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So, I’m a vegetarian.

This means protein – and finding ways to get enough of it – is important.

Not difficult – just important.

Snacks that are healthy and high in protein are something I’m always looking for.

While I don’t know the exact specs on these little pieces of heaven, I’m pretty sure they’re up there in the protein department.

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Chewy Fruit, Nut and Grain Bars

2 c rolled oats
1/4 c slivered almonds
1/4 c sesame seeds
1/4 c hemp seeds
1/4 c dried cherries*
1/4 c dried currants
1/4 c dried cranberries
1/4 c dried blueberries
1/4 c dried apricots
1/2 c water
1/2 c 8-grain cereal (Bulk Barn)
1/2 c honey
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1 c almond butter
1 tsp vanilla

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*  Toast oats, almonds and sesame seeds on a cookie sheet under a broiler until they are lightly browned.  Stir often and keep an eye on them as they will burn easily.  Set aside.
*  Combine dried fruit in a food processor and mince.  Don’t over mix as they will go gummy.
*  Combine fruit and oat mixes with hemp seeds and mix very well.  Use your hands!
*  In a small saucepan, bring water to a boil.  Stir in cereal, remove from heat and let sit for a few minutes.
*  Add nut butter, honey, salt and vanilla to cereal, return to heat and stir constantly for 7 minutes.
*  Combine nut butter mix to oat mix and stir well.
*  Line an 9″x7″ glass dish with foil ( and press mixture evenly and firmly.
*  Let sit for several hours at room temperature before peeling off the foil and cutting.
*  Refrigerate.
*  Makes 24 1″x2″ bars.

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Recipe notes:

If you’re looking for a firm, crunchy granola bar, this definitely isn’t the recipe for you.

They are soft and chewy and yummy and shame on you for judging a granola bar on their ability to snap in half. 

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* Try to get dried fruit that don’t contain extra sugar.  It’s nearly impossible in The Bulk Barn, but I still check ingredients anyhow.

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About Angela

My name is Angela. I am a 28 year old psych and criminology graduate, but I'd rather not diagnose you. I am a cuddle-slut. I can recite the entire script of The Princess Bride, (including accents) and believe that the meaning of life is contained within. Polyanna, Snap.com commercials, and Oprah 'reunion shows' make me cry. I can whistle and hum at the same time, but I cannot touch my toes. I am an expert in both listening and talking. I look good in orange. I am a writer. I kick ass in Gin, Hearts, and Cribbage but I don't understand Canasta or Bridge. I can be heard singing Broadway numbers from my shower, and have dressed up as a viking princess, (complete with aluminum foil breast plate) The Phantom of the Opera, and a Ghostbuster for Hallowe'en. I have a bird named Bean. I have a brother named Adam. They are not related. I like vanilla body lotion, peanut butter, saunas, Jim Carrey, broccoli, pets, TheOnion.com, Muppets, Kevin Smith, Corelle dishes, dry erase white-boards, Barenaked Ladies, Philosophy, the letter J, Harry Potter, picture frames, swimming, quilting, Michael Moore, genealogy, Raggedy Anne, tacky 50's tchotchke, 'Idiot's Complete Guide To' books, tweezers, feather pillows, polar dips, aquariums, Martin Luther King Jr., and Dr. Pepper. I don't like meat, gossips, cooked carrots, American Idol, mosquitoes, sweating, politics, public washrooms, tardiness, tuition, hunting, pat answers, pick up lines, brown bananas, cliches, pine scented air freshener, Kevin Costner, bacon, candied apples, pro-wrestling, humidity, and hypocrisy. Books I've read recently The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Dark Tower, When Nietzsche Wept, What's So Amazing About Grace?, Catcher in the Rye, Not Wanted On the Voyage, The Red Tent, The Little Prince, The Way the Crow Flies, Slaughterhouse-Five, The Poisonwood Bible, The Fall, The Knot of Vipers, Calculating God, The Chrysalids, Sick Puppy, Nineteen Eighty-Four, Franny and Zooey, The Brothers Karamazov, and jPod. I am slightly neurotic. No I'm not. Yes I am.

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