PUMPKIN BUTTER ENERGY BARS

Pumpkin Butter Energy Bars recipe || Forget buying bland, costly granola bars at the grocery store. Making a batch at home is easy, way cheaper, and incredibly delicious! || @thismessisours #nobake #granolabars #energybars

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1 cup gluten-free oats
  • ⅓ cup pepitas
  • ¼ cup slivered almonds
  • ⅔ cup light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup pumpkin butter
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups puffed brown rice cereal
  • ½ cup dried cranberries

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread the pecans, oats, pepitas, and almonds on the sheet and bake about 8 minutes or until fragrant. Transfer to a large mixing bowl.
  2. In a saucepan, bring the sugar, honey, pumpkin butter, butter, and salt to a boil over medium heat. Make a light caramel sauce by simmering until the sugar dissolves completely, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and pour the caramel over the nut and oat mixture. Stir in the brown rice cereal and the cranberries until evenly coated.
  3. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper, extend the paper over the sides of the pan to use as a handle later. Pour the cereal mixture into the baking dish and spread out into an even layer. Cover the pan with a second piece of parchment and press down very firmly to compress the bars so that they don’t fall apart when you remove them from the pan. Let the mixture stand for about 2 hours until firm.
  4. Discard the top piece of parchment and use the “handles” from the second piece of parchment to gently remove the cereal square from the pan then cut the squares into 12 equal size bars and serve.

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