If you’re not familiar with the Kashi brand they’ve been around for 25 years and produce great tasting products that are also nutritious, minimally processed and free of highly refined sugars, and artificial additives. Of the three we were given my favorite was the Cinnamon Harvest, with only 3 ingredients it definitely fits into my Build a Better Me campaign; to eat less processed foods.
Trying to come up with a way to fit cereal into my morning routine I was inspired by a post I saw on Cinnamon Girl’s blog for Breakfast Bars. Using the Kashi Honey Sunshine Cereal as the base I experimented with different add-ins until I found the perfect combination.
Kashi Honey Sunshine Cereal Bars
butter, for greasing the pan
flour, for dusting pan
2 cups Kashi Honey Sunshine Cereal, coarsely chopped
3/4 cup sliced almonds
2/3 cup dried pears, coarsely chopped
1 teaspoon coconut extract
2/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
1/3 cup honey
2 large egg whites, room temperature
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Heat oven to 300°F. Line an 8x8 baking pan with parchment, grease and flour.
In a large bowl mix cereal, almonds, dried fruit, chocolate chips and flour.
In a separate bowl whisk together honey, egg whites, salt,coconut and vanilla. Pour over cereal mixture and combine well.
Add to the baking pan and pat down evenly and well using your hands.
Bake about 45 minutes until bars are dry on top and light golden around the edges. Cool completely, lift out of pan and slice with a serrated knife into bars or squares.