Get the kids involved in cooking these quick and easy almond nut bars. The perfect snack for the kids on the way to after school activities.
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 1/3 cups sliced almonds
1 1/3 cups pumpkin seeds
1 1/3 cups puffed rice
¾ cup dried dates, diced into cubes
½ cup dried cranberries
1 cup almond butter
1 cup Manuka honey
pinch of sea salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
Pre-heat oven to 180°C (or 160°C fan-forced). Toast oats for 10 minutes and then add almonds and pumpkin seeds and toast for another 5 minutes or until golden brown.
When all the items are sufficiently toasted, toss them with the puffed rice, chopped dates and dried cranberries in a large bowl.
In a small saucepan, heat the almond butter and honey just slightly (not cooked). Stir in the salt and cinnamon, and then pour over the dry mixture and stir.
Turn the mixture into a 9 ×13 baking dish lined with baking paper and press the mixture evenly and firmly. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for several hours. Cut into 5cm squares before serving.