Thursday, April 30, 2009

Puffed Rice Power Bars

Another recipe from my boyfriend, Alton Brown. I highly recommend you watch this episode if you are at all inclined to make your own power/granola bars.

3 ounces puffed brown rice, approximately 6 cups

3 tablespoons flax seed oil, plus extra for the pan (I used canola)

1 tablespoon orange blossom honey (I used blackberry honey)

7 ounces mini marshmallows, approximately 4 cups

3 ounces toasted slivered almonds, approximately 3/4 cup

1 1/2 ounces coarsely chopped dried cranberries, approximately 1/3 cup (I used raisins)

1 1/2 ounces coarsely chopped dried cherries, approximately 1/3 cup

1-ounce dried blueberries, approximately 1/3 cup
Lightly coat the inside of a 13 by 9 by 2-inch metal pan with oil and set aside. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Spread the brown puffed rice evenly on a sheet pan. Toast in the oven for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. While the rice is toasting, prepare the marshmallow mixture.

Place the oil, honey, and marshmallows in a large mixing bowl set over a pot of gently simmering water (I put mine in the microwave on high for 2 minutes, stirred and back in again for 1 minute). Stir until the marshmallows are melted, approximately 4 to 5 minutes. Once the marshmallows are melted, quickly add the toasted brown rice, almonds, and fruit and stir to combine. Coat your hands or a spatula with oil and spread the mixture evenly into the pan. Once the mixture has cooled completely, cut into squares and store in an airtight container for 1 to 2 days.

1 comment:

gwen1234 said...

Yay! I have all of these generic rice krispies left over from a Passover recipe that I never made, and I think they've found their destiny with these. Also another good vehicle for that ground flaxseed...