5-Ingredient Strawberry Almond Cereal Bars {GF, Vegan, No-Bake}

by alexandra

5-Ingredient Strawberry Almond Cereal Bars  {GF, Vegan} - a simple, healthy snack made with 5 all-natural ingredients, sweetened with agave, and loaded with tangy freeze-dried strawberries. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

All Mondays should call for 5-ingredient recipes, am I right? Nothing too fussy or complicated – just 5 ingredients and 5 steps on the way to healthy snacking bliss – AMEN. I’ve been reading through responses from the reader survey I put out last week (you can fill one out here if you haven’t already!), and one thing I’ve noticed is that you guys love your healthy recipes ← and I love that. So, as promised, I’m giving you what you want in the form of quick and easy cereal bars made with nothing more than a few natural ingredients, sweetened with agave, and loaded with (healthy!) almonds and strawberries. Wooh!

5-Ingredient Strawberry Almond Cereal Bars {GF, Vegan} - a simple, healthy snack made with 5 all-natural ingredients, sweetened with agave, and loaded with tangy freeze-dried strawberries. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

 The best part is that they taste like GOOD snacking, not just healthy snacking. There’s all kinds of crunch and texture from brown rice cereal, sliced almonds, and tangy freeze-dried strawberries, plus the perfect amount of sweetness from the agave and some almond butter. Plus, did you see what we did just there? ↑ Every single ingredient named in one sentence. Now THAT’S what I call a good snack – simple, natural, healthy, the end. ;)

5-Ingredient Strawberry Almond Cereal Bars {GF, Vegan} - a simple, healthy snack made with 5 all-natural ingredients, sweetened with agave, and loaded with tangy freeze-dried strawberries. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

5-Ingredient Strawberry Almond Cereal Bars {GF, Vegan}

12 bars

5-Ingredient Strawberry Almond Cereal Bars {GF, Vegan}

A healthy grab-and-go snack made with 5 all-natural ingredients that's loaded with crunch, texture, and tangy freeze-dried strawberries.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 ounces (2 cups) brown rice cereal
  • 1 ounce (1 1/2 cups) freeze-dried strawberries, coarsely chopped
  • 3 1/2 ounces (1 cup) sliced almonds, toasted*
  • 4 1/2 ounces (1/2 cup) almond butter
  • 4 1/2 ounces (3/8 cup) agave nectar

Instructions

  1. Line an 8" square pan with foil and grease foil with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, toss together the brown rice cereal, freeze-dried strawberries, and almonds.
  3. In a small saucepan set over medium heat, heat agave until temperature reaches 255ºF on an instant-read or candy thermometer. Remove from heat immediatley and add to dry ingredients along with almond butter. Mix everything together until evenly combined.
  4. Press mixture into bottom of prepared pan in a flat, compact layer. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours, or until firm. Use foil to lift bars from pan and slice.
  5. Once cut, transfer bars to an airtight container and store in refrigerator. For best texture, allow to soften at room temperature for a couple minutes before eating.

Notes

*To toast almonds, place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and toast in a 350ºF oven for about 8 minutes, until golden and fragrant.

http://brighteyedbaker.com/2015/08/03/5-ingredient-strawberry-almond-cereal-bars-gf-vegan-no-bake/

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Emma {Emma's Little Kitchen} August 3, 2015

You are so right, lets keep it simple! I have some brown puffed rice cereal languishing in my cupboard. Looks like they may have a purpose after all!
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Ilona @ Ilona's Passion August 3, 2015

Yum! So easy to make, just couple ingredients and it’s delicious!
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Ashley August 3, 2015

I love how few ingredients these bars have! I don’t know if I’ve ever bought freeze-dried strawberries before … madness!
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alexandra August 6, 2015

I just bought them for the first time a couple months ago… between those and freeze-dried raspberries I’m obsessed! They really open up your options when fresh fruit is too juicy. Trader Joe’s has them!

Ana September 3, 2015

What can we substitute agave with?

alexandra September 5, 2015

Honey would work; technically that would make the recipe no longer vegan though.

Amy Tolley May 18, 2016

great recipe sound amazing thanks for sharing with us

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