How to Create Your Own Snack Bars

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With many Americans leading incredibly busy lifestyles, food on the go is a major part of life. Grabbing a snack bar to toss in your purse or briefcase can be a lifesaver at various points in the day. However, you don't necessarily have to indulge in store-bought snack bars which are often filled with undesirable ingredients like high fructose corn syrup and preservatives. Creating your own snacks bars is not only an easy answer to creating a healthier bar, but allows you to fill it with ingredients you absolutely love.

Preheat your oven to 176 degrees C. Pour 1 cup of a sugar free cereal into a bowl. Since these are bars of your own creation, you can use any kind of cereal you like. Ideally, the cereal should be sugar free, but it doesn't have to be.

Add 1/2 cup dried fruit and mix them in with a spoon. Since these bars are completely up to you, you can select any type of dried fruit you like, from raisins to cranberries. If you select larger fruits, like apricots or nectarines, chop them up finely before adding them.

Add 1/2 cup of nuts to the mixture and combine thoroughly with your spoon. Select any type of nuts that you like. Having whole nuts in these bars will make them feel like a heartier snack, but you can chop them if you like.

Add 1/4 cup carob or yoghurt chips. This ingredient is optional and for those who have more of a sweet tooth. If you're really feeling indulgent, use real chocolate chips. Mix them in thoroughly.

Add 1/2 cup nut butter of your choice to the mixture. Use cashew nut butter, almond nut butter or any kind of your liking. Mix vigorously. Add 1/2 cup of honey and continue to mix thoroughly. You want the honey and nut butter to cover all the ingredients evenly.

Line an 8 inch by 8 inch pan with waxed paper. Pour all the ingredients into the pan. Press them down in place, moulding them into a flat shape. Bake for eight to 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let them cool. Then cut them into bar shapes.

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