No-Bake Apple Bars

Mix up cereal, fruit, nuts and more goodies on your stove-top. No baking is needed for these easy on-the-go bars.

  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 2 hr 30 min
  • Servings 12

1 1/2
cups dried apples, finely chopped
1/2
cup chopped pecans
3
cups Whole Grain Total® cereal
1/3
cup honey
1/4
cup golden raisins
1
tablespoon packed brown sugar
1/3
cup peanut butter
1/4
cup apple butter
1/2
teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2
cup old-fashioned or quick-cooking oats
1/4
cup dry-roasted sunflower nuts

  • 1 Line bottom and sides of 8-inch square pan with foil; spray foil with cooking spray. Sprinkle 1/2 cup of the apples and 1/4 cup of the pecans over bottom of pan. Place cereal in resealable food-storage plastic bag; seal bag and coarsely crush with rolling pin or meat mallet. Set aside.
  • 2 In 4-quart Dutch oven, heat 1/2 cup of the apples, the honey, raisins and brown sugar to boiling over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to medium. Cook uncovered about 1 minute, stirring constantly, until hot and bubbly; remove from heat.
  • 3 Stir peanut butter into cooked mixture until melted. Stir in apple butter and cinnamon. Stir in oats and sunflower nuts until well mixed. Stir in crushed cereal.
  • 4 Press mixture very firmly (or bars will crumble) and evenly onto apples and pecans in pan. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup apples and 1/4 cup pecans; press lightly into bars. Refrigerate about 2 hours or until set. For bars, cut into 4 rows by 3 rows. Store covered in refrigerator.

Expert Tips

Each bar offers 1/2 serving of whole grain.

The beauty of this whole-grain breakfast bar is that it can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Bar
Calories
230
(
Calories from Fat
80),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
9g
9%
(Saturated Fat
1g,
1%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
0mg
0%;
Sodium
120mg
120%;
Total Carbohydrate
34g
34%
(Dietary Fiber
3g
3%
  Sugars
22g
22%
),
Protein
4g
4%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
4%;
Vitamin C
15%;
Calcium
35%;
Iron
40%;
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.