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Popcorn Almond Bars

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    Popcorn Almond Bars

    Spice up movie night or lift your spirits during a mid-afternoon energy slump with these popcorn bars full of nutritional goodness. The cardamom and orange zest are the surprise flavour boosters.

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    4 cups (1 L) popped popcorn
    1 1/2 cups (350 mL) rolled oats
    1/2 cup (125 mL) roughly chopped almonds
    1/2 cup (125 mL) raisins
    1/4 tsp (1 mL) ground cardamom
    1/4 tsp (1 mL) sea salt
    1/2 cup (125 mL) honey
    1/4 cup (60 mL) coconut palm sugar or other raw style sugar
    1/3 cup (80 mL) unsalted almond butter
    1 tsp (5 mL) orange zest

    In large bowl combine popcorn, oats, almonds, raisins, cardamom, and salt.

    In small saucepan, heat honey and sugar over medium-low heat until sugar has dissolved. Stir in almond butter and orange zest.

    Pour honey mixture onto popcorn mixture and stir until all contents are moist.

    Line 8 x 8 x 2 in (2 L) square baking pan with wax or parchment paper. Place popcorn mixture into pan and press down firmly. Place in refrigerator for at least 2 hours to harden.

    Slice into 12 squares for serving.

    Serves 12.

    Each serving contains: 199 calories; 4 g protein; 8 g total fat (1 g sat. fat, 0 g trans fat); 31 g total carbohydrates (18 g sugar, 3 g fibre); 52 mg sodium

    source: "Popcorn", alive #359, September 2012

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