If you have resolved to work out more and eat healthier this year, there's a snack that's sure to help keep you energized through the day. No, it's not from a juice bar or the supplements aisle at Whole Foods. It's the trail mix bar from Ula Cafe.
At this award-winning Jamaica Plain neighborhood gem, the coffee is great, the baked goods are delectable, and the sandwiches are inspired. So it's no surprise if even regulars overlook this humble little bar. But if it's energy you're after, look no further than this protein-packed, corn syrup free, and veganish (there's honey) treat.
During the development process of the trail mix bar, Ula's Assistant Back-of-House Manager Kelly discovered that most existing recipes call for corn syrup as a binding agent. For a healthier twist, she used ground flax seed and water for an egg-free, corn-free solution that sticks.
Jam-packed with seeds and nuts of all types, whip up a batch of chewy trail mix bars for an energizing on the go snack, or stop into Ula Cafe and pick one up!
ULA CAFE'S CHEWY TRAIL MIX BARS
Makes 1 18"x12" pan
• 1 1/2 cup peanut butter
• 1 1/4 cup honey
• 1 teaspoon cinnamon
• 2 teaspoon vanilla
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 3/4 cup ground flax seed
• 2/3 cup hot water
• 3 cups seeds and nuts (we use flax, sesame, pepitas, sunflower seeds, and almonds)
• 2 cups oats
• 4 cups crispy rice cereal
• 1 1/2 cup toasted nuts (we use pecans and walnuts)
• 3 1/2 cup dried fruits (we use dates, apricots, apples and cranberries)
Melt peanut butter with honey in a small pot on the stove. Once melted, add cinnamon, vanilla, and salt. Set aside.
Combine ground flax seed and hot water. Mixture will become gummy in texture. Set
Toast seeds, nuts, oats, and cereal in 325 degree oven for 5-8 minutes or until toasty and
Puree dried fruits and nuts in food processor. Leave some fruits and nuts in larger bits as you want.
Combine all dry ingredients (nuts, seeds, oats, cereal, dried fruit) in a large bowl.
Pour flax mixture in the pot of hot peanut butter and honey mixture. Stir well. Pour over
dry ingredients and stir to ensure even coating.
Pour into pan lined with parchment paper. Press into pan. To achieve a solid bar, the ingredients must be packed into the pan quite firmly.
Refrigerate overnight and cut into desired size bars.
Thanks, Kelly & Ula Cafe!
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