I love eating breakfast bars on busy mornings; it's like having your favorite bowl of cereal on-the-go. Making homemade bars vs buying the prepackaged kind keeps them healthy and allows you to mix and match flavors according to your tastes. The combination below is one of my favorites.
Pecan Banana Cereal Bars
Butter, for greasing the pan
Flour, for dusting pan
2 cups Cascade Farm Purely O’s (or other low-sugar breakfast cereal)
3/4 cup chopped pecans
2/3 cup dried bananas, coarsely chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons whole-wheat flour
1/2 cup pure honey
2 large egg whites, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Heat oven to 300 degrees. Line an 8- by 8-inch baking pan with parchment paper. Grease the paper with butter and dust with flour.
In a large bowl, mix cereal, pecans, dried bananas, salt and flour. In a separate bowl, whisk together honey, egg whites and vanilla. Pour over cereal mixture and combine until cereal mixture is well coated. Spread mixture into the prepared baking pan and pat down evenly using your hands.
Bake about 45 minutes or 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.