have to say it was quite good, but a bit too sweet. Then I got to thinking...I wonder if there is a recipe on the web on how to make a homemade version of the Cliff bar...afterall they aren't cheap. And guess what! there is :) I copied the recipe and am sharing it here. I haven't tried it yet because I am not home, but I plan to in the near future.

Homemade Cliff Bars (no bake!)
There is plenty of room for variation here, so let your mind and tastebuds run wild. I have a few variation ideas to get you started. And yes, you can definitely double this recipe and press into a 13x9-inch pan insteads of an 8-inch pan.

1 and 1/4 cups crisp rice cereal (e.g., I like Erwhon Crisp Brown, but Rice Krispies are fine)
1 cup uncooked quick-cooking oats
2 tablespoons ground flaxseed (flaxseed meal)1/4 cup finely chopped dried fruit (e.g., raisins, dried cranberries, dried cherries, etc.)
1/4 cup finely chopped nuts or seeds (pepitas are great)
1/3 cup brown rice syrup
1/2 cup nut butter (preferably natural, well-stirred, but creamy is fine, too)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Optional: 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Combine the rice cereal, oats, flaxseed meal, dried fruit, and nuts in a large bowl.

Combine the syrup and nut butter in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring until melted and well-blended (alternatively microwave in small microwave-safe bowl 30-60 seconds until melted). Stir in vanilla until blended.

Pour nut butter mixture over cereal mixture, stirring until coated (use a wooden spoon at first, then get your hands in it. It will be sticky, but this way you can really coat everything. Just scrape off your hands when you're done). Press mixture firmly into an 8-inch square pan (sprayed with nonstick cooking spray) using a large square of wax paper (really tamp it down). Cool in pan on a wire rack and chill at least 30 minutes to help it set. Cut into 12 bars. (Wrap bars tightly in plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator).

**** the photo is from the blog

eat your fruits & veggies!   xo Inge

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