Inspired by a recipe in Mark Bittman’s recent cookbook, I threw these together when I didn’t have exactly the ingredients called for in his recipe. Actually, if I’m being truthful, I used none of the ingredients in the quantity listed in the original recipe, so I’m claiming it as my own now.

Unlike most of the commercial cereal bars available, these bites are really low in added sugars, all whole grain, high in fiber, and full of good fats. Be careful to pick a healthful cereal, as it supplies the whole grains and some of the fiber. While pomegranite juice concentrate is pricey, it adds a fantastic undertone of flavor. If it’s not available, I’d suggets trying cherry juice concentrate or, at last resort, orange juice concentrate.

4 T cashew butter
1/4 c concentrated pomegrate juice
1 T honey
1/4 c ground flaxseed
1/2 c ground cashews
1/2 c raisins, chopped roughly (other sticky dried fruits, like apricots, would also work)
1/2 t cinnamon
1 1/2 c crunchy flax cereal (I used Enjoy Life, but any similar cereal could be used)

Mix the pomegranite concentrate, honey, and cashew butter. Grind the flaxseeds finely (into powder) in a coffee grinder. Mix into the pomegranite mixture. Grind the cashews finely and add to the bowl. Allow to rest briefly – for about 10 minutes – in order to thicken. Meanwhile, chop the raisins and line a cookie tin or storage container with waxed paper. One the mixture has rested, stir in the raisins and cereal. Using wet hands, shape into balls or logs and place in your container. The mixture will be quite sticky, but if it does not hold together, you can add another table of or two of honey or cashew butter. Re-wet your hands as necessary. Makes 20-30 (depending on size). Chill briefly, and enjoy.

(No photos because I ate them all and need to aquire more nuts to make more.)

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