Make up a batch of these dense bars ahead of time and have them on hand for a quick, portable breakfast.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Brush an 8-by-8-inch baking dish with oil. Line bottom and two sides with parchment paper, leaving a 2-inch overhang on each side. Brush paper with oil. In a bowl, combine spelt, cherries, flaxseeds, pecans, pistachios, and salt; set aside.

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  • In a small saucepan, combine honey, peanut butter, oil, and vanilla. Cook over medium until melted. Add to dry ingredients and stir to combine. Transfer mixture to prepared pan; smooth top. Bake until golden and edges pull away from sides of pan, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool completely in pan. Using paper overhang, lift bars out of pan. On a cutting board, cut into 8 pieces using a serrated knife. Store in an airtight container, separating pieces with wax or parchment paper, for one week.

Cook's Notes

These will last up to a week at room temperature, or for three months if wrapped individually and frozen.

Reviews (5)

41 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 10
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 12
  • 2 star values: 7
  • 1 star values: 8
Rating: Unrated
04/27/2013
These are really convenient to have on hand, not to mention super tasty. I usually make a double batch, wrap each bar in plastic wrap and keep them in the freezer for when I don't feel like making breakfast. Freezing them helps keep them together as well- if I wait too long to eat one after taking it out of the freezer it gets a bit sticky.
Rating: Unrated
10/28/2012
I made these and made several changes - used oats, subbed almonds and pine nuts for the pecans and pistachios, used a cherry/raisin blend, chunky peanut butter, and unsweetened applesauce in place of the oil. They came out so moist that they tend to fall apart, but they are very delicious. I think next time I will add more dry goods (dried coconut and more flax) and perhaps bake a little longer.
Rating: Unrated
10/21/2012
This was a winner with even the most picky eaters. I used oats instead of the spelt flakes and we mixed up the variety of dried fruit and nuts/seeds we put in. Very good!!
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Rating: Unrated
10/14/2012
I wouldn't bother making these again. They just weren't that great. This was a very easy recipe to make - no skill or special equipment needed. However the bars are just blah despite all the ingredients. The bars are very very thin and don't hold the shape. I ended up just crumbling it over greek yogurt. Won't be making these again.
Rating: Unrated
05/24/2012
These were SO good! I used oatmeal instead of spelt flakes also, because I could not find them either, but mine stuck together just fine. I also used coconut oil for walnut oil, and almonds as the only nuts. I've made breakfast bars from other recipes before, and these are by far the best.