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1. Gather the ingredients.

  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 1/4 cup rice crisp cereal
  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds (or pepitas)
  • 3 Tbsp sunflower seeds
  • 3 Tbsp dried cranberries
  • 3 Tbsp raisins
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter (or other nut butter)
  • 1/2 cup brown rice syrup

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2. Mix the dry ingredients together.

In a large bowl, add the rolled oats, rice crisp cereal, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, raisins, dried cranberries, cinnamon, and salt. Mix well.

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3. Cook the brown rice syrup and peanut butter together.

In a saucepan, add the brown rice syrup and peanut butter. Heat over medium while stirring to combine. Let the mixture bubble for 30 seconds to a minute (the mixture should become slightly more liquid), then turn it off and add the vanilla extract.

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4. Coat the dry ingredients with the wet mixture.

Pour the peanut butter/brown rice syrup mixture over the dry ingredients and mix with a spatula. Make sure you get everything coated with the mixture (the hemp seeds kept slipping to the bottom so I kept turning the ingredients over so that they would all be mixed in) so that the bars stick together.

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5. Pour and press the mixture into a pan.

Line an 8×8 inch Pyrex or baking pan with parchment paper to keep the bars from sticking. Pour the mixture into the pan and smooth and press it down with a spoon or spatula to keep all of the ingredients together. Place the pan in the freezer for about 10-15 minutes to firm up the bars.

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6. Cut the bars.

Lift the block of bars out of the pan using the parchment paper and place on the counter. Using a serrated knife or pizza cutter, cut the block into 12 rectangular bars. You can obviously make the bars bigger for hungry bellies, but these energy bars are pretty hearty!

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7. Serve and enjoy.

Serve immediately or put the bars into an airtight container, cover, and store in the fridge. You can also wrap the bars individually in plastic wrap or foil and refrigerate for a quick, portable snack option. Enjoy!

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